Animals
One Cool Thing: Two New Right Whale Calves Spotted in GA/FL

One Cool Thing: Two New Right Whale Calves Spotted in GA/FL

We have a first time mom! The first live right whale calf of the season was spotted by biologists with @CMAquarium off Cumberland Island, GA December 4. Mom is known right whale ‘Chiminea.' Chiminea is at least 13-years-old and this is her first known calf. Photo: @CMAquarium pic.twitter.com/khcGrCSDOC — NOAA Fish Southeast (@NOAAFish_SERO) December 7, 2020 Good […]

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Farmers and Conservationists Work Together to Bring Back California’s Water Birds

Farmers and Conservationists Work Together to Bring Back California’s Water Birds

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer California’s Central Valley was once home to egrets, sandhill cranes, and other water birds who wintered in the region’s wetlands. However, agriculture and urban development have taken over 95 percent of these former wetlands, replacing them with crops like wine grapes, olives, almonds and other “permanent crops” that are […]

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Tiger King Helps Build Support for Act to Ban Private Ownership of Big Cats

Tiger King Helps Build Support for Act to Ban Private Ownership of Big Cats

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” a bill that would prohibit the private ownership of big cats like lions and tigers. As CNN reported, the bill passed the House with a 272-114 vote, with 48 Republicans voting with Democrats to approve the measure. Democratic Rep. Mike […]

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One Cool Thing: Alligators Can Regrow Their Tails

One Cool Thing: Alligators Can Regrow Their Tails

Scientists have long known that some reptiles — like lizards and geckos — can regrow their tails.  But they recently learned that alligators can do the same, CNN reports.  This was a surprise to scientists, who used advanced imaging techniques to discover that juvenile alligators also have the ability to regrow their tails up to […]

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Utah’s Largest Wildlife Overpass Sees Impressive Early Results

Utah’s Largest Wildlife Overpass Sees Impressive Early Results

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Dozens of animals are using Utah’s largest wildlife overpass sooner than expected, and experts are excited about what this means for the safety of people and local wildlife. The overpass, which was built over Interstate 80 in Utah, is 50 feet wide and 320 feet long and serves as […]

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Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

On Friday, the Trump administration moved another step closer to cutting federal protections for birds despite opposition from conservation groups and experts. Former federal officials have come forward to say that cuts will severely endanger the U.S. bird population.

 

Why This Matters: There are approximately 7 billion birds in North America. Harmful industrial practices in the U.S. kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds each year in the U.S., according to estimates by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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