Animals
Renewing a Fundamental Commitment To Save America’s Whale on World Whale Day

Renewing a Fundamental Commitment To Save America’s Whale on World Whale Day

By CT Harry To unearth a solution to a problem, it is often said that one must start from the truth—and then work your way from there. This is as true of the resolution of problems within the realm of nature as it is of those within human society. Even though our legislative successes as […]

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First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida click button

First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida

Last weekend a sportfishing boat off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida struck and killed a one-month-old North Atlantic Right Whale calf, according to Florida news outlets The fishing boat reported the strike after it had to run ground to avoid sinking – the five people aboard were unharmed.

Why This Matters: Since 2017, 47 North Atlantic right whales had been found dead or injured, and the population of this species has shrunk to only 400 members.  These deaths are preventable — and environmental groups argue that the government should have stricter rules to protect this species now given the spike in fatalities.

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Judge Strikes Down Trump’s Lift of Mining Ban in Threatened Bird Habitats

Judge Strikes Down Trump’s Lift of Mining Ban in Threatened Bird Habitats

Last week, a federal judge struck down a Trump administration action that abrogated an agreement under which no mining would occur in the habitat of the threatened greater sage grouse. While the judge’s decision doesn’t reinstate the Obama-era ban, the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management must reevaluate the efficacy of mining in the region.

Why This Matters: In the midst of a global biodiversity crisis, the Audubon society reports that two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change.

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Bolivian Authorities Investigate Mass Poisoning of Endangered Condors

Bolivian Authorities Investigate Mass Poisoning of Endangered Condors

Last weekend, Bolivian officials announced an investigation into the poisoning of 35 endangered condors in a small rural community. Andean condors are one of the largest flying birds in existence and their numbers have been consistently declining.

Why This Matters: We’ve reported many times on the ongoing biodiversity crisis scientists predict we will lose one-third of all species by 2070.

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One Inspirational Thing: The Tampa Zoo’s Baby Rhino Named Gronk click button

One Inspirational Thing: The Tampa Zoo’s Baby Rhino Named Gronk

Last fall, Tampa got two Gronks!  One came out of retirement to play for the Super Bowl Champs, and the other is an endangered one-horned rhino born at the Tampa Zoo on September 12th.  Both love to play ball — Gronk the football star caught two touchdown passes last night (becoming the first player to […]

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One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

There is a growing movement to rename certain species in order to ensure racial justice and equity, John Platt writes in the Revelator. An organization called Bird Names for Birds is working to change eponyms (a person after whom a discovered species is named) and honorific common names, which can be problematic if they honor […]

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