Conservation

How Prairie Birds Found an Unexpected Group of Heroes in Hunters

How Prairie Birds Found an Unexpected Group of Heroes in Hunters

— As critical habitat disappears, imperiled grassland species are finding refuge on land preserved for an exotic pheasant.
Timing of Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Is Key to Case on Wildlife Threatened by Climate Change

Timing of Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Is Key to Case on Wildlife Threatened by Climate Change

— If the SCOTUS nominee takes the bench by October 1, his vote will likely decide if endangered species law can protect wildlife in a changing climate.
A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot . . . Then Things Got Interesting

A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot . . . Then Things Got Interesting

— When John Young, Australia’s “Wild Detective,” proved that the Night Parrot hadn’t gone extinct, both man and bird got a shot at a comeback.
What Comes After Coal? Sometimes, the Answer Has Feathers

What Comes After Coal? Sometimes, the Answer Has Feathers

— Bobwhites and other struggling grassland birds have found refuge on a replanted mining tract in Kentucky, even as the habitat itself is in limbo.
Meet the Undercover Crime Unit Battling Miami's Black Market of Birds

Meet the Undercover Crime Unit Battling Miami's Black Market of Birds

— Multimillion-dollar sales of songbirds heap pressure on species already in decline. We go inside the covert investigation to capture traffickers.
Led by Tribal Scientists, Montana’s Trumpeter Swan Revival Is a Triumph

Led by Tribal Scientists, Montana’s Trumpeter Swan Revival Is a Triumph

— After two decades the Flathead Indian Reservation’s breeding program prepares for its swan song.
Recent Attacks on the Endangered Species Act Are a Boon for Industry

Recent Attacks on the Endangered Species Act Are a Boon for Industry

— If approved, the Trump administration's plan would weaken the law in a number of ways, including stripping protections for birds on the brink.
How the Public Is Losing Its Voice on Public Lands

How the Public Is Losing Its Voice on Public Lands

— Shorter comment periods. Fewer public meetings. Lost comments. Federal agencies are making it more difficult for citizens to weigh in on environmental rules and actions.
It's Hard to Know When a Species Is Extinct. A Mathematical Model Could Help.

It's Hard to Know When a Species Is Extinct. A Mathematical Model Could Help.

— The first results show that eight rare birds are goners. Conservationists hope they can use the science to focus on species with a chance of survival.
A Bipartisan Deal Could Save a Key Conservation Program About to Expire

A Bipartisan Deal Could Save a Key Conservation Program About to Expire

— The Land and Water Conservation Fund protects habitat critical for birds and beloved by birders. Just days before it expires, lawmakers are working together to extend it permanently.