Climate Report calls for Grazing reductions on Public Lands

November 28 — A newly published report in the journal Environmental Management describes how climate change threatens to worsen impacts on public lands, watersheds and wildlife by grazing of domestic and feral livestock and unnaturally large native ungulate populations. The report calls on federal agencies to protect large tracts of public lands from livestock grazing to restore ecosystems, help lands and wildlife adapt to climate change, and provide ecological services and future benchmarks for grazed lands. It details how grazing reductions are within the legal authority of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of…

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UK’s biggest spider reintroduced into Norfolk

The great raft spider (Dolomedes plantarius) has been bred for reintroduction to its former habitat in the Norfolk Broads. The 5mm spiderlings have been released at the RSPB’s Strumpshaw Fen reserve near Norwich, UK. The project, lead by an ecologist Dr Helen Smith who has been working with fen raft spiders for 20 years, as a part of Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme, aims to revive the three remaining populations of this water-gliding arachnid species that live only in wetlands and to give them the best chance to survive in…

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Rare, dime-size Puerto Rican frog protected under Endangered Species Act

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla/October 3, 2012 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the protection of a rare Puerto Rican frog, the coquí llanero, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The protection also includes 615 acres of freshwater wetland in northern Puerto Rico where this species can be found. The decision is a result of a law suit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity when the Service failed to respond to the petition by the Caribbean Primate Research Center to protect the coquí and its habitat.…

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National Science Foundation Awards Grants for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

October 1, 2012 – Mile-a-minute weed or forest killer, it’s called. Mikania micranthais an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will explore the factors that led to an invasion of M. micrantha in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The project is one of 18 funded this year by the CNH program, which addresses how humans and the environment interact. Total funding for the 2012 awards is $17.6 million.…

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IENE 2012 International Conference – Safeguarding ecological functions across transport infrastructure, October 21-24 2012, Potsdam-Berlin, Germany

IENE (Infra Eco Network Europe) 2012 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation “Safeguarding ecological functions across transport infrastructure”, organized in cooperation with the German Federal Government and the Swedish Transport Administration, will be held from October 21-24, 2012 in Potsdam-Berlin, Germany. Conference sessions will hold place on October 22-24, followed by the IENE General Assembly, while three different practical field excursions will precede the conference on October 21. Offered field excursions are “Holsatian Habitat Corridors” at the Kiebitzholm ecoduct in Schleswig-Holstein, “Network of biotopes – Wild Cat Corridor” between Hainich National…

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