Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up: 05/12/17

Your weekly roundup of wildlife news from across the country.




Wild stories from the Week:

A major breakthrough in Florida panther recovery efforts! With the handful of northbound females, we have the rare opportunity to safeguard the future for panthers: http://dfnd.us/2psLUb1

First baby bison born on Wind River Reservation in 130 years: http://dfnd.us/2pTNtSV

Take a look at this video which showcases the marine national monuments which are protected waters that shelter pristine coral reefs, deep sea habitats and remote islands that support more than 7,000 marine species, including tropical fish, sea birds and endangered whales, seals and sea turtles: http://dfnd.us/2q6M8rY

How you can become a ‘citizen scientist’ and excavate sea turtle nests: http://dfnd.us/2pZFBxz


Our Defenders in Action:

In the Southeast:

Tracy Davids, our Southeast program coordinator on the left, represented Defenders at the Asheville City Council Meeting where Councilwoman Julie Mayfield read Mayor Esther E. Manheimer’s proclamation that May 19th would be recognized as Endangered Species Day in the city. We were excited to be there and support the city and its citizens for supporting biodiversity in its area and the conservation work that they are doing.


In the Southwest:

Pasha Feinberg, our Renewable Energy and Wildlife Research Associate, recently spent a few days in the Mojave, talking with agency staff and researchers about how to protect the federally threatened desert tortoise, and even helped with an offsite rescue! She also got an inside peek at a National Park Service field lab (which isn’t open to the public) so stay tuned for her in-depth blog.