Animals
Climate Change Causing Birds to Shrink

Climate Change Causing Birds to Shrink

  In September we wrote about a study that revealed that bird populations have declined nearly 30 percent — a loss of 3 billion birds — in the last fifty years. While scientists don’t quite know what’s caused this decline, new evidence shows that in addition to species decline, North American migratory bids have been […]

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The Makah Tribe Wants to Resume Hunt Whales, NOAA Must Pick a Side in Animal vs. Tribal Rights

The Makah Tribe Wants to Resume Hunt Whales, NOAA Must Pick a Side in Animal vs. Tribal Rights

As the LA Times recently reported, this year, an administrative trial in Washington state could dictate whether the Makah tribe can resume hunting gray whales. The Makah, who live in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula have asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a waiver from the Marine Mammal Protection Act so they can restart their […]

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One Fun Thing: Almost All Dolphins Are Right Side Dominant

One Fun Thing: Almost All Dolphins Are Right Side Dominant

More than 90 percent of humans are right-handed — and most animals (80%) are similarly right-side dominant. But bottlenose dolphins are almost exclusively right dominant.  According to CNN, scientists conducting research on dolphins observed that dolphins always turn to their left when foraging for food on the seabed.  They thrust their noses or snouts into […]

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Something To Be Thankful For: The Efforts of African Parks

Something To Be Thankful For: The Efforts of African Parks

We asked our partner, National Geographic’s Campaign for Nature about a success from this past year for which they’re thankful. They shared with us the story of African Parks which helps to privately manage vast protected areas throughout Africa as a means to save critically endangered wildlife from poaching. The Beginning: Established in 2000, African […]

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Something to Be Thankful For: Ending Private Ownership of Big Cats

Something to Be Thankful For: Ending Private Ownership of Big Cats

Our partners at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are dedicated to ending the private ownership of big cats like lions and tigers. So when we asked them what they were thankful for this year they wanted to share the progress that has been made to end cruelty and abuse of these amazing animals. […]

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Two Species On the Precipice of Extinction

Two Species On the Precipice of Extinction

The last surviving Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia has died in captivity, with the WWF estimating that there are only about 80 left mostly living in the wild in Sumatra and Borneo, and the entire species is on the verge of extinction due to poaching and deforestation.  But, National Geographic reports scientists have found and photographed a silver-backed chevrotain, a small deer-like species, in southern Vietnam that was feared to be extinct since its last known siting was in 1990.

Why This Matters:  This good news-bad news story juxtaposition shows both the fragility and the resilience of nature – both species will be lucky if they make it

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Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

A historic bush fire has torn through the eastern Australia coast, killing at least four people according to The Washington Post, and now hundreds of Australia’s most iconic symbol — koala bears — are also feared dead.   But now, CNN reports that non-profits like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are using dogs trained to find koalas in the wild to rescue them.

Why This Matters:  For Australians, this is a national tragedy, and it painfully demonstrates the link between climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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So What is Biodiversity, Exactly?

So What is Biodiversity, Exactly?

We write a lot about biodiversity, but it’s a complicated topic and we thought that we’d use this week to take a deeper dive into what it means and why we should all care about the issue. So here goes, the American Museum of Natural History defines biodiversity (from “biological diversity”) as the variety of […]

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Honoring Animal War Veterans

Honoring Animal War Veterans

While humans generally get most of the recognition today, animals have helped play an important part in military operations throughout our history.

Why This Matters: We should remember to honor animal veterans today in addition to the human ones. The bravery of animals helps save countless human lives and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

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One Funny Thing: Animals Crash Sporting Events

One Funny Thing: Animals Crash Sporting Events

This past Monday you may have seen a video of a black cat that ran across MetLife Stadium at the New York Giant’s home game. Attempts to capture the cat by a local no-kill shelter were unsuccessful so the famous feline is still out there somewhere causing mischief. However, we chuckled to learn that animals […]

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Alaska’s Bowhead Whales Are MIA, Leaving Eskimos Short of Key Source of Food

Alaska’s Bowhead Whales Are MIA, Leaving Eskimos Short of Key Source of Food

Alaskan Native Tribes began their annual bowhead whale hunt over a month ago, but so far in Utqiagvik the whalers have seen no whales — this is unprecedented — last year at this point in the hunt these Alaskans had already landed 20.  This was the warmest summer ever and there is less ice offshore according to the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, which many believe is causing the whales to migrate much farther away from shore.

Why This Matters:  Because of warmer temperatures in the Arctic, fish that used to remain farther south are moving into the region, with big implications for food security in Alaska and beyond.

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When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

by CT Harry, Marine Campaigner, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)   North Atlantic right whales once numbered tens of thousands in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Labrador Sea to the coast of Florida. They were nearly driven extinct by whaling at the turn of the century and, tragically, once again, are […]

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