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At COP28, Nature-Based Solutions are Needed to Combat Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Audubon Society - Tue, 11/28/2023 - 14:19
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the leading bird conservation organization in the Americas, the National Audubon Society will join world leaders at the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) to call for a...
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Top Stories in 2023 From Around Audubon

Audubon Society - Mon, 11/27/2023 - 15:56
During 2023 Audubon worked tirelessly to "bend the bird curve," starting with its launch of Flight Plan, Audubon's new five-year plan to protect birds and their habitats across the hemisphere. But...
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Montana is gearing up to slaughter hundreds more wolves

Environmental Action - Wed, 11/22/2023 - 14:13
Led by Gov. Gianforte, Montana is trying to kill most of the state’s 1,100 wolves.
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A Single Mexican Island May Be Our Best Hope for Saving Black-footed Albatrosses

Audubon Society - Sat, 11/18/2023 - 04:18
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As Stands of Whitebark Pine Disappear, Could the Clark's Nutcracker Soon Follow?

Audubon Society - Sat, 11/18/2023 - 02:55
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The Bone-eating Bearded Vulture Is Reclaiming Europe’s Skies

Audubon Society - Fri, 11/17/2023 - 17:35
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The Power, Limits, and Evolving Uses of the Endangered Species Act

Audubon Society - Fri, 11/17/2023 - 16:34
The Species: California Condor 12643 The Upshot: Drastic measures can turn the tide. The Situation: California Condors once soared over much of the contiguous United States, but habitat loss...
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How to Fortify the Endangered Species Act for the Next 50 Years

Audubon Society - Fri, 11/17/2023 - 16:33
Help Species Move to Safer Ground  As climate change makes species’ historical ranges uninhabitable, translocating them—or removing obstacles so that they can move themselves—may be their...
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A Surreal Spin on An Abundant Sparrow

Audubon Society - Thu, 11/16/2023 - 08:23
As a young art student, Phyllis Shafer had been told that painting outdoors, or en plein air, wasn’t for real artists; only hobbyists set up an easel pondside on a Sunday afternoon. So she stayed...
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Cocopah Indian Tribe Secures $5.5 Million for Habitat Restoration in the Colorado River Delta

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 18:19
**Este artículo se puede encontrar en español.** After receiving funding from two federal grants plus corporate philanthropy, the Cocopah Indian Tribe will embark on restoration of a significant...
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A Beloved Winter Finch Is In Decline—and Scientists Want to Know Why

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 14:58
One December while home in Pennsylvania for the holidays, ornithologist David Yeany II heard an Evening Grosbeak’s buzzy chirp. Hoping to enliven the yard with the bird’s cheerful chatter and...
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Tufted Puffins are Getting a Boost in the Pacific Northwest

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 12:54
This fall as the Tufted Puffins migrated west to their winter feeding grounds on open water, a focused conservation effort took flight on land. In partnership with Friends of Haystack Rock, Audubon...
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Native Americans Domesticated Turkeys Long Before the Pilgrims Arrived

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 12:32
Domesticated turkeys are an American tradition that goes back much further than any Plymouth Thanksgiving. Dating back more than 2,000 years, the handsome ground birds were raised as a staple of...
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This New App Looks to the Birds to Bolster Southeast Alaska’s Economy

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 07:26
Known for its bear-viewing and its bar—where patrons receive a certificate for downing a high-octane mystery shot—Hyder, Alaska, is also an unheralded gem for birders. On a good day a visitor...
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How Do Birds Respond to Extreme Wildfire Haze? Project Phoenix Aims to Find Out 

Audubon Society - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 06:10
Each summer and fall, as orange-tinged smoke fills skies around Los Angeles, questions of concern flood Olivia Sanderfoot’s inbox: Why are birds so quiet? Do they need birdbaths? How can I...
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Audubon Spotlight: Sam Olivares-Mejia Creates Better Data for a Better World

Audubon Society - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 17:40
In Mexico City, Oma Villagómez de Olivares shared with her family that if she could ever come back to the world after her death, she would reincarnate as un colibrí, a hummingbird. Two generations...
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Kari Gunderson, a voice for wilderness

WildEarth Guardians - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 10:30

Photo courtesy of Kari Gunderson

A teacher, retired wilderness ranger, and Montanan, Kari Gunderson is a force for nature. Her passion? Wilderness. For 35 years, Kari served as a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness, located in the Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest. Now, she’s an educator mentoring the next generation of wilderness guardians in her recreation and wilderness management courses at University of Montana and Salish-Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

Lizzy Pennock, Guardians’ Carnivore Coexistence Attorney, sat down with Kari for an inspiring conversation about living a life that honors and celebrates all that is wild. 

Lizzy Pennock: What is one piece of advice you’d offer to readers, from your own life experience?

Kari Gunderson: Always have a plan B. Stay flexible, and keep all of your options open. I learned this from my years as a recreation manager professor, where I did a lot of outdoor education with students. And now, in every class I teach, I tell my students: things rarely go as planned, whether it’s a big presentation or conference or you’re out in the wilderness—be ready to fly by the seat of your pants. And hey, sometimes that’s better anyways!

LP: Can you share a memorable moment or experience that solidified your commitment to wildlife and wild places in the West?

KG: I ran into two wolves when I was a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains here in Montana. All of a sudden I looked up and saw two huge canines 30 feet in front of me. At first I thought they were huskies, before I realized that couldn’t be true. There were no cars in the parking lot at the trailhead I just parked at. I was face to face with two wolves, and time froze. And then in an instant, they were gone.

LP: What gives you hope in the future of the West?

KG: Jane Goodall, and the future generation of leaders. Jane is such a powerful role model with a massive international audience. She has touched so many lives, and this is the same reason I have been a teacher all my life. There is such a power in teaching, and sharing with students the things I am passionate about and that are important. And that comes right back—I always make sure to listen, hear, and learn from the stories my students share with me. Teaching is an investment in the future generation. My students at the Salish Kootenai College might be future foresters, wildlife or fisheries biologists, and they may be the only person the public makes contact with who is in an official capacity like that. So I instill in them the skills to communicate with others about what we are doing and why it’s important. 

LP: Many people may want to get involved in environmental and wildlife conservation efforts but may not know where to start. What advice or suggestions do you have for individuals looking to make a meaningful difference in protecting the West and its wildlife?

KG: Field studies! For those who can, go on a hike or go camping, get in the wild and expand your comfort zone. Face fears of sharing our landscape with bears, wolves, and lions, and learn how to talk in depth about these things. The natural classroom is where we broaden our horizons. And we can also broaden our horizons by learning about nature at nature centers, natural history museums, natural history shows on television—whatever opportunity you have to connect with wildlife and wild places, take it! 

LP: And finally, do you have any recommendations on a great wilderness read? 


Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold  

Billionaire Wilderness:  The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell.

The Lost Journals of Sacajewea: A NOVEL by Debra Magpie Earling of the Bitterroot Salish


Mission Mountains Wilderness, Montana

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Protecting Critically Important Marine Habitat

Audubon Society - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 17:43
The province of Ontario is a beautiful place. It has Great Lakes, the city of Toronto, 213 million acres of Boreal Forest, and 20% of the world’s freshwater in its more than 250,000 lakes and...
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What you need to know about toxic receipts

Safer Chemicals Blog - Thu, 11/09/2023 - 15:29

New testing underscores the urgent need for retailers and states to ban unnecessary, dangerous bisphenols in favor of safer substitutes.

The post What you need to know about toxic receipts appeared first on Toxic-Free Future.

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