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Sage grouse
Washington, DC

Harmful Sage-Grouse Rider Dropped from Senate Interior Approps Bill For the First Time Since 2014

With today’s release of the Senate Interior Appropriations bill, both houses of Congress have now made their priorities for species and habitat conservation for the
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Mexican gray wolf
Tucson, AZ

Court Ruling: Federal Government Must Address Poaching in Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

In response to a lawsuit by conservation groups, a judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) must add specific actions to address the poaching of Mexican gray wolves in their plan for the species’ recovery.
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Mojave Desert Tortoise, Mojave Max, on stones

What is Desert Tortoise Week Without Tortoises?

During the week of October 4, 14 federal, state and local government agencies and conservation organizations celebrated the third annual Desert Tortoise Week. This event, organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), provides opportunities for the public to learn about the life history and conservation needs of this iconic desert species.

Press Releases

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Gunnison Sage Grouse
Washington, DC

New Forest Plan in Colorado Pushes Logging Over Land and Wildlife Conservation

The U.S. Forest Service recently released its much-anticipated draft revised forest plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Colorado’s Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison
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Polar bear mom and cub looking for food
Anchorage, AK

District Court Voids Permits for ConocoPhillips' Willow Project

Defenders of Wildlife and five allied groups celebrate today’s U.S. District Court decision protecting the health of Arctic communities by upholding the law and voiding the flawed Trump-era approvals and permits for the ConocoPhillips’s Willow Master Development Plan.
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Florida manatee Crystal River NWR
St. Petersburg, FL

Changes Sought for Florida Manatee Critical Habitat as Deaths Set New Record

Conservation organizations today filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to revise outdated critical habitat for Florida manatees.
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Scarlet Macaw nestlings
Los Tuxtlas, MEXICO

Congrats, It’s a Parrot! 12 Endangered Scarlet Macaw Nestlings Ready to Leave the Nest Box

In outstanding news and a win for endangered wildlife, 12 new scarlet macaw nestlings are about ready to fledge and leave the nest boxes Defenders
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Bald eagle sitting at the top of an evergreen tree
Washington, DC

Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation Includes Vital Funding for Wildlife

The U.S. Senate today passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The wide-ranging legislation includes vital funding for wildlife crossings, habitat improvements, native vegetation and invasive
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Rachel Brittin
Rachel Brittin
Vice President, Communications
rbrittin@defenders.org
(202) 772-3255
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Katie Arberg
Katherine Arberg
Communications Specialist
karberg@defenders.org
(202) 772-0259
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Jake Bleich
Communications Specialist
jbleich@defenders.org
(202) 772-3208
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Nasrat Esmaty headshot
Nasrat Esmaty
Communications Specialist
nesmaty@defenders.org
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Hawk Hammer headshot
Hawk Hammer
Communications Specialist
hhammer@defenders.org