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

Climate Change and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests - Key Findings

Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats. Here, we have compiled the key findings for U.S. Forest Service leaders and staff and members of the public interested in helping vulnerable species and landscapes survive the changes ahead.

Principles to Guide Assessments of Ecosystem Service Values Summary

Public and private organizations have become increasingly interested in measuring the benefits that nature provides, such as clean drinking water, fertile soil, and habitat and livelihoods for people and other species.

Climate Change and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests

To reduce the impact of climate change on forest wildlife and habitat, forest managers need the latest scientific information when updating their management plans and strategies. Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats.

Wetter or Not: Actions to Ease the Current Drought and Prepare for the Next

With three consecutive years of extremely dry weather, California is going through the worst water crisis in the state’s modern history. The drought’s impacts on

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.