Author Archives: Mitch Merry

And the winners are…

We are very happy to announce that the esteemed panel of judges has completed the very difficult task of selecting grade category and grand prize winners in the 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The Grand Prize Winning Entry is Hawksbill Sea Turtle by Brandon Xie: The First Place entry is Humpback Whale by Erin Dong: The Grade K-2 category winning entry is Blue-tailed Skink by Sean Lam: The Grade 3-5 category winning entry is Florida Panther by Kyle… Continue reading

Semi-finalists Chosen in Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

The 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest was an amazing success with more than 1,500 entries from students around the United States. Thank you to everyone who entered!  A panel of judges made up of educators and art instructors recently undertook the very difficult process of narrowing all of the entries down to just 40 entries (10 for each grade category). These semi-finalist entries are below!   You can view them by grade category here: Grades K-2 Grades 3-5… Continue reading

The Wisdom of Wolves

On March 6th, Jim and Jamie Dutcher released their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack (published by National Geographic). This book could not be more welcome, both as inspiration and educational tool, at this time of great uncertainty for America’s wolves.

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Will USFWS commit to red wolf recovery?

Red wolves are one of the most endangered species on the planet. While they once thrived across the southeastern United States, there are fewer than 45 red wolves alive in the wild today. Overly aggressive predator management actions drove them to be declared biologically extinct in the wild in 1980. Restoration attempts began later that decade with the release of four pairs of wolves in North Carolina. Those wolves grew the wild population gradually to around 100 in 2014 but political… Continue reading

How To Take Photos Without Disturbing The Subject Or Surroundings

This is a guest post from photographer and writer, Max Therry. Wildlife photography can be some of the most challenging photography of all, but it can also yield some absolutely stunning and memorable results. Animals are infinitely interesting and surprise us during every new encounter. Imagine the scene – you are camped out in a hedge bottom, covered in camouflage and a herd of deer suddenly dash past your position. Sometime later, a great barn owl swoops down in the… Continue reading

Tell Congress to Send Support, Not Poison Pills, to Endangered Species Protections

This is a guest post by Charise Johnson, a Researcher in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Union of Concerned Scientists is an Endangered Species Coalition Member Organization. Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year where we, as a nation, spend an exorbitant amount of money on roses, heart-shaped chocolates, and oversized teddy bears. In 2017, America spent $18.2 billion (an average of $136.57 per person) on gifts to show their affection for that special someone. In… Continue reading

Don’t “Modernize” the Endangered Species Act, Just Fund It!

This is a guest post from Rick Lamplugh. Rick is an author and wildlife advocate from Gardiner, Montana.

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The Endangered Species Coalition is bringing me and a number of other advocates to Washington, D.C. for a couple days to lobby for the Endangered Species Act. I respect the work of this national coalition of hundreds of conservation-minded organizations, and I’m glad to go. To prepare, I’m researching and writing. Here’s some of what I’ve found.

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Don’t fear wolves and grizzlies — respect them.

This is a guest post from Bethany Cotton. She is the Wildlife Program Director for WildEarth Guardians, an Endangered Species Coalition Member Organization. The post originally appeared at High Country News (HCN.org). __ The recent news that a beloved white wolf was shot — likely inside Yellowstone National Park — highlights the fact that even our most protected spaces are not always sanctuaries for rare wildlife. Last year, just days after a court ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife… Continue reading

Protect the Science, Protect the Species

This is a guest post by Charise Johnson, a research associate in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
As we face irreversible destruction of species and their habitats due to threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, overharvesting, pollution, climate change, and invasive species, lawmakers indicate they intend to attack the Endangered Species Act again. Under the current administration, we’ve already witnessed the introduction of several pieces of legislation intended to weaken the Endangered Species Act or specific species protections.

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The Global Species Crisis: Mammals on the Brink of Extinction

This is a guest post on World Environment Day from Chris Rowson, Managing Director, Eco2Greetings. For some animal species, time on planet Earth is running out. There have been five mass extinctions in the planet’s history, and animal populations so far suggests that we may have entered what will be the sixth great extinction wave. Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the idea of saving many of the world’s animals was first recognised, scientists have strived to save dwindling animal numbers.… Continue reading