Here’s a place I have heard about my whole life. Catchy name. I got to visit it this past November, and it is as unusual and quirky as it’s name…and far more exotic and beautiful than I had ever imagined. The Okefenokee Swamp is a peat-filled wetland that straddles the U.S. Georgia-Florida border. A […]

via The Okefenokee Swamp — Jet Eliot

An invasive signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, crossing a road in Oxford. (Photo: Andrew Gray, Flickr)Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans that can be found in a range of freshwater habitats, from fast-flowing rivers to swamps and ditches. Even in places where they are abundant, they are secretive and not commonly seen, so the ongoing widespread invasion by non-native…

via Invading Europe’s waterways: the crayfish occupation — The Invasives Blog

Center for Biological Diversity News Release The California Fish and Game Commission today approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog, a species that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. The decision responds to a 2016 petition by the Center […]

via Imperiled Yellow-legged Frogs Protected Under California’s Endangered Species Act — Natural History Wanderings

Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Actinemys marmorata (Northwestern pond turtle) and Actinemys pallida (Southwestern pond turtle) Natural History Information Range and Habitat Historically found from southern British Columbia to northern Baja California, Western pond turtles once dominated freshwater systems throughout the west coast of North America (Germano and Bury 2001). Marshes, wetland sloughs, lakes and ponds […]

via Western Pond Turtle — Ambassador Animal

Gymnoris superciliaris Yellow-throated Bush Sparrows (previously known as the Yellow-throated Petronia) inhabit dry woodland, savannas and riverine thickets with a sparse grass covering. They are usually encountered singly or in monogamous, fairly permanent pairs, often in the company of other seed-eating birds. Aside from seeds, which form their staple diet, these sparrow-like birds also consumes […]

via Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow — de Wets Wild

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