Wolf delisting legislation looms in congress: please contact your representatives in congress

Wolf delisting legislation looms in congress: please contact your representatives in congress

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In the news from:Green Bay Press-Gazette Wisconsin senators Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) have joined Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to introduce legislation that would remove protections for wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming under the federal Endangered Species Act.
If successful, the effort would return wolf management to the states, and bar courts from overturning the rule.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R) sponsored a similar bill in Congress.
Baldwin said she’s heard from farmers, sportsmen and wildlife experts and they all agree the wolf has recovered and must be managed by the state for the safety and economic well-being of Wisconsinites and the balance of the environment.
Johnson said the bill would not prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from returning the wolf to federal protections if it deems federal protections are needed, but said future decisions should…

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Scotland’s Awesome Accomplishments


4248 Scotland’s new strategy calls for a totally carbon-free electricity sector by 2032. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Thanks to the Guardian for their excellent environmental coverage:

Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years

Holyrood ministers aim higher after hitting target of 42% cut by 2020 six years early, but say Brexit poses challenge

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Endangered Species Act under fire: This congress could destroy decades of protections with one swipe of the pen

Endangered Species Act under fire: This congress could destroy decades of protections with one swipe of the pen

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This is so much bigger than we realize. This new attack on wolves will undercut decades of endangered species, and the habitat it protects. In the end, the party in power has no qualms about stating their intentions; according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune Matthew Brown, Matthew Daly, Associated PressGOP targets landmark endangered species actfor big changes, stating: “In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. The act protects species like the Canada lynx.”

It’s much worse…

“Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost…

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Neonicotinoids threaten animals

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Neonicotinoids threaten bees and other animals

From Greenpeace:

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Blogpost by Anne Valette – 12 January, 2017 at 9:00

At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly or indirectly depend on pollination. We need to start protecting our pollinators against the threat pesticides like neonicotinoids pose. In 2013 scientific findings in Europe lead to a partial ban of four of the worst bee-harming pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and fipronil) – at least when they are used on crops which are attractive to honey bees.

Hundreds of new studies show threat more serious than thought

Since 2013 research on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides has continued. Greenpeace France asked…

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Celebrating Sandhill Cranes

Jet Eliot

Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane

Every year the Delta and Central Valley of northern California come alive when thousands of sandhill cranes settle here for the winter. My recent post highlighted the migrating ducks; here is a post, with pleasure, on the cranes.

Originally named for their migration through the sand hills and dunes of Nebraska, they fly here from the northern part of the continent every winter. See map and links below.

Sandhill Cranes, California Sandhill Cranes, California

The sandhill cranes are mesmerizing to observe with their distinctive bugling calls, animated mating dances, graceful foraging, and stately appearance. A social bird, they travel in large flocks as a form of protection.

Approximately four feet tall (1.21 m) with a wingspan of over seven feet (2.13 m), the long-legged Grus canadensis is an omnivore. They eat insects, roots of aquatic plants, rodents, amphibians, snails, reptiles, berries, and cultivated grains.

Sandhill Cranes near Cosumnes River Preserve, CA Sandhill Cranes near Cosumnes River Preserve, CA

With one of the longest fossil histories of any extant bird, sandhill cranes date back…

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Please take action to keep wolves listed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan & Wyoming 

Please take action to keep wolves listed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan & Wyoming 

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Apparently, Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) is proposing legislation to delist wolves. I just finished an interview on this congressional legislation being proposed by Representative Duffy. Please email members in congress using this easy email link at Demacracy i.o. by clicking HERE

Wolves need to remain on the Endangered Species List because states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan & Wyomng, have proven they are not capable of managing the imperiled wolf. The best available science should determine how wolves are managed not politicians being pushed by anti-wolf special interests. Wolf hunts are about special interests not conservation. The states do not have to kill wolves to conserve them. Please take action to #keepwolveslisted

If you are on Twitter please join the conversation about wolves…

Please tune into Wisconsin Public Radio for my response to this new delisting threat.Wisconsin Public Radio


All wolf images by John E Marriott Photography

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First Bumblebee To Receive Endangered Protection

Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports

The Obama administration, rushing to secure its environmental legacy, has increased protection for a humble bumblebee.

The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Service: the country’s first bumblebee, and the first bee from the lower 48 states, to be added to the register.

Read article and see photo at  A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out – The New York Times

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Letter to the Editor: Opposed to wolf bill

Letter to the Editor: Opposed to wolf bill

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Source Daily Press (Michigan)
Gov. Rick Snyder signed another law authorizing the trophy hunting and commercial trapping of Michigan’s wolves, even though residents rejected an almost identical measure in a landslide vote in 2014. In fact, 250,000 more voters supported wolf protection than voted for Gov. Snyder that year.
Science shows that hunting wolves is ineffective at preventing livestock conflicts, which continue to be extremely rare in Michigan. Wolf attacks on people are virtually non-existent, except in the movies. By controlling deer densities, wolves can reduce deer-auto collisions and browsing on commercially valuable forests — impacts that are in the tens of millions of dollars every year.
Michigan has not conducted wolf hunts since 2013, yet its wolf population estimates continue to decline. These facts didn’t matter to some Michigan legislators determined to deliver a wolf trophy hunt to their special interests.
By signing a measure that had previously…

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