Archive for the 'Endangered Species' Category

Jul 09, 2013

Lower Klamath NWR Almost Bone Dry

The Oregonian recently provided an update on the severe drought conditions at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge — the nation’s first waterfowl refuge, which is located in southern Oregon and northern California. According to The Oregonian, the 54,000-acre refuge hasn’t received water since March and the wetlands are largely dried up, which makes it the […]

Jul 08, 2013

Population Collapse of the Endangered Hawai’i Creeper reports that the female population of the endangered Hawai’i creeper is only 22 to 28 percent of the remaining adult population in the southern portion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. The numbers come from research performed by University of Hawai’i at Mānoa scientists Leonard Freed and Rebecca Cann and raise concerns that […]

May 13, 2013

SpaceX Wants to Claim Part of Merritt Island NWR

The Orlando Sentinel recently reported on the brewing battle between SpaceX — a California company owned by billionaire Elon Musk — and those looking to protect refuge habitat. SpaceX wants 150 acres in an area known as Shiloh, which is surrounded by the healthiest part of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. SpaceX continues to perform […]

Apr 14, 2013

White-Nose Syndrome Present at Fern Cave NWR

Mother Jones magazine reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama — reportedly one of the most spectacular caves in the country and a prime habitat for bats. This cave provides winter hibernation space for several bat species, including the […]

Apr 02, 2013

Endangered Deer Relocated to Ridgefield NWR

The Reflector in Washington state reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been transferring endangered Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge in Cathlamet to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The move was made after the USFWS discovered the potential failure of a dike along Steamboat Slough Road in Cathlamet brought on […]

Dec 21, 2012

Uncollared Florida Panther Seen Moving Kittens in Florida Panther NWR

The Huffington Post reported on the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has footage of an uncollared endangered Florida panther moving three kittens to a den in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Kevin Godsea, FWS’s project leader of the SW Florida Gulf Coast Refuges, told HuffPost that the camera photographed the […]

Dec 11, 2012

Tight Budgets Prevent Dike Repair to Save Endangered Deer

The Wahkiakum County Eagle in Washington State reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing an emergency translocation of Columbian white-tailed deer from Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer near Cathlamet to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge due to the imminent failure of the Steamboat Slough dike, a dike owned […]

Jul 30, 2012

Night Hunting of Coyotes Endangers Red Wolf Recovery

For twenty-five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working to restore America’s endangered red wolves, with national wildlife refuges such as Alligator River NWR and Cape Romain NWR — both in North Carolina — playing a role in their recovery. Currently red wolves roam free only in North Carolina, but the state […]

Jul 24, 2012

USFWS Routinely Ignored Experts When Designating Endangered Species Habitat

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that a study published in the journal Bioscience finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service routinely ignored scientific peer review when designating protected critical habitat for endangered species. According to the study published this month, the agency ignored recommendations by scientific experts to add areas to critical habitat […]

Jan 24, 2012

Second Short-tailed Albatross Chick Hatches at Midway Atoll NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that for the second time in recorded history an endangered short-tailed albatross chick has hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched Jan 12, just hours after oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and marine life artist Wyland visited the nest. This […]

Jan 10, 2012

Cranes Cleared for Takeoff reports that the Operation Migration pilots are being allowed to continue assisting endangered whooping cranes as they migrate south. As this blog reported on January 6, the FAA had grounded the migration operation in Alabama while the federal agency looked into whether the pilots were flying for hire or for the benefit of a […]

Jan 06, 2012

FAA Grounds Whooping Crane “Operation Migration”

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the pilots with Operation Migration — the volunteers who help train endangered whooping cranes to migrate annually from Wisconsin to Florida, specifically St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida Panhandle and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Sakrison reported that the FAA issue […]