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 …

“Deep Into Yellowstone” by Rick Lamplugh

Looking for a new book? Check out “Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy” by Rick Lamplugh.   Follow Rick as he spends a year meandering through Yellowstone, digging deep into wildlife controversies: the removal of grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act, the hunting of park wolves along the park’s border, the overuse of the park itself, …

Alaska Wildlife Hero: Rick Steiner

The Alaska Wildlife Hero this week is Rick Steiner,  who is also recognized by The Guardian as an internationally renowned marine biologist. “Your insights, tenaciousness, professionalism and communication skills are changing the course of Alaska’s cruel policies..” writes one  Alaskan admire,r who recognizes Rick Steiner as one of Alaska’s premier wildlife advocates in his tenacious and aggressive pursuit of enlightened …

Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

The Endangered Species Act is one of the most effective environmental laws ever enacted. 99% of species protected under the Endangered Species Act have not gone extinct in the forty years that the Act has been Law, including gray wolves, bald eagles, grizzly bears, Florida manatees, whooping cranes, and killer whales. However, on August 12 2019, the Trump administration finalized …

The Reality of Wolf Closures in Alaska

An often heard complaint against closures to the killing of wolves by those who dislike the idea of national park lands in Alaska goes something like this: “Isn’t 6 million acres enough?”   This comment refers erroneously to Denali National Park and Preseve as closed to wolf hunting, though 4 million acres of new park and preserve are not actually …

Alaska Wildlife Heroe: Dr. Vic Van Ballenberghe

This is a tribute to celebrated career Alaska wildlife biologist Dr. Vic Van Ballenberghe, who’s story is featured in the current, July/August 2019 Alaska Magazine: “For the Love of Moose; a biologist’s life in Alaska.” pp 40 and 41. Vic’s professional life as a moose specialist has also seen significant research devoted to the necessary role of wolves as apex …