Endangered Species in Alaska

(This article, written by AFW’s Susan Hansen, will appear in the Sierra Borealis Newsletter) The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to conserve threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems. A species is considered threatened if it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Two Federal agencies, …

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Protect ANWR

On September 12, the US House of Representatives passed the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which would halt the Trump administrations attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Introduced by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bipartisan measure is the first stand-alone bill the House has passed to protect the Arctic. When the …

France Approves Bird Trapping

The French government has just approved the legal trapping and hunting of more than 150,000 wild birds in France this season. These birds will be able to be hunted in a variety of methods, many of which are widely considered cruel and inhumane. These methods include gluesticks (or limesticks), pantes (large horizontal nets) and matoles (small hanging cages). This year’s …

Wheatears Well on Their Way to Visit Zebras

Northern wheatears, robin-sized songbirds, have just finished a summer alongside the musk oxen of northern Alaska and are now well on their way to visit their winter neighbors, the zebra.  Taking off around midnight in late August, these birds have begun their yearly migration to their winter home. From northern Alaska, they’ll fly across Russia, Kazakhstan, the Arabian Desert, and …