2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) is pleased to announce our 2015 Saving Endangered Species youth art contest, which is open to K-12 grade students residing in the United States, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The contest is an integral part of the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2015. For more background on the contest, including an art lesson plan for teachers and other resources, please visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org.


U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and Climate Science Center Projects Announced

Fifty new research projects have recently been announced by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Climate Science Centers. The Centers fund projects that align with a set of scientific priorities identified in consultation with management partners. Projects are reviewed with partners and funded based on their alignment with scientific priorities, the strength of the scientific proposal, and the project’s relationship to management decisions. These studies will focus on the impacts of climate change on wildlife, ecosystems, and communities and their ability to adapt to these changes.

NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University Release OCEANADAPT Web Tool

The OCEANADAPT web tool was developed by NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University to provide easy access to information about the distribution of marine species involved in commercial and recreational fishing over time. This web tool can help managers, scientists, fishermen, fishing communities, and the public track changes in the distribution of marine species with changing climate and ocean conditions. It delivers up to date information on changes in the distribution of marine species in each U.S. marine region over the last 40 years using data collected annually by NOAA Fisheries and others.

Tall prairie grass being planted at airport to cut carbon footprint

Read the full story in the Dayton Daily News.

The Dayton International Airport will plant about 270 additional acres of tall prairie grass with a goal of reducing the facility’s carbon footprint and bird strikes and creating a home for neotropical songbirds.


New citizen science project on Zooniverse: Penguin Watch

Scientists have traveled to some of the coldest areas on the planet to learn more about penguin populations. Help annotate their images of wildlife in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

Read the full story from Planet Ark.

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

The conservation group’s Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind’s demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover.

Audubon to protest bird ‘death trap’ stadium design

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

The Minneapolis chapter of the Audubon Society is organizing a protest at the new Vikings stadium this weekend calling on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings to change the design of the new billion dollar stadium.

The stadium’s open interior and lights may attract birds, who can be killed or injured when they fly into the transparent glass.