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A Wild, Wild World


by Loose Leaf Team
Threatened Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus)By Michelle Werts 150 million acres of protected land & water 1,000 species of fish 700 species of birds 250 species of reptiles and amphibians 220 species of mammals This is the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), by the numbers. As you may be able to gather from its name and some of the numbers above, its mission is fairly straightforward: “The mission of the... (Read More)



The Spice of Life


by Loose Leaf Team
Brule Lake, Superior National Forest, MinnesotaBy Michelle Werts Have you ever been in one of those subdivisions where every house looks the same? Or how about have you ever had to eat the same leftovers for several days in a row? In my experience, the first experience leaves me feeling a little creeped out, while the second can become tiresome. As the old cliché goes, variety is the spice of life. The same exact thing is true in nature, which is why the United Nations has declared today ... (Read More)



Endangered, But Protected


by Loose Leaf Team
The endangered woodland caribouBy Michelle Werts Today is the eighth annual Endangered Species Day! In December 1973, President Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, which charged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with protecting not only the listed species, but “the ecosystems upon which they depend.” And for the last 40 years, the agencies have been developing and implementing wildlife protection a... (Read More)



A Tale of Two Mountains: Part Two


by Loose Leaf Team
Newly planted trees along San Antonio Creek in the Jemez MountainsBy Michelle Werts “Riparian areas are extremely important and, with long-term forecasts calling for drought and higher temperatures, they are some of the most at-risk landscapes in New Mexico,” says Ron Loehman, conservation chairman with New Mexico Trout, in People Restoring America’s Forests: 2012 Report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Yesterday, I talked about the intersection of forest restoration and ... (Read More)



Give a Peep for Birds


by Susan Laszewski
PeepsAmerican Bird Conservancy’s current Bird of the Week has been drawing a lot of attention. For the second time, they have declared the bird of the week to be the peep — that marshmallow treat so popular this time of year. Though the peep has earned the honor once before, in 2011, only the yellow peep was recognized. Now, scientists have determined pink, purple, and blue peeps to be separate species. “There simply isn’t any evidence that... (Read More)


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