Friday, January 29, 2021

Loose Feathers #786

Rough-legged Hawk / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS

Birds and birding news

Science and nature blogging

Biodiversity and conservation

  • Many shark and ray populations have crashed over the past 50 years, mainly due to overfishing and bycatch.
  • Swinhoe’s softshell turtle, the world's rarest turtle, may still escape extinction since a female survives in captivity and more of the species may exist in the wild.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Service is failing to protect Florida panther habitat from development even though habitat protection is necessary for the panther's survival. This is an example of a larger problem of the agency letting politics and money guide its decisions.
  • Here is a sample of species that were declared extinct in 2020.

Climate change and environmental politics