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New Report Highlights Ten American Species Our Children May Never See

 Monarch Butterflies Have Declined by More Than 90 Percent   Washington, D.C. – Our children are less likely to see monarch butterflies, a bumblebee, and a host of other once-common wildlife species due to farm pesticides, declining ocean health, climate change and dirty energy production, according to a new report by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See, highlights ten disappearing species and the causes of their dramatic population declines. Additionally, the report identifies… Continue reading

White House Invites Pollinators to Its Garden

The White House has for six years planted a garden on the South Lawn, first planted in 2009 to promote a nationwide conversation about healthy eating. This year marks the inauguration of an addition to the garden that we hope will spur a conversation about bees, butterflies, and other vital yet imperiled species: a pollinator garden. The White House has kept bees for several years but this is the first year that they have included plants designed to attract native… Continue reading

Power in Numbers

This March, we reached a milestone in organizing. There are now more than 50,000 people taking action. More than 50,000 people that are committed to protecting wildlife, wild places, and the noble, moral law that keeps them safe: the Endangered Species Act. Thank you!  

Nearly 500,000 More Americans Speak Out Against Federal Plan to Strip Wolves of Protections

WASHINGTON—More than 460,000 Americans filed official comments calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to scrap its controversial proposal to remove federal protections from the gray wolf and instead work to advance wolf recovery in the United States. A scientific peer review released in early February 2014 unanimously concluded that a federal plan to drop protections for most gray wolves was not based on the best available science Continue reading

Independent Peer Review Panel Rejects Science Behind Secretary Jewell’s Proposal to Delist Wolves

The Endangered Species Coalition and many other organizations in the conservation community have long contended that Secretary Jewell’s proposal to kick wolves off the Endangered Species List is unscientific and deeply flawed. It is a plan based on political science in place of sound conservation science—as is called for by the Endangered Species Act. Now, a peer review committee commissioned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has concurred in determining that science does not support the plan. Secretary… Continue reading

Rep. Hastings proposes weakening Endangered Species Act

Today, Rep. Doc Hastings released a report and set of likely-to-fail proposals to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act.  Among the proposals are some that would limit the crucial right of citizens to petition the government to protect species and others that would turn over decisions about which species are protected to individual states. Endangered Species Coalition Executive Director Leda Huta issued the following statement: This is just another special interest attempt to undermine the Endangered Species Act—our safety net… Continue reading

Wildlife Services: Leaked Audit Shows Fiscal Confusion

Via NRDC’s Melissa Waage:   An unreleased, internal audit at USDA’s secretive Wildlife Services division uncovered big accounting problems, including $12 million missing from its coffers, the LA Times revealed yesterday. This new information comes as USDA’s Inspector General prepares to conduct a congressionally-requested audit of the agency’s practices. The Times reports that The [internal Wildlife Services] audit found the agency’s accounting practices were “unreconcilable,” lacked transparency and violated state and federal laws. Further, the audit revealed that $12 million… Continue reading

200 Business Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Wolves

By Amanda Milster Over the past few months we have seen conservationists, scientists, and others calling for continued the protection of wolves. Now, over 200 business leaders have added their voices by signing a letter addressed to Secretary Jewell, Director of the USFWS Dan Ashe, and President Obama asking them not to abandon gray wolves.  This letter was submitted as part of the public comment period on December 17. We know that wolves are vital for healthy ecosystems and are… Continue reading

BREAKING: USDA Inspector General to Audit Wildlife Services

ESC member group NRDC’s Andrew Wetzler just posted this on their Switchboard Blog. This audit is welcome news for endangered and threatened species. The indiscriminate methods by which USDA’s Wildlife Services uses lethal control methods puts imperiled species at unjustifiable risk. The recent Sac Bee series uncovered the lack of transparency and accountability of Wildlife Services’ actions that have put all manner of wildlife and domestic animals in jeopardy of injury or death with little to no recourse. Responding to… Continue reading