Author Archives: Mitch Merry

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

Good management starts with science

This post was written by Dave Stalling for High Country News.  Dave is a hunter, angler, and writer living in Missoula, Montana, and past president and field organizer for the Montana Wildlife Federation. Last year, a group of Montanans, including wildlife biologists and hunters, launched a ballot initiative that would have banned trapping on public lands. They called trapping barbaric because people’s pets, as well as threatened and endangered wildlife, inadvertently get killed in traps.  Trappers responded with outrageous claims, charging… Continue reading

12 Conservation Success Stories for Endangered Species Day

Today is the 12th annual Endangered Species Day! Every year, we organize celebrations and days of action around the country to celebrate conservation successes and work to make our world safer for endangered and threatened species. If you don’t already have plans, we have some ideas here for ways you can be a part of Endangered Species Day. In the spirit of celebrating this 12th Endangered Species Day, we’ve put together 12 success stories in endangered species recovery. Tweet your… Continue reading

#DoggyDay at Interior

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has pursued the same anti-wildlife goals he exhibited in his short time in Congress by using his two months as Interior Secretary to support the killing of hibernating bears in Alaska and rescind a rule that saves eagles and California condors from lead poisoning.  With that dismal track record, he needed some positive press. To that end, Secretary Zinke is letting employees at the Department of Interior bring their dogs to work on two Fridays over… Continue reading

Plan your Endangered Species Day Action or Celebration

The 12th annual Endangered Species Day is just around the corner, but you still have time to make your plans. Endangered Species Day is a celebration of past and current conservation success stories and a day of action to keep working to bring species back before they are on the brink of extinction. Find an Endangered Species Day event on our list of events around the country. If there is nothing happening near you, make your own Endangered Species Day event!… Continue reading

WIN for Wolves: Great Lakes wolf delisting kept out of spending bill

Thanks to thousands of calls, emails, visits, and endless pressure from Endangered Species Coalition activists and member organizations, Congress will pass a funding bill without any poison pill riders. Great Lakes wolves are the primary beneficiary–maintaining Endangered Species Act protections. Legislation that would have stripped these wolves of these crucial safeguards was kept off of the spending bill thanks to that activist pressure and the efforts of Congressional leaders including Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL),… Continue reading

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