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

Common Birds of Guerrero Negro, BCS Identification Guide

Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur is known for its marine lagoons that are the foremost calving site of the grey whale. Yet an impressive array of more than 200 bird species inhabits the area which is the most important wintering site for migrants like the red knot, marbled godwit, short-billed dowitcher, brant goose as well as many others and one of the most important breeding sites for the osprey. This quick guide presents illustrations of more than 100 species of birds found commonly around Guerrero Negro.

Cetaceans of Baja California Sur Identification Guide

Mexico harbors 45% of all cetacean species (whales, beaked whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the world, and the state of Baja California Sur registers 33% of the total species found in the country. This quick guide presents the illustrations of 27 species of cetaceans found in Baja California Sur.

Planning for Connectivity

The guide, the second in our series on wildlife conservation under the Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule, is designed to help people develop effective connectivity conservation strategies in forest plans. The Planning for Connectivity guide is intended to be used in tandem with the more comprehensive Planning for Diversity guide.

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Factsheet

Located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is internationally recognized as an important wetland, protected as a wildlife refuge and designated as a wilderness area. It’s one of Alaska’s most ecologically diverse wildlife refuges, with lagoons, tundra and stunning mountain peaks.

Planning for Diversity

Planning for Diversity is a guide to national forest planning to conserve America’s wildlife. The guide provides a roadmap and recommendations for people working on national forest plan revisions and navigating the complex diversity requirements of the new Forest Service planning regulations.

Assessing Ecological Integrity Across Jurisdictions and Scales Summary

The 10 guiding principles for ecosystem services assessments are designed to encourage thorough assessments that take into consideration ecological, social, and economic values—an interdisciplinary approach that examines interdependent relationships.

Assessing Ecological Integrity Across Jurisdictions and Scales

This paper offers a framework for use by public and private entities who manage natural resources. It focuses on the maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity to help ensure that natural systems continue to provide intrinsic value and benefits to human communities. The ecological integrity measures assess four different attributes of natural systems: landscape features, habitat characteristics, representative and at risk species. Intact natural systems generally support a broader range of benefits to people than altered systems.

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.