Endangered Species Act isn’t working well, study finds

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Since the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, it has helped hundreds of species avoid extinction in the United States. The strong conservation policy has been used as a model in other countries. But it’s not as successful as it could be, a new study finds.

Researchers have discovered that most species are not being protected until their numbers have dwindled so low that their chance of recovery is slim.

The mysterious, vexing, and utterly engrossing search for the origin of eels

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To save endangered eels, researchers have been working for decades to figure out where they reproduce.

Endangered mussels reproducing in Minnesota’s Cedar River for first time in decades

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The black sandshell and mucket mussels have been thriving since being reintroduced by the DNR in 2019.

Tricolored bat on brink of extinction due to fatal fungus

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal on Tuesday to place tricolored bats on its endangered species list as the animals struggle to contend with a deadly fungus in their dark and damp abodes.

The species is on the brink of extinction due primarily to the impacts of “white-nose syndrome,” a disease caused by the growth of a fungus that looks like white fuzz on the bats’ muzzles and wings, according to the FWS.

Sulfoxaflor poses risks to endangered species, US EPA finds

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The insecticide sulfoxaflor, which is less toxic than organophosphates and neonicotinoids, is likely to harm about one-third of species listed as endangered or threatened in the US, according to a draft biological evaluation released July 19 by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency predicts that mitigation measures will protect most of those species, however.

How to save an ancient, giant tree from a wildfire

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California’s giant sequoias have faced particularly fierce wildfires since 2015, the result of climate change and a lack of frequent fire over the prior century, according to the National Park Service. The imminent threat — which has now reached some of the state’s most exalted trees — has prompted scientists and firefighters to take exceptional steps to save them.

Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes

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Indigenous tribes are leading the effort to bring back the bison — a victory not only for the sake of biodiversity, but for the entire ecosystem they nurture

New map of ancient trees an opportunity for conservation

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A new map shows there could be around two million trees with exceptional environmental and cultural value previously unrecorded in England.

Scientists at Morton Arboretum out to prove whether extinct oak species still exists

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There’s a lot riding on tests underway at Morton Arboretum, where scientists are analyzing samples taken from an oak that may or may not be the sole survivor of a presumed extinct species, a species whose existence has been the subject of debate almost from the moment it was discovered.

Beloved monarch butterflies are now listed as endangered

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The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers.