Ten states stepped in to support the decision: Michigan, South Dakota, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana and Wyoming.
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There reportedly are fewer than 50 of the small birds in Arizona.
The legal action was among a number of lawsuits filed in September 2015 after federal officials opted not to list sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act but announced federal land-use restrictions. Environmental groups later filed lawsuits contending the restrictions designed to protect sage grouse habitat didn’t go far enough.
In the 2016 survey, 157,028 ducks, 33,468 geese and 5,896 swans were observed. Goose observations increased in 2017, while duck observations were down about 5 percent and swan observations down 13 percent.
The salmon were a few weeks old and scheduled to be released next spring and return as adults in 2020.
Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.
Becomes the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S.
It’s planned as an encyclopedia of biological information and facts about the Illinois state mammal. It will include data on state management of the deer population.
Species of concern include already-listed grizzly bears and salmon, plus imperiled sage grouse, monarch butterflies and the magnum mantleslug, which hasn’t been verified in Idaho since a dead one was found 2013.
Four public hearings allow waterfowlers to provide Wisconsin DNR comments on fall duck, goose hunting season structure
Near-record population estimates from 2016 bode well for 2017 season.
Public hearings throughout Wisconsin provide great opportunity to provide feedback regarding fall waterfowl hunting season structure.
Pennsylvania’s “liberal hunting season” on resident Canada geese — about 12 weeks spread from September to February — is a viable way to limit the problem.
Decision reverses a lower-court ruling that restored federal protections of gray wolves in Wyoming.
It would have forced federal agencies to analyze whether about two dozen dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout, but ruling says agencies have since met demands.
The hunt had initially been expected to last two weeks but it took less than four days.
Phragmites, or common reed, has taken hold and stands of the giant reed offer little access for waterfowl and other wildlife.
Plan is aimed at helping farmers, backyard gardeners and others boost monarch butterfly habitat in the state.
The plan reportedly offers insight and comprehensive guidance on how best to tackle the problems of Pennsylvania’s 664 species of greatest conservation need, a list comprised of including 90 birds, 19 mammals, 65 fishes, 22 reptiles, 18 amphibians and 450 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.
Meanwhile, both sides in the debate are waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether to uphold lower court rulings that put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming back on the list or to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return management of the species to the states.
Issue is over concerns the feeding grounds increase the transmission of diseases that can be spread north into Montana.
Focus will be on status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons.
Located in Lake Michigan, off the tip of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, this essential stopover habitat for birds and other migratory species consists of five islands and is framed by two states — Wisconsin and Michigan.
Federal ban pertains to certain hunting techniques in national refuges and preserves.
Efforts continue to bolster struggling population in region.
President of the Bergen Audubon Society fears the glass exterior could be deadly to bird species that migrate through the Meadowlands each year.
Implementation of Fish and Wildlife Service Director’s Order No. 219 – handed down by Obama on Jan. 19, a day before he left office – is slated to occur gradually over the next five years.