Other Animals

In Ísafjörður, the capital of Iceland’s remote Westfjords region, a Lutheran pastor compared eiderdown to cocaine. “I sometimes think that we are like the coca farmers in Colombia,” he said. “We [the down harvesters] get a fraction of the price when the product hits the streets of Tokyo. This is the finest down in the
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From rays to deep-sea snails, primates to rosewood trees, the latest IUCN Red List update paints a gloomy picture for our world’s species. The update, which includes assessments of 105,732 animal and plant species to date, lists more than 28,000 species as threatened with extinction, attributing much of the declines to human overexploitation. Red-capped mangabey
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Illustration: Joe Ciardiello Who’s Kenn? Simply put, Kenn is a national treasure. A renowned birder, author, and conservationist, Kenn Kaufman has spent his life dedicated to observing birds, reading about birds, writing about birds, and sharing the world of birds with others. With all that birdy knowledge in his brain, he also acts as the field editor for Audubon magazine. And so,
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Black Tern. Photo: Diana Whiting/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON – “The Great Lakes are home to 30 million people and 350 species of birds— restoration efforts are one of Audubon’s top priorities,” said Julie Hill-Gabriel, National Audubon Society’s Vice President for Water Conservation. “With increasing challenges on the horizon for the world’s largest body of freshwater,
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Unfortunately, killing mountain lions (cougars) is legal in much of the United States. They are a considered a “game species” and are legally hunted for sport in these thirteen states: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and North Dakota. In these states, the wildlife management agencies dictate
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New research finds that thousands of sharks and rays could be entangled in the plastic polluting Earth’s oceans. Scientists at the UK’s University of Exeter examined existing scientific literature and took to Twitter to find documented instances of shark and ray entanglements. They ended up finding reports of more than 1,000 entangled animals — and
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Pesticides being sprayed on soybean crops. Photo: Pulsar Imagens/Alamy The widely used pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, have at least two major problems. First, research shows they contribute to the troubling, ongoing die-off of bees, and may seriously harm birds. Second, like other pesticides, they’re becoming less effective as the insects they target develop
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Summer—that sizzling time of the year when we try to stay hydrated and perhaps indulge in water-dense foods like watermelon and other juicy fruits. When exposed to the summer heat, we might break out in a sweat and seek shade to cool our bodies down. What about our feathered friends…how do they stay cool? Here
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Recently, Renato Borella decided to go on a little fishing expedition along the Teles Pires River in Brazil. What he wasn’t expecting, of course, was that his most memorable catch wouldn’t be a fish at all. Renato Borella Shortly after setting off on a boat with his fishing guide, Borella spotted something in the distance. There, struggling against
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Photo: Christine Lin/Audubon Photo: Christine Lin/Audubon Painted: 5/5/2019 Climate Threat: Swainson’s Hawks are scrappy, opportunistic feeders that snap up a wide range of prey on their wintering, migration, and breeding grounds out West, including caterpillars, bats, and snakes. Audubon’s climate models show a steep decline in their summer range, with 70 percent less ground by 2080. About
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Photo: Jon Heller Photo: Jon Heller Painted: 5/5/2019 Sponsored By:  Dr. E. Lawrence Deckinger Family Foundation Climate Threat: With their wide migratory breadth and diverse use of habitats, songbirds can be clear indicators of climate change impacts, both at a regional and localized scale. The Chestnut-sided Warbler, a beloved forest species, is projected to shift northward and westward
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Update 7/24: After the Trump administration dropped its legal challenge on Monday, Alaska Public Media reported that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has already signed a new land-exchange agreement with King Cove Corporation for the proposed road.  In abandoning a legal challenge on Monday, the Trump administration signaled retreat from the latest battle in a long-running fight over a
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In abandoning a legal challenge on Monday, the Trump administration signaled retreat from the latest battle in a long-running fight over a proposed road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a significant victory for conservation groups, including the National Audubon Society, which say the road would devastate wetlands and wilderness that provide vital habitat
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In 1967, under a precursor of the Endangered Species Act, 75 animal species became the first to receive federal protection as endangered. Some members of that freshman class, like the Bald Eagle, have since soared off the list after stunning recoveries. Others, like the California Condor, have made significant strides but remain fragile and listed. 
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WASHINGTON, DC— Almost two million Americans stated their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in a comment period that closed today. This is one of the largest numbers of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species and reflects broad dissatisfaction with the Trump administration’s
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