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Defenders of the Coasts

by Susan Laszewski
Loxahatchee Slough in Palm Beach County, Florida

There is a silent army out there protecting our coasts from invasion — a second Coast Guard, if you will. This army has protected us not from war, but from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes.

And that’s just the risk that today’s storms would bring without coastal buffers. The researchers also modeled several scenarios of rising sea levels expected in the coming century. They found that by 2100, as many as 2.1 million p... (Read More)

If You Protect It, They Will Come

by American Forests
The endangered ocelot, which we’ve been protecting through habitat restoration work in Texas

By Michelle Werts

The gopher tortoise. The ocelot. The red-cockaded woodpecker. The black bear.

In the Gulf Coast states, wildlife tourism (wildlife watching, recreational fishing and hunting) generates more than $19 billion in annual spending, according to a new report, “Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy,” released earlier this week by the Environmental Defense Fund. This translates to 2.6 mi... (Read More)

Creeping Away

by Scott Maxham
Japanese white-eye

About 1,700 years ago, humans first arrived on the scene on the island of Hawai’i. Since then, the island’s biodiversity has steadily declined. This is due to several factors: deforestation, humans repurposing land for agriculture and, possibly most detrimental, the introduction of non-native species. And it’s a non-native species that has put a Hawai’ian bird on the brink of extinction.

Non-native plants and animals have been b... (Read More)

Conifers Under Threat

by Susan Laszewski
Whitebark pines. Creid: Bjorn/Flickr

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the latest update to their Red List — a database in which the world’s species are classified according to threat level — includes the first global reassessment of conifers.

In addition to the shelter and food they provide for wildlife, conifers play an important role globally by sequestering carbon. Coniferous forests take three times more carbon out of... (Read More)

Wildlife Refuges Carry on With a Shrinking Budget

by Scott Maxham
Roseate spoonbills, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Three dollars.

That is the amount of money per acre the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System has to spend to protect the 150 million acres of land under its care. In return, the 561 national wildlife refuges provide America with 34,000 jobs and an estimated $4.2 billion to local economies according to a report released last week by the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE). The report goe... (Read More)

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