On Wednesday, four conservation groups sought federal protections for the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act. The John Muir Project, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed the petition together.
Less than 2,000 of the woodpeckers remain in the dense forest stretching from Oregon’s Eastern Cascades to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Another 800 live in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The woodpecker’s populations are threatened by what environmentalists are calling excessive logging, meant to reduce forest fires.
KBOO’s Zeke Harrington spoke with Karen Coulter, Director of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, about the petition.
Most of the lakes and marshes of the Klamath Basin were "reclaimed" and drained for agriculture nearly 100 years ago--only 20% remain, but the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex on the Oregon/California border, is still the most important waterfowl habitat on the Pacific Flyway. However, last month over 10,000 birds died there from overcrowding as a result of a water cut-off by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. This was the biggest die-off in a decade.
City Repair’s Earth Day Portland 2012 is going to be amazing this year! This free admission event will be from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday, April 22nd at the PCC - Cascade campus on 705 N. Killingsworth, just blocks from the MAX yellow line and right on the 4 and 72 bus lines.
The recovery of the gray wolf after its eradication from Yellowstone National Park, almost ninety years ago, demonstrates how crucial keystone species are to the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems they inhabit.
The recovery of the gray wolf after its eradication from Yellowstone National Park, almost ninety years ago, demonstrates how crucial keystone species are to the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems they inhabit. But there are many who still regard keystone species, such as cougars and wolves, with hostility.
Global Greenhouse gas emissions jumped a record 5.9% in 2010. The Kyoto protocols are a complete failure. Now representatives of the top polluting nations have come together in Durban South Africa. Their only commitment appears to be no commitment at all.