Martha Surridge

Senior Conservation Planner

Posts By: Martha Surridge

Prairie dogs, © Jonathan Proctor/Defenders

Seeing the Big Picture »

Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of endangered species recovery, the picture we need is a map that displays both the good and bad actions that affect the species. Interactive maps seem to be everywhere in our online lives; however, their potential hasn’t been fully leveraged to further endangered species conservation in the U.S.

Karner Blue Butterfly, © John & Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS

Making Every Penny Count »

Trying to stretch every dollar to do more with less is a familiar dilemma. Unfortunately, it’s an all too familiar one for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other federal agencies trying to recover over 2,100 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Given this harsh reality, it’s more important than ever that we prioritize recovery actions to give the most endangered species their best chance for survival.