“This is a sad reminder that we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic free,” writes staff at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

via Florida Nature Center Posts Troubling Photo of Dead Baby Sea Turtle Next to the Plastics That Killed Him — PEOPLE.com

NPR reports In California, fines are being levied against winemakers who violate environmental laws, but activists say they are a drop in the bucket compared to the damage. Read story at Wine Moguls Destroy Land And Pay Small Fines As Cost Of Business, Say Activists : The Salt : NPR

via Wine Moguls Destroy Land And Pay Small Fines As Cost Of Business — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports How a Federal Agency’s Move to Colorado Threatens Public Lands, Science and the Climate. The Bureau of Land Management relocation to Grand Junction reflects a widespread pattern of destabilization under President Trump. Read story at Westward Heave-ho: How a Federal Agency’s Move to Colorado Threatens Public Lands, Science and the Climate • […]

via BLM Move to Colorado Threatens Public Lands, Science and the Climate — Natural History Wanderings

From The High Country News (Helen Santoro): The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is nestled between the boggy wetlands and glistening ponds of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Inside, near a cluttered display of taxidermy birds […]

via Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages — @HighCountryNews — Coyote Gulch

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Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

DeSmogBlogMay. 09, 2016 08:44AM ESTPOPULAR

Thousands of oil and gas industrywastewaterspills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewedstudy.

Bakken Oil and Gas in Williston, North Dakota on the Missouri River. Photo Credit: EcoFlight

Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards as a result of wastewater spills, the scientists found after testing near spills. Many cities and towns draw their drinking water from rivers and streams, though federal law generally requires drinking water to be treated before it reaches peoples’ homes and the scientists did not test tap…

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By Jonathan Thompson as published on The Jackson Hole News & Guide “This scourge ‘wreaks havoc’ everywhere it goes…” (SFTTH Editor’s Note: Please reference Craig Downer‘s work which verifies that wild equids indeed improve and upgrade the land on which they roam.) In mid-October, William Perry Pendley, the acting director of the Bureau of Land […]

via BLM Boss’s Wild Horse fixation distracts from the real threats to Public Land — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

An open letter by equine advocate Charlotte Roe Fellow Wild Equid advocates, fans and partners; While the nation is riveted on impeachment hearings a vital part of our nation’s history is being threatened for its very survival. We can’t, won’t let up on this challenge. The BLM just rounded up 295 of the treasured Challis wild […]

via Countering BLM’s Extinction Plan, the Scapegoating of Wild Equids, and Equine Slaughter — Straight from the Horse’s Heart