Wildlife Weekly Wrap Up – 03/31/17

Your weekly roundup of wildlife news from across the country.


The Center for Conservation Innovation launches –
Nearly 14,000 documents related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have been preserved and made available for improved conservation efforts under a new initiative launched by our team.

Read more about the initiative >>>


An important bill in the House of Representatives-
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) reintroduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act on Wednesday, a day after President Trump’s Executive Order designed to expand coal, oil and gas leasing on public lands.

Learn more about this important bill >>>


Any way you celebrate is great!-
The 2nd Annual Gopher Tortoise Day is coming up on April 10th and you can celebrate the day no matter where you are or the size of your group.

Check out these fun ideas >>>


A project from 2015 shows some unusual results for the trash on national parks in Alaska-
Results are coming in from 2015, when groups of researchers and volunteers went out to clean up and survey 28 beaches, including those in Katmai National Park and Cape Krusenstern National Monument, and collected more than 11 tons of trash.

Find out more from about where the trash came from >>>


An unusual rescue for this endangered sea turtle-
A Kemp Ridley sea turtle was rescued and transported by a police chief’s patrol car before being handed to the Stranding Team at Gulf World Marine Institute.

See more on this rescue >>>


The Florida Manatees are downlisted –
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the manatee will instead be designated “threatened” — a status change that reflects a boom in population over the last decade. However, many conservation groups have voiced concerns over this reclassification.

Learn more about what this means for conservation efforts >>>



Our Defenders in Action


In light of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to abandon wild red wolf recovery, Defenders screened Red Wolf Revival in an effort to raise awareness and leverage grassroots supporters to partake in the recovery effort. Christian Hunt, our Southeast Program Associate, talked to the crowd about our work on red wolf recovery and our presence is the southeast.

Red Wolf Revival is a short documentary that discusses the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce and protect red wolves in eastern North Carolina, in the face of cultural and mounting political opposition.