Insecticides Greatest Threat To Grassland Birds — Natural History Wanderings

The NewYork Times reported on a new study by Canadian toxicologists who found that insecticide use is more strongly correlated with grassland bird population declines than other causes. Grassland birds that live in or migrate through agricultural areas have the greatest population loss of all birds. This includes birds such as sparrows, meadowlarks boblinks, horned larks […]

Insecticides Greatest Threat To Grassland Birds — Natural History Wanderings

Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019 — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports A record number of elephants – 361 – have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people. There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing […]

Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019 — Natural History Wanderings

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times  reports In all, 22 animals and one plant should be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list, federal wildlife officials announced on Wednesday. Read more at Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings

Opponents Seeking to undo Horse’s Wildness — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

by Craig Downer as published on The Record-Courier On Sept. 26, 2019, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million for a massive reduction of America’s relatively minor wild horse and burro herds scattered throughout the West. photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation Through an arrogant misinformation blitz, including the film Horse Rich […]

Opponents Seeking to undo Horse’s Wildness — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Good News: Anti–Wild Horse Rancher Denied New Grazing Permit — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: In Defense of Animals Private “Welfare Cattle” being herded onto BLM Antelope Complex in Nevada, while Wild Horse roundup was being conducted ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation Recently we have been writing  about individual militant anti-wild horse ranchers who take up arms to intimidate government agents regarding public land […]

Good News: Anti–Wild Horse Rancher Denied New Grazing Permit — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Here’s a guest column from Bruce Babbit that is running in The Vail Daily: It is no exaggeration to say that a mega-drought not seen in 500 years has descended on the seven Colorado River Basin states: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. That’s what the science shows, and that’s what the […]

via Opinion: Here’s how we can save the #ColoradoRiver — Bruce Babbit #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of  71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction. Some of their recent updates serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of […]

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

Illegal grazing decision rescinded, Steens Mountain Wilderness protected — Natural History Wanderings

Wildlife Guardians News Release A victory for public lands, wildlife habitat, and the rule of law. I’d like to share some good news for public lands, wilderness, wildlife habitat, and the rule of law. Just one day after WildEarth Guardians and our partners filed a lawsuit, the Bureau of Land Management rescinded a last-minute Trump administration […]

Illegal grazing decision rescinded, Steens Mountain Wilderness protected — Natural History Wanderings

OPINION: The Dollars and Cents of America’s Wild Horses — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

By William E. Simpson as published on The Pagosa Daily Post “Only a tiny minority of Americans want to see American wild horses sent to slaughter to make room for more livestock grazing on public lands.” BLM Victims of Antelope Complex Stampede ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation Obviously, we don’t […]

OPINION: The Dollars and Cents of America’s Wild Horses — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands