Eastern black rail gets federal protection under Endangered Species Act

Good News Notes: “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it will list the eastern black rail as a ‘threatened’ species under the Endangered Species Act, a move that gives the elusive bird new protections in South Carolina and other states where populations have declined or disappeared altogether. Nicknamed the ‘feathered mouse,’ the eastern…

Hunted to extinction, England’s first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay

Good News Notes: “After a 400-year wait, sharp teeth are once again gnawing through trees and building dams on English waterways. Hunted to extinction in the 16th century, wild beavers are making a comeback after a five-year study demonstrated their positive impact on the environment. Local landowners had expressed concern that they could spread disease…

Why Are Our Waterways Shrinking?

We hear a lot about global warming and climate change.  So, it would be easy to step back, shrug our shoulders and blame them for the receding water.  There is, however, a more direct offender, cows.  Those peaceful, harmless pasture grazers on the side of the road might look insignificant.  They also look quite tasty…

Rare fish, found only in Oregon, removed from endangered species list

Good News Notes: “A rare and once-endangered fish, which makes its home in a southern Oregon lake the can reach temperatures of up to 104 degrees, has made a full recovery and was removed from the endangered species list, according to federal officials. The Borax Lake chub, which lives only in Harney County’s Borax Lake, was…

Conservation: Glimmer of hope for world’s rarest primate

 Good News Notes: “Ravaged by deforestation and poaching, the ape now lives only in a patch of forest on China’s Hainan island. In the 1950s, there were an estimated 2,000 left in the world, but numbers fell to fewer than 10 in the 1970s. The latest census shows numbers have tripled to more than 30…

Reduce plastic pollution to preserve all marine life

 Good News Notes: “Oceans play a vital role in life on earth, a role that affects humans in addition to whales, fish and turtles. Around 18 billion pounds of plastic are leaked into the ocean every single year  — that’s equivalent to 1 billion elephants, 80 million blue whales or 25,000 Empire State Buildings. If…

This Photographer Is Working To Document Species Before They Go Extinct

Good News Notes: “Joel Sartore, a photographer based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has worked with National Geographic for over 30 years, and has led the Photo Ark for the past 15. The mission of the Photo Ark is to document the 15,000 species that are in captivity, many of which are on the edge of extinction. Sartore…

Great news: Island Marble Butterfly protected under Endangered Species List

Good News Notes: “he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has made the final determination to list the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) as an endangered species and designate critical habitat for the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The island marble, a beautiful, medium-sized, white butterfly with green ‘marbling’ on its wings,…

Army program helps save 3 native Hawaiian plant species

Good News Notes: “The U.S. Army’s natural resources program has helped save three native plant species from extinction, officials said. The Army helped preserve the haha plant, Hawaiian mint and tree aster as part of its ongoing management of more than 120 endangered and threatened native species in Hawaii, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.” View the…