Smart from the Start: Responsible Renewable Energy Development in the Southern San Joaquin Valley

The recommendations presented in the report are based on Defenders’ analysis of the opportunities and constraints for renewable energy development in the southern San Joaquin

The Wyoming Wolf Decision Explained

A federal judge has reinstated federal protections for wolves in Wyoming on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not ensure that the state’s wolf management plan was enforceable as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Here’s what the decision means for wolves and the ESA.

SSN Shark Newsletter Fall 2014

This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The Fall 2014 newsletter includes updates on sharks, mantas and rays, and the latest workshops on the implementation of international regulations.

SSN Shark Newsletter - Spring 2014

This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The newsletter provides a summary of the latest international and regional shark news, and an analysis of the latest actions and regulations regarding sharks.

Seeds of Resilience: Safeguarding Wildlife and Habitat from Climate Change through the Farm Bill Conservation Programs

This report examines opportunities to use Farm Bill conservation programs to enhance wildlife habitat in order to reduce climate change impacts to wildlife.

Polar Bear Diversionary Feeding Workshop Report

On June 8-9, 2011, the Defenders of Wildlife hosted an informal workshop on diversionary feeding of polar bears in Anchorage, Alaska. Because polar bears are facing environmental changes such as a reduction in sea ice habitat, an increasing use of coastal habitat has resulted along Alaska's Beaufort Sea coast, placing bears in close proximity to humans for extended periods of time, thus increasing the likelihood of human-bear conflicts. The purpose of the workshop was to share information on the use of diversionary feeding as a potential management tool for reducing human-polar bear conflicts in alaska. Diversionary feeding involves moving/placing food sources (such as marine mammal carcasses) away from human settlements to reduce human-bear conflicts.

Payments for Wildlife and Biodiversity Outcomes Under Farm Bill Programs

Payments for Wildlife and Biodiversity Outcomes Under Farm Bill programs recommends ways for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to incorporate biodiversity and wildlife outcomes into its practice-based conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill. Phasing outcomes into the existing payment structure could help Farm Bill programs achieve more successful conservation for biodiversity and wildlife.

Reducing the Impacts of Meat Production on Wildlife

As efforts to restore wolves to their historical ranges succeed, conflict with ranchers invariably arises. To protect wolves and livestock, ranchers can adopt nonlethal practices, and consumers can insist on purchasing meat from ranchers who do.

The Core Problem

The Bureau of Land Management and other states should avoid adopting Wyoming’s strategy for conserving sage-grouse and instead adopt science-based measures that are more likely to protect and recover the species.

Using Spatial Data to Improve Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act

With the amount of geospatial data now available online, Defenders is looking into ways to put this wealth of information to use to improve recovery programs for endangered species.