“A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.” James Whittaker reports for the Cayman Compass, writing about the most threatened animals […]

via Nature’s dangerous decline: 1 million species facing extinction — Repeating Islands

According to News 6 uppermichiganssourse.com Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with governors DeWine (R-OH), Evers (D-WI), Wolf (D-PA), Pritzker (D-IL), and Walz (D-MN), sent a to chairman and ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voicing their support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. “The decline of our fish and wildlife, and their […]

via Bipartisan Coalition of Great Lakes’ Governors Support the Recovery of America’s Wildlife Act. — Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films

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

Here’s the release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Vanessa Kauffman): The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects. Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to […]

via Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects — @USFWS — Coyote Gulch

From Colorado Parks & Wildlife (Jason Clay): Ahead of the start of the waterfowl migration into Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife technicians and officers are finishing up construction for a habitat improvement project at the Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area (SWA). The habitat improvement project starts by being more efficient with its water. Crews are […]

via Habitat improvement project at Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area will benefit waterfowl — @COParksWildlife — 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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