Five Wild Picks / Good News for Endangered Species
Congressional Democrats pushed back against Trump's attack on the Endangered Species Act with a bill to restore long-standing regulations that protect critical habitat and wildlife. But that's not the only good news we've seen in recent weeks:
1) Mojave poppy bees flew closer to protection. These rare Nevada bees that help desert poppies survive are being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
2) Oregon banned trapping of Humboldt martens. Once thought extinct, fewer than 200 martens survive in the state's coastal forests.
3) Southern Resident killer whales may gain more critical habitat. With just 73 orcas left in this population, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed expanding protected habitat along the West Coast with an additional 15,627 square miles.
4) Lesser prairie chickens will get their Endangered Species Act decision. These dancing birds have been awaiting protection for years as threats continue to mount from climate change, fossil fuel extraction and habitat loss.
5) Several rare plants and animals were protected at the recent Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Bans on elephant-ivory and rhino-horn trade were rejected, while giraffes, otters, tokay geckos, blue ornamental tarantulas and other animals received new protections.