threatened wildlife


Fun Fact Friday: A Natural Winter Windbreak in Sagebrush

Story By Nancy Patterson, Public Affairs Specialist, Greater Sage-Grouse Rocky Mountain Region; Photos by Nancy Patterson (BLM), Lisa Marks (BLM), and Tom Koerner (USFWS)

It’s blizzarding in sagebrush country! Negative temperatures, snowfall, and winds pull together for a threatening whiteout. What are wildlife to do out in the Big Empty to protect themselves from winter weather conditions? Let sagebrush come to the rescue!

While black-tailed prairie dogs hide out in their burrows during snowstorms and horned lizards move into hibernation, many of sagebrush country’s more than 350 species depend on lucky breaks among the shrubs for food and shelter.

Sagebrush have a long tap root, which helps secure it to the ground and draw water and nutrients from the soil. These nutrients enter the plant and some transpose to wildlife that eat their ever-verdant leaves. Mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and Greater sage-grouse all depend on this food source in winter months.

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The longest cat fence in the U.S. was just built on a Hawaiian volcano
The five-mile-long barrier is meant to prevent felines from preying on endangered birds.

This is way more efficient and cost-effective than simply removing an invasive species that preys on threatened, endemic wildlife! Let’s attach tiny helmets to all the petrals next! A bell collar for every feral cat!

Endangered antelope ‘may be wiped out’

The death of more than 2,000 critically endangered Saiga antelope in Mongolia was caused by a disease that could now threaten the entire population.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, who work in the affected grassland area of Western Mongolia, say the disease originated in livestock.
It is a virus known as PPR or Peste des Petits Ruminants.

WCS veterinary scientist Dr Enkhtuvshin Shiilegdamba told BBC News that 2,500 Saiga had already died.

An Iberian lynx in the Sierra de Andújar natural park in Spain. The global supply chain of manufactured goods can contribute to wildlife decline – for example, growing demand for olive oil from Spain and Portugal could help push the endangered Iberian lynx into oblivion due to the construction of dams to control irrigation. Researchers have traced supply chains to measure the impact of imported consumer goods on wildlife in threatened areas.

Photograph: Luke Massey

“A common theme found repeatedly in experiences with entheogenic psilocybe mushrooms, as well as other entheogens, is a heightened awareness and concern for the protection of the Earth and its threatened habitats and wildlife, as well as of indigenous cultures. In that sense, it can be said that the growing interest in shamanism in general, and mushroom shamanism in particular, represents part of a worldwide movement toward a more direct experiential and spiritual connection to the natural world.”
― Ralph Metzner, Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl: A Sourcebook on the Psilocybin Mushroom

Art: Cameron Gray

A fine specimen of a male Parrot-beaked Tortoise (Homopus areolatus), you can tell this is a male by his coloration and pronounced nose which will become much brighter during the breeding season. This small South African species is threatened is threatened n the wild due to habitat destruction, traffic on roads, and introduced species.


Nick Brandt uses his moody portraits of elephants, giraffes, and lions to call attention to Africa’s vanishing megafauna. His latest series, Inherit the Dust, imagines these beautiful creatures wandering landscapes they’ve long since been driven out of.

The series features life-size portraits of the animals looming in sweeping panoramas of garbage dumps, highway underpasses, railways and construction sites in Kenya. The jarring and powerful imagery is part of Brandt’s lifelong dedication to highlighting the plight of Africa’s increasingly threatened wildlife.

Check out more photos and read about Brandt’s project.


The #mypubliclandsroadtrip Heads to the Sunny Alabama Shores for National Trails Day!

Today, we’re heading over to Baldwin County, Alabama, where the BLM manages seven small beach front tracts. All of these tracts are designated critical habitat for Alabama beach mouse and contain primary dunes, the preferred habitat for this species. The tracts also provide nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.

In fact, these beaches are one of the few areas in the U.S. that federally-threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtles use for nesting. Actually locating a sea turtle nesting spot - momma turtles like to hide and lay eggs at night - and watching eggs hatch are rare events. Volunteers regularly patrol the beaches and watch for signs of turtle nesting.

BLM Southeastern States employees and volunteers also maintain some of the areas and trails around the beach tracts.  As a joint project, employees and volunteers defined the existing pedestrian pathway through the dunes with a unobtrusive fence. The marked path is intended to guide visitors to the beach and away from the unique habitat for wildlife.

Thanks to the volunteers whose work is critical to the conservation and recreation activities along the BLM-managed shoreline. 


BLM Idaho Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count Results in Highest Numbers in 37 Year History

On Jan. 9, 2015, the BLM Challis and Salmon Field Offices, along with employees from the Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game, participated in the annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count.  The results show the highest count of bald and golden eagles in the 37-year history of survey. This count is conducted annually nationwide to monitor the population of Bald Eagles, with some 746 routes run in 43 states.

CLICK HERE to read the full story by Sarah Wheeler and Bart Zwetzig, BLM Idaho.

I hate when people say “I don’t care if my cat hunts, we have no endangered animals.”

Every animal where you live is listed as least concern? Every subspecies? Every animal has a stable population in your particular location? You have knowledge of every amphibian, arachnid, bird, fish, insect, mammal, and reptile where you live?

Even if it is true that you don’t have any threatened wildlife where you live and do have a stable population that doesn’t mean it’s okay for your cat to hunt. Invasive species do damage, unregulated hunting does damage. This kind of shit is a good way for populations of indigenous fauna to become threatened, at the very least on a local level.

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