Conservation

The Border Wall Has Been 'Absolutely Devastating' for People and Wildlife

The Border Wall Has Been 'Absolutely Devastating' for People and Wildlife

— President-elect Joe Biden's pledge to halt construction is a start, but activists say tearing down the barrier is ultimately what's needed.
On the Alaska Coast, Native Women Are Reviving a Cozy Tradition

On the Alaska Coast, Native Women Are Reviving a Cozy Tradition

— The Yup’ik art of sewing feather-lined parkas for babies was nearly lost after the government outlawed the spring waterfowl hunt. Luckily, a centenarian Elder remembered how it’s done.
In Florida's Plan to Take Over Wetland Permits, Critics See a Gift to Developers

In Florida's Plan to Take Over Wetland Permits, Critics See a Gift to Developers

— The state doesn't have the resources or track record to assume a major program from the federal government, environmentalists say.
How the Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine Jeopardizes East Coast Shorebirds

How the Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine Jeopardizes East Coast Shorebirds

— Vaccine production requires the blood of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are a vital food source for several species, including Red Knots. A synthetic replacement for the blood exists, but the United States is stuck in the past.
Washington's Wildfires Put the State's Sage-Grouse Population at High Risk

Washington's Wildfires Put the State's Sage-Grouse Population at High Risk

— The habitat destruction was so severe that biologists have recommended uplisting the species from threatened to endangered in the state.
What Biden's Presidential Win Means for Birds and the Environment

What Biden's Presidential Win Means for Birds and the Environment

— Climate and conservation activists see opportunities for the president-elect to make major progress beginning on day one.
An Indigenous Effort to Return Condors to the Pacific Northwest Nears Its Goal

An Indigenous Effort to Return Condors to the Pacific Northwest Nears Its Goal

— The Yurok Tribe plans to soon reintroduce North America's largest bird to northern California, where the raptor hasn't soared for a century.
The Public Gets Just Two Weeks to Weigh In on Seismic Testing in the Arctic Refuge

The Public Gets Just Two Weeks to Weigh In on Seismic Testing in the Arctic Refuge

— The proposed survey—preparation for oil drilling—would damage permafrost, threaten species, and leave lasting tracks in the tundra.
Another Consequence of Suppressing Wildfire: Trees Are Invading the Prairie

Another Consequence of Suppressing Wildfire: Trees Are Invading the Prairie

— Left unburned, woody vegetation is crowding out habitat, but proactive landowners are learning to use fire to restore America’s grasslands.
Western Cormorants Face 'Collapse' Under a Government Plan, Scientists Warn

Western Cormorants Face 'Collapse' Under a Government Plan, Scientists Warn

— A federal proposal to manage fishery conflicts by killing more fish-eating Double-crested Cormorants is built on deeply flawed data, experts say.