Tag Archives: endangered species

Those Dammed Salmon — Set them Free!

So… I was not anticipating being so touched by a movie about dams. How moving could that possibly be? Very moving, as it turns out. The people behind Stoecker Ecological, Felt Soul Media and Patagonia knew what they were doing when they made DamNation. If you haven’t seen it, set aside an evening very soon, get the movie on Netflix, pop some popcorn, and gather the kids around–yes, even the kids. The movie is that good. There was a time… Continue reading

Hungry, Hungry Whales

I admit that I’m totally charmed by orcas. But I know I’m not alone. What is it about those glossy black and white creatures? Do we see in them a reflection of us? Is our bond with orcas more apparent than with other animals? I guess it doesn’t hurt that orcas are essentially big dolphins — very big (think of the difference between a smart car and two tractor-trailers). Orcas are social creatures, interacting with each other in complex and… 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

Wolves Under Attack

Early last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) formally proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from nearly all of the gray wolves in the country. Citing what they believed to be a job completed, the FWS announced that they intended to leave management of this historically-maligned species to the states. With so many populations still recovering, and individual wolves just now expanding their range into states where they’ve not been seen since the early twentieth century, this plan… Continue reading

Hope for Gulo gulo?

By Derek GoldmanNorthern Rockies RepresentativeEndangered Species Coalition Although I’ve skied, hiked and climbed extensively through wolverine country in the Northern Rockies over the years (think: mountainous terrain, above and below treeline), I’ve never actually been fortunate enough to spot one of these fearsome critters. Once, while skiing in the Tetons in western Wyoming, I came across a researcher who was setting a wolverine trap in order to live-capture and collar a wolverine for research. The trap was constructed of small… Continue reading