Tag Archives: Endangered Species Act

More than 120,000 tell Congress to oppose Doc Hastings plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act

More than 120,000 people have signed a CREDO Mobilize petition started by the Endangered Species Coalition that asks Congress to oppose representative Doc Hastings’s efforts to weaken protections for wildlife. Four bills being pushed by Congressman Doc Hastings, who is Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee,  could severely weaken the Endangered Species Act if passed into law. These bills would allow politicians — not scientists — to determine what is the best available science on endangered species listing issues.… Continue reading

To Save Endangered Species, Everyone Has a Role to Play

By Julie Fox Gorte Species of all shapes and sizes, including many large, charismatic mammals, such as tigers and elephants, are in a heap of trouble all over the globe—in most cases thanks to us. Unlike other species, people are capable of transforming the entire planet: We are living in the Anthropocene, an age in which Homo sapiens determines the fate of most of the other species on the planet. One-fourth of Earth’s species could be driven to extinction by… Continue reading

Wisconsin Wolf Population Plummets

A a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel cited preliminary estimates released by the state’s Department of Natural Resources showing a nineteen percent decline in the state’s wolf population in the last year. Increased hunting and trapping resulted in the killing of 257 wolves in Wisconsin in 2013, up from 117 in 2012. This left the state with somewhere between 650 and 700 wolves statewide. That number is down from nearly 850 in 2012. In its federally-approved management plan, the state… Continue reading

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