Climate-based wolverine listing delayed by scientific disputes. Wolverines are already one of the rarest carnivores in North America. With their fates tied to snow they may become rarer still. http://hcne.ws/1fp45HL
Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers? A fledgling effort in New Mexico’s ‘Yellowstone of the South.’ http://hcne.ws/1bIExoz
Photo courtesy USFWS
The planet’s top flammulated owl expert is seeing impacts of climate change, decreases in precipitation and fire suppression on these creatures. What can these birds tell us about larger ecological trends, and why should we care? http://hcne.ws/1fkC1jq
Photos courtesy Brian Linkhart
First image (sole owl) by Flickr user Jerry Oldenettel.
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After reading our recent story on drought and dust bowls (http://hcne.ws/dust-bowl) Mike Callicrate shared this photo he took from an airplane of a dust storm southeast of the Colorado Springs airport. He reports it was nearly four miles wide, 12,500 feet high, traveling at about 46 mph, and extended about 200 miles to the Colo.-Kans. border.
Enviros and industry agree: Keystone XL means more oil. So, why does the State Department disagree in its final environmental impact statement that was released last Friday? http://hcne.ws/1doNH3m
An ‘Ag-gag’ law that thwarts undercover investigations, filming and photographing on factory farms is being challenged in Utah. Critics of the law say that it threatens food safety and that, without strong existing regulations, this law takes away the public’s only way of getting real information about systemic problems. http://hcne.ws/1aNgwfB
Photo courtesy Amy Meyer
Many recent green-building efforts undertaken by tribes nationwide work to address housing shortages and offer alternatives to the standardized, often prefab “HUD homes”: http://hcne.ws/1cCzsYs
ABOVE: The Ohkay Owingeh Tribe in New Mexico is rehabilitating a historic pueblo that has been occupied continuously for at least 700 years. Photo by Kate Russell Courtesy Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
"Migratory species must traverse private property, as well as an alphabet soup of public lands, USFWS, BLM, USFS," not all of which provide safe habitat. But the NPS is now starting to rethink its approach to bridging the gaps between parks. New research just came out on the subject: http://hcne.ws/1aQ8ltt