Travis Audubon Youth Member Sebastian Casarez was at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival (RGVBF) this weekend. He gave two presentations on “The Awakening of the New Generation Bird Conservationists – Green Jay Edition” AND co-led an American Birding Association RGVBF Family Bird Walk!
If you love watching birds and want to help ensure their survival, you may want to become a citizen researcher. Backyard enthusiasts can help study nesting birds by signing up for NestWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
As the Obama Administration tries to tighten rules on ivory trade, celebrities and conservationists say their approval would help save tens of thousands of elephants slaughtered yearly for their tusks. But not everyone supports the new rules.
Jaguars won back a slice of the land they’ve historically inhabited in the US Southwest after a judge agreed with conservationists that the endangered jaguar deserves land in which to retake, if possible, its rightful place in the United States wild.
World Wildlife Day kicked off Monday with United Nations officials declaring that people need to be better stewards of the many struggling species. Citing the plight of the panda, orangutan, rhinos, elephants and more, officials said people need to stop illegal trafficking in horns and ivory, and the annihilation of forests and natural habitat.
Wolves remain under fire across the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest, but they caught a break today from experts who say the federal government is using old science in its effort to remove protections for gray wolves across the rest of the US.
The Dan River is ‘highly toxic’ following a massive coal ash spill this week. Or is it? North Carolina and Duke Energy (the coal ash spillers) say the water’s looking eh, not so bad.
Sharks are getting a reprieve, according to statistics being released in China, where leaders have banned shark fin soup at official banquets. Even Chinese TV celebs are showing their support for the beleaguered animals.
Across Africa, the mighty lion is in decline. Under pressure from illegal hunters and loss of habitat, the lions’ population has slipped to less than 35,000 across territory that represents only 25 percent of its historic range. The picture’s even worse for lions in West Africa, according to a study published this week.
The Center for Biological Diversity wishes you Happy Holidays, and also, show some family planning awareness for crying out loud!
Hunters have killed 299 gray wolves in the Rocky Mountain states where trophy hunting is set to continue through the winter, and in some cases through the spring. Conservationists say the packs could nosedive in the face of robust trophy hunting and trapping that has been set up to whittle the wolves down to around 400 in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming combined.
Get your bird feeders filled! Our feathered pals need a boost in cold weather. Here are a few tips from Audubon about feeders and seeds, and a peanut butter pudding recipe that’s an easy DIY for making bird glop.
Hunters opened fire on Michigan’s wolves today, the first day of the first wolf hunt in the state since the animals were delisted from the Endangered Species Act protections. The move toward hunting these top predators has been contentious in the Wolverine state, where Native Americans paid homage to their “brother” spirit.
Today, US officials will crush a stockpile of six tons of confiscated ivory items in an attempt to make a statement about “blood ivory.” But what if smugglers don’t take the hint?
Increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn, which is believed to have medicinal qualities, is fueling a vicious illegal trade that’s decimating African rhino populations. There may be a better way to save the rhino, without trying to beat down the cultural beliefs that have put it at risk.
U.S. grizzly bears may soon lose protections under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Center for Biological Diversity warned this week, after a meeting in Montana with federal wildlife officials.
U.S. wolves got a reprieve this week, though only a tiny one, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the comment period on its proposal to remove protections for nearly all US wolves. Meanwhile, the gunfire thundered across the Northern Rocky Mountains where hunters are killing wolves no longer listed as endangered.
Yellowstone National Park wolves are under fire in Wyoming, where five wolves were shot over the last week as trophy hunting begins in the state. Advocates are upset about the possible loss of park wolves, a major attraction for tourists who view the animals with binoculars and frustrated by secrecy around the killings.
Warning: This story will really take the fun out of your snack foods. But read it if you’re ready to eat responsibly by avoiding “conflict palm oil” in your cookies, crackers and chocolate nibbles. A bonus: Rainforest Action Network has released a list of the 20 major snack companies using destructive palm oil. If you want to save orangutans and help the ancestral human residents of tropical forests, you’ll make a note of this list.
Did you know about the simple way you can help save wildlife? Just buy a stamp, or a book of them, at your local U.S. Post Office.
So you’re on to the fact that you need to buy “humanely raised” or grass-fed meat to assure that the farm animals on the menu had a better life. But what about the wildlife pushed around to make way for farms? No, there’s not an app for that. But there is a certification that helps conserve wildlife.