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National Endangered Species Day is May 20 {VIDEO}

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joins numerous conservation organizations to observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2011. The purpose of the special day is to “recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.”

Wildlife conservation and restoration projects are happening all over this land, some maybe in your own neck of the woods/neighborhood.

Interior Dept. Announces Settlement Over Endangered Species Lawsuits

The US Dept. of the Interior announced a settlement over hundreds of pending lawsuits brought by various environmental and wildlife preservation groups under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, the department’s Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its intent to implement a new ‘work plan’ (as part of the settlement conditions) that will give greater priority to those species most in need of protection. If approved by a federal judge, the settlement and work plan will bring about the most comprehensive changes to the ESA since the 1990’s,

Former Fish and Wildlife Service Director Disappointed with Obama, but Hopes to Create Change with Defenders of Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark, the former Fish and Wildlife Service director who later this year takes over one of Washington’s most influential environmental advocacy groups, Defenders of Wildlife, pledged to “be absolutely rock solid” in holding the Obama administration accountable for its decisions on endangered species and conservation. That’s the intro to a piece over on

U.S. Manatee Deaths Hit Record Level in 2010

In concluding the International Year of Biodiversity, the good news is that manatees are still with us, the bad news is that manatee deaths in U.S. waters continue to climb. In 2009, there were 429 reported manatee deaths, which was about double the number from 2008.  As of December 2010, however, manatee deaths totaled 699.

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