Posts tagged: Conservation

Is Earth Experiencing a Mass Extinction Event?

A major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds (non-perching or non-songbirds) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognizes 13 new extinct birds due to fossil finds or splitting species. In total, the new list now recognizes that 140 birds have gone extinct since the year 1500 AD. This means that in the last […]

Monday October 24th, 2016 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is Earth Experiencing a Mass Extinction Event?

Where are Golden Eagles the most Abundant?

Golden eagles may be more abundant in elevated, undeveloped landscapes with high wind speeds, according to a study published August 24, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ryan Nielson from Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., USA, and colleagues. Better understanding of golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) abundance and distribution across the developing western United States is needed […]

Tuesday September 20th, 2016 in , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Where are Golden Eagles the most Abundant?

A Much Welcomed Boost in Wind Wildlife Research Funds

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program includes $12.4 million to “improve the understanding of risks to sensitive wildlife species and develop technologies that can mitigate those risks.” This is an important acknowledgement of the nexus between wildlife issues and wind energy development. Congress should support it and the Department of […]

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Conservation Efforts for the Sage Grouse

A conservation effort across the West to protect the sage grouse, a bird with an unusual mating call, has put different environmental interests at odds.   Watch the video here.

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Wind Power: Yes; Killing Eagles: No

Conservation and industry groups had agreed to a more moderate policy that would consider the populations of eagles, a migratory bird, on a regional basis in setting research-based mortality limits. That strikes us as a rational approach that would temper continued wind energy development with conservation of eagle populations in particular areas. But that’s not […]

Wind Farm Eagle Plan Released

A wind energy farm in Solano County could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft of the plan on Thursday for the roughly 100-megawatt Shiloh IV wind farm near Rio Vista. […]

Oakland Bat Care Plan Unsound

Multiple conservation organizations, including Save Western Maryland, an Oakland-based, grassroots community act-ion group, have filed comments in response to the Criterion Wind project’s Habitat Conservation Plan, which outlines Criterion’s proposed minimization measures to reduce harm to an endangered bat species. Save Western Maryland provided comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft Environmental Assessment […]

Monday October 8th, 2012 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Oakland Bat Care Plan Unsound