Conservation

Maple Syrup Makers Are Turning Their Forests Into Prime Songbird Habitat

Maple Syrup Makers Are Turning Their Forests Into Prime Songbird Habitat

— Through Audubon Vermont's pioneering project, sugar farms are promoting better tree diversity to attract nesting avians.
One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes

One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes

— The proposed budget dedicates $0 to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which restores polluted land and water leftover from manufacturing, lumber, and mining industries.
Florida’s Wading Birds Had a Terrible Breeding Season Last Year

Florida’s Wading Birds Had a Terrible Breeding Season Last Year

— An annual survey of south Florida’s wading birds—including Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, and Wood Storks—found the fewest nests in eight years. The results continue a worrisome trend of nesting decline.
California Condors Could Soon Soar Above the Redwoods Again Thanks to One Local Tribe

California Condors Could Soon Soar Above the Redwoods Again Thanks to One Local Tribe

— For more than a decade the Yurok Tribe has been pushing to reintroduce the culturally significant bird to Northern California. Now, supported by scientific research and a host of agencies and organizations, a plan is taking shape.
The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule: What It Is and Why It’s Important

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule: What It Is and Why It’s Important

— President Trump has ordered the EPA to begin reviewing the rule that governs how the agency protects waterways. Here's what WOTUS means to wildlife and people alike.
Around the World in 15 Cranes

Around the World in 15 Cranes

— Renowned crane conservationist George Archibald just returned from a global tour to meet every species of crane in the wild. Here's what he saw.
The Endangered Species Act Is Under Attack. But How Much Trouble Is It In?

The Endangered Species Act Is Under Attack. But How Much Trouble Is It In?

— Politicians are asking for major changes to the law—and even an outright repeal. Here's how the ESA could take a hit and everything that's at stake.
Hundreds of Former EPA Employees Write Letter to Oppose Scott Pruitt's Nomination

Hundreds of Former EPA Employees Write Letter to Oppose Scott Pruitt's Nomination

— In a letter, nearly 500 former employees make a convincing case for why Scott Pruitt is unfit to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
New Federal Lead Rule Will Have Hunters and Fishers Looking to Safer Alternatives

New Federal Lead Rule Will Have Hunters and Fishers Looking to Safer Alternatives

— Twenty-five years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned lead shot for waterfowl hunting, the agency is expanding its protections.
On the Ground With the U.S. Navy's Albatross Adoption Agency

On the Ground With the U.S. Navy's Albatross Adoption Agency

— Laysan Albatross stubbornly nest in the same spot year after year—even if it’s next to a U.S. Navy runway in Hawaii. This is the first of three stories about efforts to save them, one egg at a time.