Wildlife

"Washington's Orca Whale Pods Receive New Federal Habitat Protection"

"Washington's endangered orca whales received new habitat protections from the federal government on Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the orca's critical habitat from the Canadian border all the way down to Point Sur in California, adding 15,910 square miles of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 08/02/2021

La. Researcher Says She Was Fired For Raising Alarm About Dolphin Deaths

"Gulf Coast researchers are raising alarms about a $1.4 billion coastal restoration project’s potential to kill and injure bottlenose dolphins. Now, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries employee whose job it was to count dolphin deaths in the state says she was fired in 2019 because her work reaffirmed the potential of the project to devastate a dolphin population."

Source: La. Illuminator, 07/30/2021

"Rare Whooping Cranes Raised For Wild as COVID Rules Relax"

"A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world’s most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear. Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed surrogates in facilities from New Orleans to Calgary, Canada."

Source: AP, 07/14/2021

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