Your weekly roundup of wildlife news from across the country
It’s Time for Action at Three Sisters Springs
This week marks the beginning of the winter season for Florida manatees, a time of year when the marine mammals are on the move, searching for warmer waters. Yet in one of their key havens, Three Sisters Springs, manatees are often disturbed and harassed by human visitors to the springs. It’s long past time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish the kind of strict protections that the manatees of Three Sisters Springs so desperately need
Florida Panthers Expanding Their Range
Fantastic news for endangered Florida panthers came out this week, when wildlife officials announced they had documented a female panther north of the Caloosahatchee River. For decades, these imperiled cats have been found only in the southern tip of Florida. On rare occasions, a male would be seen north of the river, but unless females also started roaming that far north, the species couldn’t truly expand. Now, there’s proof that at least one female has made the journey, bringing with her the hope that the population of Florida panthers can truly grow and thrive.
Kerry Speaks on U.S. Commitment to Climate Change at COP22
The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place this week in Marrakech, Morocco. As nations discussed ways to continue to work together to reach the goals established at COP21 in Paris last year, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the role the U.S. will play:
“The global community is more united than ever not just in accepting the challenge, but in confronting it with real action, in making a difference. And no one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris.”
New Wolves Confirmed in California
Nearly five years after OR-7’s historic journey, CDFW has confirmed the presence of new wolves in the state – one of them being OR-7’s son! What does this mean for wolf recovery in the Golden State?