Your weekly roundup of wildlife news from across the country
Wild stories from the Week:
Monday was Bat Appreciation Day! Here are some cool facts about the only flying mammal: http://dfnd.us/2ocr27s
We went live with Defenders’ CEO and president Jamie Rappaport Clark to discuss threats to the Endangered Species Act, the fight for public lands, and the March for Science! She also answered questions about current wildlife issues that impact endangered species across the country. Watch: http://dfnd.us/2oRh13h
Without the Endangered Species Act, the iconic Bald Eagle wouldn’t be thriving today. Learn more about this species recovery story: http://dfnd.us/1aDi3D9
Our Defenders in Action
This past Saturday, our Northwest Representative in Oregon, Quinn Read, led a hike for 30 high school students enrolled in Portland’s Refugee and Immigrant Student Empowerment program. For many of the students, it was their first-time hiking. And for some, it was their first time in any forested landscape in Oregon. The group hiked through the old growth forest along the Salmon River in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The students learned about our wildlife camera surveys in the area and were especially fascinated by the newly bloomed trillium and the ancient cedars and Douglas firs.
In the Southeast:
Our Southeast associate, Christian Hunt, spoke at a red wolf outreach even on Tuesday, April 18th at the Elisa Mitchel Audubon Society’s chapter meeting in Asheville, NC. The audience was enthusiastic and fascinated by the possible expansion and reintroduction of not only red wolves but cougars. With no more than forty-five red wolves remaining in the wild, Defenders’ Southeast team has rallied thousands of grassroots supporters to participate in the race to save the world’s most endangered canid through our direct-action campaign.
In Rockies and Plains:
One of our senior representative’s last project was posting signs on the with Travis Livieri of Prairie Wildlife Research and 2014 Defenders Conservation Awardees Jay and Calvin Haverfield. The Haverfield property in western Kansas is the only black-footed ferret reintroduction site in Kansas, and the signs were to clearly mark areas where shooting was prohibited. The Haverfield family, third generation ranchers, have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help with conservation of this critically endangered mammal.