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Why This Matters: Prosecutions of this treaty are hardly a huge threat, but the decision to waive all prosecutions will have broad implications and impact behavior of those who should be taking care that their actions do not cause more harm to birds than the myriad of threats such as plastic pollution and climate change. The NY Times documented one such case in which a large infrastructure project in Virginia would have harmed nesting habitat but once the rules were made “voluntary” because there would be no prosecution, the state of Virginia nixed the mitigation they were planning to do as a result of the project. This action, in one fell swoop, guts the protections the U.S. is supposed to provide under this bedrock environmental treaty – it is arguably illegal. And in doing so we hurt not only ourselves and the birds who migrate between nations, but also the other countries where the birds spend time. It is exactly the opposite of what we need to be doing to avoid another major extinction event (we should be conserving 30% of the planet by 2030 to protect bird habitat), as we know birds are more at risk than ever.
What You Can Do: To help birds in your back yard, check out this story from yesterday’s edition of ODP. And you can file a comment until March opposing the proposed rule by clicking here and follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report entitled The World’s Forgotten Fishes from the World Wildlife Fund has found that there has been a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third of all freshwater fish species coming perilously close to extinction. The statistics paint a sobering picture: 26% of all critically […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Move over Dolly, there’s a new clone in town and her name is Elizabeth Ann the Black-Footed ferret. You read that right; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on Thursday that it had successfully cloned the first U.S. endangered species. Elizabeth Ann was born on December 10, […]
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