Animals
One Cool Thing: Where’s Walrus?

One Cool Thing: Where’s Walrus?

Do you have a good eye? Are you surprisingly good at Where’s Waldo and like Walruses? If so, we have great opportunity for you! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking volunteers to help count Atlantic walruses…from space.   Sea ice is retreating fast as global temperatures rise, forcing walruses to crowd on smaller floes […]

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China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]

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One Cool Thing: We Have a Winner!

One Cool Thing: We Have a Winner!

The people have spoken! The portly patriarch of paunch persevered to pulverize the Baron of Beardonkadonk in the final match of #FatBearWeek 2021. 480 Otis can now boast a bevy of bests w/ this fourth 1st place finish. As we celebrate, like a true champ 480 is still chowing down. pic.twitter.com/rLvm7pvGJW — Katmai National Park […]

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Biden Administration Reinstates Migratory Bird Protections click button

Biden Administration Reinstates Migratory Bird Protections

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Biden Administration announced that it would restore protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, enforcing rules that hold companies accountable for killing wild birds. The Trump Administration dramatically scaled back these rules, folding to the demands of oil companies, utilities, and other industries. Under these new rules, companies […]

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One Cool Thing: Fat Bear Week

One Cool Thing: Fat Bear Week

It’s Fat Bear Week folks, and a winner must be chosen before hibernation season arrives. This annual competition is a National Park tradition and includes a March Madness style tournament where bear-lovers nationwide can vote on the heftiest, thickest bear to win it all. Twelve fat bears have been selected out of the estimated 2,200 […]

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23 Species Declared Extinct in the United States

23 Species Declared Extinct in the United States

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Twenty-three species in the United States will be declared extinct by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today. The extinctions include 11 birds, eight freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat, and a plant. These species will join a list of more than 150 others already declared extinct in the […]

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