Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Endangered Species Day 2011

Most Threatened Animals Around The World

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Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.


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Endangered Species Day is a time to think about the Endangered Species Act, which is one of the nation’s most controversial laws that has often pitted environmentalists against industry and private-property rights advocates.

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New Study, New Hope For Critically Endangered Species




New study for species considered ‘too rare to save’ such as the Siberian Tiger.  By targeting key threats, critically endangered species may now have new hope!

Siberian Tiger

Co-author of the report, Dr. Philip Stephens, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, said: “Populations usually show rapid declines as a result of human activities such as hunting and habitat conversion. The results of the study are encouraging and show that if we can remove the negative effects of human activities, even relatively small populations could be viable in the long term.”

Dr. Greg Hayward, the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) regional ecologist for Alaska said: “This is good news for biologists working to save species like the tiger. There’s a lot of work to do to arrest the effects of poaching, prey loss and habitat destruction. However, if that work is successful, the tiger might yet be able to recover, despite the relatively small size of most tiger populations.”

The study, published in the journal, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, shows that population sizes required for long-term viability vary, both within and among species, and depend on the specific circumstances in which the population is found. Estimates of viable population sizes were typically reduced to hundreds rather than thousands of individuals for populations that were relatively stable.

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Sister Isles Rock Iguana Faces Serious Decline



Experts believe the fall in numbers is due to increased development as well as road traffic and pets. One hundred rock iguanas are killed by vehicles on Little Cayman each year, which amounts to 8% of the population, or the equivalent of 4,000 people being killed in traffic accidents per year on Grand Cayman, the National Trust explained. “This is especially troubling in light of the fact that Little Cayman is the smallest island with the lowest posted speed limits,” officials said.

9 Tips To Save Our Fragile EARTH

1.  Recycle newsprint, cardboard, plastic, and other household waste.  This can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that many scientists believe contributes to global warming.

2.  Walk, ride your bike, or carpool. Driving 15 minutes less a week can save 900 pounds (408 kg) of CO2 a year.

3.  Buy snacks in bulk. By doing away with individual wrappers, you’ll throw away less of the 5 pounds (2 kg) of trash each person pitches every day.

4.  Put on a sweater. Don’t turn up the heat when you’re chilly.  Wear more clothes and turn down the temperature!  Doing so can keep 300 pounds (136 kg) of CO2 out of the air each year.

5.  Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

6.  Change incandescent lightbulbs to compact fluorescent lights.  Just one could save 500 pounds (227 kg) of coal a year.

7.  Plant a tree to put more oxygen into the atmosphere.

8.  Drive better. Ask your loved ones to drive a more fuel-efficient car.  An electric or hybrid car can save 5,600 pounds (2,540 kg) of CO2 a year.

9.  Stop water waste. In many homes, toilets use more water than anything else.  An older toilet may use more than 5 gallons (19 L) of water each time it’s flushed!  Try this only with an oldr toilet.  Clean out a one-gallon plastic jug (a milk or juice container will work), and make sure you take off any labels.  Fill the jug with stones to make it heavy.  Place the jug into the toilet tank, being very careful that it doesn’t tough any of the toilet’s inner workings.  Now every time that toilet is flushed, it’s using a gallon of water less than it used to!

NOTE:  Did you know that the average U.S. household receives one-and-a-half trees’ worth of unwanted mail each year?  Much of it is trashed, unopened!

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Water is Vital to the Survival of an Ecosystem

70% of the Earth’s surface is Water and is undoubtedly the most precious natural resource that exist on our planet.


So why as humans do we recognize this, but continue to disregard it by polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans?  When are we going to wake up and take responsibility for our actions?   Are we even thinking about the consequences?   Is anyone aware that the pollution of rivers and streams with chemical contaminants has become one of the most crucial environmental problems within the 20th century?