Tag Archives: Endangered Species Act

Kids to Secretary Jewell: Follow the Science

Last week we posted a video reply from the young person  Secretary Jewell referenced in a public appearance in Washington, DC. She asked Secretary Jewell to follow the science and to keep wolves protected. The group Kids 4 Wolves followed that with their own amazing video. Watch: You can speak out for wolves and ask Secretary Jewell to follow the science .  

It’s about science — a 13 year-old responds to Secretary Jewell

Last month, we posted a video of Interior Secretary Jewell speaking at an event at the Center for American Progress.  During that event, she was asked a question about her proposal to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for most of the nation’s gray wolves. In response, she recounted being asked by a young person in Rhode Island not to delist wolves. The young person’s name is Alyssa Grayson and she recorded the a video reply to Secretary Jewell, once again… Continue reading

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears – An Update from the Field

By Derek Goldman, Northern Rocky Mountain Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition This past December marked the 40th anniversary of near-unanimous passage by Congress of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 – one of our nation’s most important wildlife conservation laws. Thanks to Act, Americans have the opportunity today to hear the calls of the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, catch a glimpse of an alligator in the wild, and hear the howl of the gray wolf throughout the northern… Continue reading

American Voices on the Endangered Species Act at 40

You spoke out in support of the Endangered Species Act and we delivered that message. This week, we worked with our member groups Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity to deliver the report “A Wild Success,” to every member of Congress. The report (available here .pdf) includes more than 200 letters and op-eds written by Americans over the past year to local, regional and national newspapers emphasizing the importance of the Act, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in… Continue reading

Closing the Book on Orca Captivity?

The recent documentary film Blackfish brought the issue of killer whale captivity into the pubic consciousness like nothing has before. Hearing from whale trainers, former and current, and seeing the visual impact of captivity moved people to reevaluate how society treats orcas by keeping them in confinement for public performances. The film illustrates the obvious conflict in keeping a highly intelligent and social creature that has evolved to cover long distances and deep water in a comparatively miniscule and solitary… 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

Kemp’s ridleys losing ground–will the U.S. act?

This is a guest post by Carole H. Allen, Gulf Office Director, Sea Turtle Restoration Project (www.seaturtles.org) In 1906, Richard Kemp spotted a sea turtle on a Florida beach and later had the honor of adding his name to its identification. Years passed with little attention paid to the Kemp’s ridley until June, 1947, when Andres Herrera made an amateur movie that documented, for the first time, an arribada (arrival) of Kemp’s ridleys—some 42,000 females nesting in a single day… Continue reading

Back from the Brink Marks 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

Back from the Brink Marks 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act Report Highlights Top 10 Conservation Success Stories Washington, D.C. – Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Today the Endangered Species Coalition marks the anniversary with a new report highlighting a few of the great wildlife conservation accomplishments since the Act’s passage in 1973. The report is entitled, Back from the… Continue reading

Mission Unaccomplished: Finish the Job on Wolves

If your employer asked you to complete a very important 50-part project and you came back to her with six parts achieved, would you call that a success? Interior Secretary Jewell and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seemingly would, as they are attempting to declare virtually all of the nation’s gray wolves recovered and strip them of Endangered Species Act protections. When wolves were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1974, there was no mention of bringing them… Continue reading

Endangered Species Act: Soaring high at 40

This post is a guest blog post by Ben Long of Resource Media and was originally published on their website. In 1973, America took a stand against extinction when Congress passed the Endangered Species Act to protect our nation’s most vulnerable wildlife. The law was unprecedented and an example of global leadership. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, proclaiming that endangered and threatened species of wildlife and plants “are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical,… Continue reading