Animals
Feds AND Their Pets Need Food During the Shutdown

Feds AND Their Pets Need Food During the Shutdown

The unending government shutdown is causing stress for federal workers and their families, including their pets.  Communities all over the country have been working to help fill this gap.  The #ChefsforFeds project of Chef Jose Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen is serving hot food to thousands of government workers daily at many locations in Washington, D.C. and around the country — already 40,000 in DC alone.  Here in D.C., WCK is partnering with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to provide pet food and necessary supplies for furloughed workers.

Continue Reading 497 words
One cool thing: NYC puts feral cats to work as mousers 

One cool thing: NYC puts feral cats to work as mousers 

Mice are a perpetual problem in New York City but the city’s feral cats are stepping up to do their part for pest control. As Mother Nature Network reported, the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) pairs feral cats with homeowners who would like someone else to handle their mouse issue. For the most part, […]

Continue Reading 192 words
A Wolverine-like Tree Frog Is Discovered in the Andes

A Wolverine-like Tree Frog Is Discovered in the Andes

  By Tessa Cafritz and Monica Medina Even as experts warn about the rapid pace of species extinction, there are discoveries that provide hope, wonder, and new insights as well.  Early in January, National Geographic reported that biologists recently discovered a new species of tree frog —Hylosciirtus hillisi — that they named after a famous U.S. evolutionary biologist David […]

Continue Reading 461 words
Florida Red Tide Takes Record Number of Turtles

Florida Red Tide Takes Record Number of Turtles

The red tide that tormented the coast of Florida was extremely deadly for marine wildlife.  The Miami Herald Tribune reported that the Florida Department of Fish and Game attributed the deaths of 589 sea turtles and 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported it had killed 127 bottlenose dolphins as of Dec. 20 (when the government shutdown began), leading the agency to declare an unusual mortality event.  And that is not counting the tons of dead fish that washed ashore.

Continue Reading 379 words
Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

While in the U.S. 12 states have so far banned the sale of shark fins (while 5 federal bills have died in the House and Senate in the past 2 years), according to the Animal Welfare Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that updates its list of restaurants that serve shark fin soup and notifies the relevant state enforcement agencies– the bans haven’t stopped restaurants in at least 10 of the 12 states. Then in a bit of happy shark news, USA Today reported that a strikingly massive great white shark, one of the largest ever documented, was spotted by divers in Hawaii on Sunday as the apex predator feasted on a sperm whale carcass. The sighting of “Deep Blue” off Oahu was remarkable because the handful of previous sightings were documented 2,600 miles away at Guadalupe Island off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Continue Reading 426 words
One Happy Thing: A Baby Orca!

One Happy Thing: A Baby Orca!

Great news for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population in Washington state whose numbers had been dwindling in recent years.  Whale L77 has a new calf, known now as L124, which was born in the last few weeks.  The Seattle PI reported that this new baby brings the population’s number to 75, but the Center for […]

Continue Reading 149 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.