25 December 2012 Happy Holidays! Posted by: Jamie Rappaport Clark | 4 comments | Share: From all of us at Defenders of Wildlife to you and your loved ones, we wish you the very best this holiday season! Snow covers Sequoia National Park (Credit: Barry Klein) 4 Responses to “Happy Holidays!” Millie Sheen December 26th, 2012 Hope you have a happy holiday too! Thanks on behalf of all the animals! Barry Klein December 26th, 2012 Thanks for using my photo, it put a smile on my face and a nice Christmas gift!!! not sure where you got the photo from, but nice to share it with MANY people!!! I have others of this winter scene and with other Sequoias. I have many Sequoia/wildlife, Redwood and other photos if you would like! peace, namaste…..Barry thanks for Defending the “kids” Moderator December 26th, 2012 Hi Barry, Your photo was submitted to our photo contest last year. Thank you for submitting it, and giving us the opportunity to share such a beautiful image! Barry Klein December 27th, 2012 I figured it was a contest. It was my pleasure and a joy to see the photo! If you would like to do any work with my photography, I would love to participate. thanks, Barry Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service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. I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals.