Here at Defenders, we love our wildlife and public lands, especially the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only federal lands system dedicated specifically to protecting wildlife and its habitat. Our staff work all over the country to advocate for some of our amazing refuges and the vital role they play in our conservation work.
Posts Categorized: Grasslands
About 17 years ago, we started the first of several years of reintroductions of captive-bred swift foxes from Canada into Blackfeet Indian tribal lands. By 2006, the reintroduction was deemed a success. Fast forward to today, and we are still curious about the swift foxes of the Blackfeet Reservation.
Wildlife like pygmy rabbits, burrowing owls, pronghorn and sage-grouse can’t survive without the Sagebrush Sea, but they’re at risk of losing their home because of human-caused threats like mining, oil & gas drilling & roads.
In June, Defenders representatives worked on the American Prairie Reserve to expand prairie dog colonies. We wanted to make new habitat more prairie dog friendly, to encourage prairie dogs to move into this new area, and to protect the growing colony from plague.
Though small, frequent fires during wildfire season are usually good, large, uncharacteristic wildfires can be bad for native wildlife habitat. There are three major reasons that wildfires are such a problem right now.