15 August 2011 Ask the Experts: What Does the Future Hold for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: According to new research from Defenders of Wildlife, climate change imperils some of the most charismatic wildlife within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-–including the polar bear, Arctic fox, lynx and caribou. Defenders’ Aimee Delach was among the climate change scientists working on the report. Watch her video to learn more about the report and our recommendations for protecting the refuge’s unique wildlife. The report comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases its draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Below, Defenders’ National Wildlife Refuge expert Julie Kates discusses the plan and what it means for the largest land-based wildlife refuge in the nation. Learn more: See Defenders’ report and learn more about the threats climate change poses to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the specialized mammals that call it home. One Response to “Ask the Experts: What Does the Future Hold for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?” mary power September 9th, 2011 frist i wish rodger very best, happy retierment. thank you for every thing you did for the beautiful wolfes and wildlife, i well continue to help as i can, god bless. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.