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Why are there toxic pesticides in wildlife refuges?

National wildlife refuges should be safe havens for bees — but the Trump administration has overturned a ban on deadly pesticides called neonicotinoids in wildlife refuges.1     These pesticides are poisoning bees. Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are poisonous to honeybees, wild bees and other wildlife. Mounting evidence shows that exposure to even small amounts of neonics harms bees’ immune systems and reproductive success, leading […]

The Tongass National Forest and mountains in the background (Photo: Flickr user Umnak)

Tell Congress: Protect the Tongass National Forest

It’s a priceless place, in a world where wilderness is disappearing beneath the chainsaws, roads and drilling rigs of industry.     The Tongass is a forest treasure. Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, is a sea of centuries-old trees that shelter bears, eagles and salmon in huge numbers, along with a unique species of wolf and too many other […]

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Bees are in trouble

The results of an annual nationwide survey of beekeepers are in, and the numbers show bees are in trouble.     Beekeepers lost 40 percent of their hives this year. Beekeepers lost over 40 percent of their hives this year — the second highest loss rate on record. The high loss rate was driven by the highest summer losses ever reported by the survey.1 This […]

Save brown bears from cruel hunting

The Trump administration wants to make it legal to lure brown bears to their deaths with food in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.1     We still have a chance to save brown bears from cruel hunting. This cruel decision will allow hunters to take aim at “bait stations” stocked with pastries, dog food soaked with bacon grease, or other irresistible treats. Unwitting bears […]

Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent since the 1990s. Photo: USFWS

Monarch butterflies need protection

Monarch butterflies have never been more in peril: These migratory wonders have seen their overwintering populations drop to less than 1 percent of their numbers in 1980.1     The clock is ticking for monarchs. It’s clearer than ever that monarchs need the proven protections of the Endangered Species Act, which has kept 99 percent of the creatures on its list from going extinct.2 […]

Tell P&G: Stop making toilet paper from virgin boreal forest

A million acres — an area larger than Rhode Island. That’s how much of Canada’s ancient, carbon-siphoning, biologically rich boreal forest is cut down every year.1     We’re flushing our forests away. Where does all that lumber go? A significant portion is pulped to make extra soft tissue products for Procter & Gamble, which owns well-known brands Charmin and Bounty. That’s not sustainable […]

Baby wolves in the forest.

Washington state plans to shoot two more wolves

It’s happening again: Washington state has officially authorized the killing of two more of its endangered wolves.1     The Togo wolf pack needs our help. Washington state won’t leave the Togo wolf family alone. In 2019, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) tried to eliminate the Togo pack completely by shooting the last two remaining wolves.2 Wolves deserve the chance to recover […]

We need a moratorium on dirty, dangerous drilling

Even as the novel coronavirus has placed much of public life on pause, states have continued to issue new permits for oil and gas drilling and fracking.1     Drilling is dirty and dangerous. Why is an activity that disturbs and destroys wildlife and their habitat at each and every step of the process not just getting a pass but expanding? New drilling and fracking […]

Wolf in winter (Pixabay)

Wolves are counting on us

The clock is ticking toward the end of our fiscal year — and so is the clock for gray wolves. Right now, the Trump administration is deciding whether wolves will keep the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or become vulnerable to legal hunting and trapping nationwide.   Help fuel our work in the year to come. With your support, we’ve stood […]

Wolf pups

It’s up to us to save gray wolves

There’s not a moment to lose — the Trump administration could announce its decision to officially end Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for wolves at any minute.     Wolves were almost hunted to extinction once before. In the early 1900s, almost every single gray wolf in America was shot to death. The protection of the ESA has helped these amazing animals slowly begin […]

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