Other Animals

Seven people have been arrested and charged in a Florida-based flying squirrel trafficking operation after a 19-month investigation that uncovered a global trafficking ring. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) found the poachers deployed 10,000 squirrel traps throughout central Florida, capturing as many as 3,600 flying squirrels, a protected species in the state,
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Each April for six consecutive years, Guilherme Braga Ferreira and three other researchers set out on a half-year journey, methodically installing remote camera traps across 386 square miles of the Brazilian Cerrado savanna. Their goal: to photograph maned wolves, giant anteaters, pumas, tapirs and other Neotropical mammals, residents of the world’s most biodiverse grasslands. The
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Bald Eagle. Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST, ALASKA — “The Roadless Rule was one of the best protections for a climate resilient forest ecosystem—important for birds, fish, and people, now and into the future,” said Natalie Dawson, executive director, Audubon Alaska. “Removing these protections is short-sited and irresponsible. And the entire process was done
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Black-and-white Warbler. Photo: Brad James/Audubon Photography Awards In a single day, more than 1,000 migrating birds collided with buildings within a small area in downtown Philadelphia, killing a particularly large number of Parula, Magnolia, Black-and-white, and Black-throated Blue Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Ovenbirds as well as smaller numbers of many other species. Birds collide with
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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI – A Michigan man will lose his hunting license for life after he pleaded guilty to numerous wildlife crimes, including poaching 18 gray wolves. Kurt Johnston Duncan, 56, of Pickford was sentenced Tuesday under a plea agreement before Chippewa County District Court Judge Eric Blubaugh. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation
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Semipalmated Sandpiper. Photo: Mick Thompson WASHINGTON  – “The Arctic Refuge still carries scars from seismic testing conducted in a limited area more than 30 years ago,” said Natalie Dawson, executive director at Audubon Alaska. “This poses a serious threat to polar bears and other important species during their most vulnerable time of year in the
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A frenzy of Pine Siskins at a feeder in Oregon. Photo: Morgan Heim If you’ve never seen a Pine Siskin, this is your year. In the past month, the birds have invaded the United States in search of food, inundating backyard feeders across the country. Without question, it’s one of the biggest irruption years in recorded history for the finches.
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Pre-Migration Wishing Well. Silas Fischer ” class=”js-colorbox-custom” data-colorbox-gallery=”gallery-file-187070-vRkN8bXrfsU” data-cbox-img-attrs=”{"title": "", "alt": ""}” data-href=”https://nas-national-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/dscn0130.jpg”> Pre-Migration Wishing Well. Photo: Silas Fischer This March, Silas Fischer made one of their final turns heading south from Albuquerque, New Mexico, toward the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Two hours later they would reach the sprawling pinyon-juniper forests and sagebrush steppe that
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Clockwise from top left: Greater Roadrunner, American Goldfinch, Double-crested Cormorant, Magnificent Frigatebird, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Northern Jacana. Photos: Christopher Smith, Travis Bonovsky, Joanna Lentini, Sue Dougherty, Bibek Ghosh, and Vayun Tiwari. Every year, the winners of our annual Audubon Photography Awards are featured in a traveling exhibit hosted by Audubon chapters and centers across the country. The
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Pangolin scales — armor-like, keratin-based plates that cover a pangolin’s body — are still being used in medicines sold and produced by Chinese companies, a new report has found. This is being done despite the Chinese government banning pangolin scales from the official list of approved ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and even giving
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Red-breasted Sapsucker. Photo: Sam Weissman/Audubon Photography Awards ALASKA – The U.S. Department of Justice has decided against appealing the decision by a federal court in June which vacated the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to log a 1.8 million-acre project area on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. The court entered its order to dismiss
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More than 350 scientists and conservationists from 40 countries are calling for global action to protect whales, dolphins, and porpoises from extinction. In a letter, the global coalition of scientists and conservationists warn that more than half of all living cetacean species now have a concerning conservation status: 13 species are “Critically Endangered” or “Endangered,”
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Brown Pelican. Photo: Franklin Abbott/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON (October 20, 2020) – Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chairwoman Kathy Castor introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act. This sweeping, 300-page bill calls for immediate climate action to protect the communities, economies, and birds and other wildlife
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Yuma Ridgway’s Rail. Photo: Claudio Contreras Koob Like many mysteries, it started with a death. In 2013 and 2014, employees of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recovered corpses of Yuma Ridgway’s Rails, a federally endangered subspecies native to specific marsh areas in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, from solar farms. This
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Ally arrived at the veterinary hospital the way most rescued pangolins do: underweight, dehydrated and suffering from pneumonia. But a routine ultrasound revealed that Ally wasn’t a typical patient — she was also pregnant. In April, officials working for the South African Police Service’s Endangered Species Unit managed to rescue Ally, a wild Temminck’s pangolin
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