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Southern Resident Orca Calf

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a February 2023 petition
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A dead right whale floating about 20 miles offshore of Tybee Island, Georgia on February 14, 2024. Two sharks swim close by.

Critically Endangered Whale Dies Due to Inaction of Biden Administration

The North Atlantic right whale reported dead on Feb. 13 off the coast of Georgia was likely hit and killed by a vessel strike, NOAA
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 Adult Male Florida Panther in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Washington, DC

Federal court strikes down EPA approval of Florida wetlands program 

A federal court ruled in favor of environmental groups today, determining that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) violated

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2019.11.06 - Pygmy Rabbit - Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge - Nevada - Miranda Crowell
Boise, Idaho

Pygmy Rabbit One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced its determination that the pygmy rabbit ( Brachylagus idahoensis ) may warrant protection under the Endangered Species
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Grizzly mother nuzzling her two cubs in a meadow filled with yellow flowers in the Grand Tetons.
Washington, DC

Defenders Responds to Fish and Wildlife Announcement on Bitterroot Grizzly Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a notice of intent to complete a new environmental impact statement for the reintroduction of the grizzly
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Dexter Hedgepeth, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Washington, DC

Dexter Hedgepeth Named Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

Defenders of Wildlife is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dexter Hedgepeth as Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice . Hedgepeth joins Defenders
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A North Atlantic right whale calf is seen with severe injuries to the head, face and left lip in Edisto, S.C.
Washington, DC

Defenders Demands Biden Administration Action Following Mortally Wounded Right Whale Calf Announcement

A North Atlantic right whale calf with significant head and face wounds has become the 35th “serious injury” case in a years-long series of injuries
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Black-Footed Ferret Poking its Head Out
Washington, DC

Defenders Releases Endangered Species Act Report, Recommendations for Next 50 Years

Defenders of Wildlife’s Center for Conservation Innovation today released a new report “The Endangered Species Act: The Next 50 Years and Beyond.” The report analyzes
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