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News Release Center for Biological Diversity

49 Hawaiian Plants, Animals Protected Under Endangered Species Act

HONOLULU— In accordance with a landmark 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity expediting protection decisions for 757 species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 49 Hawaiian plants and animals as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Like many Hawaiian species on the brink of extinction, they are threatened by habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change. Nineteen of the species were petitioned for listing by the Center in 2004.

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Exposing the Big Game

By: Staff The Canadian Press Published on Sat Oct 01 2016

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it’s moving ahead with the oil and
gas industry to restore habitat for dwindling caribou herds.

The province announced Saturday that work is beginning that will eventually
see trees planted along thousands of kilometres of land that were cleared
for seismic lines in the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou rangelands.

The work starts with compiling a restoration guide, as well as setting up a
pilot project along 70 kilometres of seismic lines in the spring.

A $200,000 contract will be issued to source and grow the trees for the
pilot project, and $800,000 will be earmarked for an operational plan to
restore 3,900 kilometres of lines.

The federal government has given provinces until 2017 to come up with range
plans and recovery strategies for caribou herds, which are in danger across

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La Paz Group

980x (3).jpgCaptive red wolf at Species Survival Plan facility, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Tacoma, Washington).B. Bartel / USFWS

Thanks to EcoWatch for this news

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued a preliminary injunction that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves.

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Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

The Humane Society of the United States, (HSUS), and Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin present in celebration of Wolf Awareness Week the Wisconsin premiere of the award-winning documentary film “Medicine of the Wolf.”
Produced and directed by Julia Huffman, the showing will take place on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI, 53704.

In 1991 Governor Tommy Thompson proclaimed this week – Sunday October 16th through Saturday October 22nd – as Timber Wolf Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

Reserve your tickets Tickets are $10.00 advance/$12.00 day of show.

Advance tickets are only available on-line at: or by phone at (608) 241-8633.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion and Q&A with:
HSUS Wisconsin State Director Melissa Tedrowe; certified animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.; Robert Mann, Ho-Chunk Nation Elder; Woodsman, environmentalist and author,Barry Babcock (who appears in the film); Randy…

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Jet Eliot

Black-headed Grosbeak (male), California Black-headed Grosbeak (male), California

Although we are still experiencing high temperatures where I live, the northern hemisphere has assumed an autumn angle, and the new season is underway.

Here are a few glimpses of our northern California summer wildlife.

Violet-green Swallow, male, California Violet-green Swallow, male, California

The black-headed grosbeaks arrived from Mexico for the summer, as usual.  We had several dozen pair and they produced many young.

Numerous other bird species nested here as well.

We were especially aware of the pacific-slope flycatchers because one pair nested right outside our back door.

Day 15, flycatcher nestlings Day 15, flycatcher nestlings

They had two broods in a row.

The California quail were a special treat.  They are stealthy when their chicks are born, because as ground birds they are extremely vulnerable.

California Quail, California California Quail, California

They do, however, take undercover paths to our feeder and water sources, and on two great days we saw a dozen chicks in their…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Double-crested cormorant dries its feathers

13 July 2016

For most birds, wet feathers are highly undesirable because they impede their ability to fly and don’t provide insulation. But cormorants dive underwater to catch food. They have feathers that become easily waterlogged, which allows them to dive deeper by preventing air bubbles from getting trapped underneath their feathers. This is one reason you often see cormorants standing with their wings spread, drying their wet wings after diving.

Double-crested cormorants live in North America.

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