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Manatee resting at Three Sisters Springs

Tampa Bay’s Catastrophic Red Tide Could Preview Florida’s Future

A large outbreak of highly toxic algae or “red tide” continues to impact Gulf Coast communities in Southwest Florida, resulting in the deaths of over 1,500 tons of marine life and fish, including manatees, goliath groupers, dolphins and endangered sea turtles along St. Petersburg and Pinellas County beaches.
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Eastern Bluebird
Washington, DC

Congress Calls for Lasting Protections for Migratory Birds

Today, Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) joined with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and 47 original co-sponsors to introduce the Migratory Bird Protection Act to reaffirm long-standing protections for migratory birds against industrial take — that is, unintentional but predictable killing of birds.
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Golden-cheeked warbler
Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Texas

Golden-Cheeked Warbler Not “Out of the Woods” Yet

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reconfirmed that the Texas-native golden-cheeked warbler continues to require the protections of the U.S. Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction.   

Press Releases

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Wacissa River and Slave Canal trees

Obama's budget includes key funding for land and water

A broad coalition of conservation and recreation organizations today applauded a budget request by President Barack Obama that significantly increases funding for outdoor recreation and strategic land investments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the federal government’s primary program to protect America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, recreational, and other treasured landscapes.
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Wacissa River and Slave Canal trees
Washington, DC

Some notable gains for wildlife in Obama’s budget

The administration has proposed a serious funding increase for the conservation of wildlife and habitat imperiled by climate change, to the tune of $35 million.
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Bald eagle
Washington, DC

Congress should end tax breaks for polluters, invest in green economy

Conservationists, public interest groups call on Congress to cut $20 billion in wasteful spending.
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Right Whale
Atlanta, GA

Conservation groups in court to save highly endangered whales

Right whales' only known calving grounds threatened by Navy project.
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Washington, DC

Wild bumble bees teeter on brink of extinction

Conservation groups and scientists ask the USDA to protect wild bumble bees from disease.
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Rachel Brittin
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Jake Bleich
Communications Specialist
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Nasrat Esmaty
Communications Specialist
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Hawk Hammer
Communications Specialist
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