Tagged with Wildlife

National Flood Insurance Hurts Endangered Species: NOAA Opinion

Biological Opinion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program in the State of Oregon National Marine Fisheries Service http://1.usa.gov/1Wegl1x [Audubon Society Press Release] …the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect … Continue reading

Conservation Triage or Injurious Neglect in Endangered Species Recovery

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 29, 2016 v113 n13 pp3563-3566    / by Leah R. Gerber http://www.pnas.org/content/113/13/3563.short Listing endangered and threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act is presumed to offer a defense against extinction and a solution to achieve recovery of imperiled populations, but only if effective conservation action ensues after … Continue reading

The Sage Grouse Initiative Interactive Web Application

Sage Grouse Initiative http://map.sagegrouseinitiative.com/ [From Press Release] Today, the Sage Grouse Initiative, led by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, is unveiling a new tool to catalyze and improve habitat conservation efforts across the western United States. The SGI Interactive Web Application is free and available to the public, presenting cutting-edge geospatial data covering 100 million acres. The … Continue reading

Rapid and Highly Variable Warming of Lake Surface Waters Around the Globe

Geophysical Research Letters (Dec. 16, 2015;DOI: 10.1002/2015GL066235 ) / by  Catherine M. O’Reilly, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL066235/full [NASA Press Release] Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world’s freshwater supply. Using more than … Continue reading

Piping Plover Habitat in Great Plains Reduced Due to Wetlands Drainage and Climate Change

Scientific Reports (2015 ;doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3996/072015-JFWM-068) / by Lisa A. McCauley, et al. http://www.fwspubs.org/doi/10.3996/072015-JFWM-068 [USGS Press Release]  Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or both, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. “Our findings suggest … Continue reading

Sage Grouse Conservation Blueprint Released

Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 Investment Strategy, FY 2015-2018 US Dept. of Agriculture http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd391816&ext=pdf [From a Greenwire article by Phil Taylor, sub. req’d] The Agriculture Department today announced plans to invest $211 million in sage grouse conservation through 2018, a final push to prevent the bird’s extinction that calls for expanded efforts to combat invasive weeds … Continue reading

Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts and Population Trends: A Wyoming Case Study

WildEarth Guardians http://bit.ly/1UVQv0k [From Press Release] A new report released today by WildEarth Guardians reveals that agencies shrank sage grouse Priority Habitat boundaries in their recently proposed sage grouse plan amendments by huge margins. The report, titled The Shrinking Geography of Sage Grouse Conservation, features rangewide Geographic Information System (GIS) data analysis on the status of proposed … Continue reading