A wild short-eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed. Image Credit: Photograph by Henrik Nilsson Northern harriers were also hunting in the field and these raptors will often steal a kill from the owls. Location: Boundary Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Photo and caption by Henrik Nilsson/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

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By Dalton LaFerney Las Vegas Review-Journal Authorities (contractors) have completed the removal of 1,716 “excess” wild horses in Nevada and Utah, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM gathered the horses from herd management areas in Lincoln County in Nevada and Iron and Beaver counties in Utah. The roundup, which began Jan. 16, ended on Tuesday, according […]

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Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, Nov 20 2016 (IPS) – Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa—a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries. Tera, Bajirga, Niger – Women at work for […]

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Published on The Salt Lake Tribune Poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly cherish horses and support protecting them from harm. That belief is reflected in the landmark Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, federal legislation that mandates these animals be “protected from capture … harassment or death” due to their unique status as “living […]

via Joanna Grossman: Failed BLM policies, not wild horses, are destroying the landscape — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

From Audubon Rockies (Abby Burke): Policy priorities for the 2020 Colorado legislative session. Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on January 8th to kick off the 2020 legislative session. Even before bills were introduced, it was clear that the General Assembly will wrangle with issues that will touch every corner of the state and impact […]

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A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the waterway from crashing amid a prolonged drought, climate change and increased demands. But California and Arizona have not, missing deadlines from the federal government. Arizona […]

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