Author Archives: Mitch Merry

Winning entries chosen in 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Today, the judges announced their choices for Grand Prize and Grade Category Winners in the 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. More than 1,400 students from around the country entered and submitted excellent artwork making the judging process very challenging.  Congratulations and much gratitude to the winning artists and to all who entered for taking the time to create artwork featuring endangered and threatened species. The Grand Prize winning entry is from Sanah Nuha Hutchins of Washington, D.C. The… Continue reading

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Semifinalists Announced

This week, the Endangered Species Coalition announced the 40 semifinalist entries in the 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.  More than 1,400 young people representing nearly every state in the country submitted artistic entries to the contest displaying an amazing level of creativity and talent. These 40 entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges on four primary artistic elements: Concept: How well does the work relate to the endangered species theme? Composition: How well do the… Continue reading

Unintelligent Tinkering

This post is by Dr. Julie Gorte, a member of the Endangered Species Coalition Board of Directors.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the bits. Delisting endangered species without solid analytical reasons to do so, and for that matter dismantling the protections of the Endangered Species Act, qualifies as unintelligent tinkering. Continue reading

What Does International Polar Bear Day Mean for Bears’ Future?

Today (February 27) is International Polar Bear Day. This year’s observance of the day is especially significant as polar bears continue to be an indicator species for the health of the Arctic and the planet generally.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently released a new plan for protecting polar bears finding that, “the single most important achievement for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming.” Polar bears depend on sea ice to catch prey and for… Continue reading

5 things you can do to help protect the Endangered Species Act

Just weeks into the new legislative session, Congress and the Trump administration have begun attacking the Endangered Species Act through legislation and deregulation. More attacks are likely to follow and public opposition is our best hope to maintain the Act. You can fight these attempts to weaken protections and dismantle the Act by making your support for conservation and the Endangered Species Act known loudly and often. A few steps you can take right now are below: 1: Submit a… Continue reading

Coalition of Great Lakes Advocates Promote Positive Benefits of Wolves with “Big, Not Bad” Campaign

Madison, WI –The Endangered Species Coalition, along with Wolfwatcher, Nature 365, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, among others, have launched a year long campaign in the Western Great Lakes to help demonstrate that wolves are a public asset, beloved by the citizens who live here. The majority of citizens, including those living amongst wolves, representing all walks of life including hunters, hikers, naturalists and farmers of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan believe that wolves belong on the landscape and… Continue reading

Petition Filed With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Updated Recovery Plan for Red Wolf

Via The Center for Biological Diversity With Only 45 Remaining in North Carolina, New Plan Would Save Wild Population   WASHINGTON— Seven animal protection and conservation organizations filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking an updated recovery plan for the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. The recovery plan for the red wolf has not been updated since 1990. Since that time red wolves have expanded their range in the wild, faced additional threats… Continue reading

Unknown Tourism: Commemorating the Wildlife We’ve Lost

  In a series of vintage-style travel posters, Expedia UK illustrates places you can travel to today, but species that have vanished.  The Unkown Tourism series highlights six species that the world has lost to extinction. From the commonly-known thylacine and dodo to the less well-known Jamaican giant galliwast, the travel posters give viewers a visual reminder of wildlife that has slipped away. “We created the posters as a way of paying tribute to some of the amazing animals we’ve lost and… Continue reading