OR-7 A Daddy Again?

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

or-7-pups 2014

OR-7 Pups 2014

It looks like our favorite, famous wolf and his mate may have new pups. This is exciting news!


Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies

By Shelby Sebens

 PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.

The wolf, known as OR-7 because he was the seventh of his species ever collared in Oregon with a tracking device, is showing signs he may have more offspring after siring three pups last year, two of which officials know to have survived.

“We think they’re denning again. Just the behavior we’re seeing,” said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Oregon. “OR-7 is returning to a same area repeatedly.”

OR-7 made headlines in late 2011 when he turned…

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“The Santa Barbara shoreline—the oil-drenched birds, the blackened sands, the hundreds of crews in rain slickers battling vainly against the advancing ooze.”

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

When Will We Learn?

This Article Was Posted April 4, 2010
by Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1994-2014


Spill, baby, spill
If you’re of a certain age, like me, you can still remember the horrifying scenes that unfolded for weeks along the Santa Barbara shoreline—the oil-drenched birds, the blackened sands, the hundreds of crews in rain slickers battling vainly against the advancing ooze.

Now, 40 years later, here we are again. Our nation’s coast is about to be assaulted once more by the failure of an offshore drilling rig, triggering the same kind of man-made mayhem that hit Santa Barbara in 1969 and that led to a series of landmark laws aimed at protecting our natural environment.

I know that four decades is a long time to hold something vividly in our memories. There is a natural tendency to forget, in the absence of catastrophe, the monumental consequences that…

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Arctic: Norway-Russia conflicts on oil etc.

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This is a video about polar bears in Svalbard in Norway.

Not only in Alaska are there conflicts on the beautiful Arctic region.


Growing international tension over the Arctic

By Niall Green

23 November 2005

Strained relations between Norway and Russia in the Arctic region have in recent months produced a series of territorial and environmental disputes.

Though this has mainly expressed itself in conflicting claims over fishing rights, both countries are vying to control oil and gas extraction and transportation rights in the still largely pristine Arctic Ocean.

The Arctic region is estimated to contain 40 billion barrels of oil and as much as a quarter of the world’s natural gas reserves.

Due to the extreme environmental conditions, polar drilling has been considered largely uneconomical until recently.

However, Arctic reserves are now being considered more seriously as other oil and gas fields become exhausted.

See also

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“Oil Spills Are Never Accidents: They are the direct result of substandard oversight of fossil fuel companies who put their profits above human and environmental impacts.”

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

image Photo’ credit, Paul Wellman, Santa Barbara Independent

21,000 gallons of oil spill in Santa Barbara County

Greenpeace-Media release – May 20, 2015

In response to the onshore pipeline leak that has filled four miles of Santa Barbara coastline with crude oil, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said:

“Our thoughts are with the impacted Santa Barbara communities this morning, whose beautiful coastline has been devastated by this terrible oil spill.

Oil spills are never accidents. They are the direct result of substandard oversight of fossil fuel companies who put their profits above human and environmental impacts.

Now is the time for our leaders to take responsibility for the oil companies they let run rampant in our country.

This doesn’t have to be our future. If our leaders don’t have the courage to stand up to the oil industry, we’ll continue to see spills from California to Alaska and beyond. We must…

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Study: Bird Flu’s Economic Impact Above $300M In Minnesota

Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New numbers out Monday finally show how much money Minnesota has lost because of the bird flu outbreak.

A University of Minnesota emergency economic impact analysis estimates that as of last week the losses have climbed to nearly $310 million.

The devastation caused by the bird flu virus has created a ripple effect into industries other than just poultry production.

The impact number is expected to grow, but it means lawmakers finally have something to go on to understand the scope of the problem.

“It’s the best things we have, the best tool we have to look at this sort of thing,” said economist Brigid Tuck, of University of Minnesota Extension.

She says the poultry production industry has lost about $113 million because of bird flu. But when other related industries losses are factored in, the number climbs to $310 million.

“Trucking, for instance, is one that…

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Researchers may have found cure for bird flu

Originally posted on WQAD.com:

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Researchers at Harris Vaccines in Ames, Iowa said they have developed a vaccine to fight the avian flu, also known as the bird flu.

“We started about three weeks ago and we already have the vaccine prepared. It’s going to be evaluated at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory here in Ames, and quite possibly at the Southeast Poultry Research Lab in Georgia,” said Dr. Hank Harris, the vaccine creator.

The government still needs to test the vaccine to make sure it is safe. That process could take up to six or eight weeks.

“I would definitely think about using the vaccine,” said Ronald Beck, co-owner of PND Poultry Farm in Ophiem, Illinois. “If it protects the chickens and keeps me in business and it was cost-effective, it would definitely be well worth it.”

There haven’t been any cases of the bird flu reported in Illinois yet, but…

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ACTION ALERT: “Mexican Gray Wolf Supporters to Rally at Capitol”

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Mexican gray wolf pups Lobos of the Southwest

From Center For Biological Diversity 

For Immediate Release, May 18, 2015

Activists Will Urge Gov. Martinez to Reverse Game Commission Stance, Grant Reintroduction Permit to Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch

SANTA FE, N.M.— Wildlife supporters, including local activists from the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance,  Animal Protection of New Mexico and WildEarth Guardians, will rally tomorrow, Tuesday, at noon at the state capitol to ask Gov. Susana Martinez to allow Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in Sierra County to continue housing Mexican gray wolves as part of the reintroduction of these endangered animals. Earlier this month, the state game commission denied the ranch’s permit request, ending the facility’s 17 years of Mexican wolf conservation work. From Center For Biological Diversity For Immediate Release, May 18, 2015


WHAT: Members of the public will rally at the

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Killing Barred Owls because Spotted Owls are Endangered…

[…because of old growth logging.  This is reminiscent of killing cormorants because theyimage eat salmon and other fish. This policy of kill to “save” is part of an ongoing backside to the same 1800s mentality that caused many of these situations in the first place.]

From: http://www.newsweek.com/killing-barred-owls-keep-spotted-owls-breathing-332540

By 5/17/15

… It’s a conundrum that scientists and managers are likely to face again and again. “We have many, many species that have changed their historic range, and we’re going to see many, many more with climate change,” says Sallinger.

“If humans caused the problem, I think we’re responsible,” Bown says. “And we need to at least see if there’s something we can do.”

Not everyone agrees. “Now we want to further interfere with nature by killing barred owls by the thousands in order to fix an ecological problem that we likely caused,” says Michael Harris, a lawyer with the animal rights group Friends of Animals. The organization has sued to stop the barred owl removal experiment, arguing that it is counter to the intent of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects both barred and spotted owls.

“We really can’t just keep interfering,” Harris says. “At some point, then we don’t have anything that’s wild.”


Since fall 2013, 130 barred owls have been shot in the California study site, and the removal of barred owls is slated to begin in Oregon and Washington this fall….