Manatee population rebounds: is it ready to come off the endangered species list?

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

A recent survey found a record 6,620 manatees in Florida, but opinion remains divided as to whether the species has truly made a comeback.

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

Read the full story from NPR.

Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

This is how you photograph a million dead plants without losing your mind

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Illinois Natural History Survey is also digitizing their extensive specimen collections.

The Smithsonian’s botany collection is finally going digital. But photographing and archiving 3.5 million specimens has proved an unbelievable challenge.

Fight invasives or protect pollinators: Neonicotinoids present tough choice

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides frequently used in agriculture, gets plenty of bad press for killing pollinators like honeybees.

But they’ve also emerged as an important combatant of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that has devastated ash tree populations all over the United States with the highest risk localized to the American Midwest and the northern half of the eastern seaboard.

How Google Is Restoring Wildlife Habitats In The Middle Of Silicon Valley Office Parks

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The campuses of tech companies disrupted the lives of animals like snowy egrets and burrowing owls. Now the company is creating a blueprint for new landscaping that lets development and wildlife live together.

Private Capital Investments in Conservation Have Taken Off Since 2013

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Banks and fund managers have funneled billions of dollars into investments aimed at delivering measurable environmental benefits as much as financial returns.

Facing backlash, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz withdraws bill to transfer federal land to the states

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) withdrew legislation Thursday that would have transferred 3 million acres of land from federal to state ownership, citing objections from constituents who complained that the move would limit access to public hunting and fishing grounds.

The Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act, which would have shifted federal holdings to state governments in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming, prompted an outcry among hunters and anglers’ groups. Introduced three weeks after House Republicans enacted a rule change to make it easier to sell off federal land, the measure prompted two separate rallies in Santa Fe, N.M., and Helena, Mont., this week that drew hundreds of people opposed to the measure.