Drought and Bad Weather Make Last year’s Oklahoma deer hunt season worst this century

The Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation released the deer harvest numbers for the 2013-14 hunting season. Fewer deer were killed by hunters in Okla. last season since the 1990s. A total of 88,000 …

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Residents report that they have been seeing fewer deer for the last three or four years.

Mighty mouse: Rare rodent raises tensions over water access

WATER WAR: The U.S. Forest Service has locked out cattle belonging to ranchers in Otero County, N.M., because it wants to protect the habitat of the meadow jumping mouse. Photo from KVIA-TV. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog A dispute between ranchers, whose cattle were locked out of a water source in southern New Mexico…

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The reporting here feels a little biased, but the situation is worth noting because it is typical of a problem that will become common if the drought continues.

Tell President Obama: Fight for Net Neutrality

The FCC just met and voted to potentially undermine Net Neutrality. Obama promised to defend the Internet — and now he needs to keep his promise!

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Speciesism: If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention

Kathleen Stachowski, Other Nations:  If you aren’t angry, it’s possible that you aren’t concerned about speciesism. If you are concerned about speciesism but you’re not angry, you probably aren’t pa…

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Advocating Nature Conservation With Fiction

Nature Conservation Novel

A reader of my novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, emailed a review today that I decided to share.  The novel is my first attempt to use fiction to promote nature conservation.  Arizona librarians chose it as Arizona’s 2014 OneBookAZ for teen readers.  You may download the eBook free from www.OneBookAZ.org.

Review of Corr Syl, April 4, 2014

Kirkus Best of 2013“Corr Syl the Warrior by Garry Rogers surprised me. From the book cover and the title I thought I was in for a sci-fi romp through the galaxy. Although that would have been fun I was much more entertained and brought to my senses with a touching story of Corr, a rabbit with super intelligence and his friend Rhya. I felt the communal sense of the animal kingdom from the up close observations of several other animal characters as Corr is introduced. In Garry’s book, what stands out are the feelings his characters evoke through their thoughtful and sapient actions. The environment is at risk here. That message is clear. Corr, with a tender heart, leads his tribe, the Tsaeb, to conquer misguided humans and animals, to defend the earth and its resources, to right wrongs, and as is beautifully and memorably put, “to persist, for like unworthy thoughts, dangerous individuals and species appear from time to time and civilization needs its defenders.”

Janice Shanks, school Librarian

BOYCOTT Premier Proten Bars — BS Palm Oil Response

Premier Protein bars are available in our company kitchen.  But they contain palm kernel oil, which we all know is 1) evil; 2) destroys rainforest; 3) kills critically endangered spec…

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Save bees from a highly toxic pesticide! – Earthjustice

Help us ensure that sulfoxaflor does not become the final straw for honeybees. Take action now to save bees.

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Oakland Zoo Plans To Destroy More Fragile Parkland

Reprinted from East Bay Chapter – California Native Plant Society Conservation Oakland Zoo Proposes to Take Even More Public Land for its Expansion May 6, 2014 in Oakland The Oakland Zoo is continuing to pursue its expansion into Knowland Park that…

This is Not a good idea.  Zoos should shrink and disappear, not expand.

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Scientists propose new classification scheme for invasive species

Triage is a concept that is increasingly infiltrating the hearts and minds of conservationists and conservation researchers around the world. In a world of limited resources, how do we know where to direct our attention?

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Drought and Shrinking Western Wood Peewee Habitat

Western Wood Peewee (Contopus sordidulus) Takes Over West Lawn

A new visitor to my lawn this spring, a Western Wood Peewee, has begun capturing the aerial insects on the west side of the house.  Two pairs of Black Phoebes (Sayornis nigricans) patrolled the yards last year.  Until four years ago, my pastures were irrigated and there was only one Phoebe pair in the yard.  Others hunted over the pastures and ponds.  Peewees sometimes perched on the pasture fence, but I never saw one in the yard before this year.  Now the pastures are all dry and some crowding is inevitable, but will three flycatcher families be too many?

The Western and Eastern Wood Peewees are very similar.  Both have relatively short legs and dull eye rings, but their songs are distinctive.  Of course the WWP is best :).

This Peewee is ranked S5 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, meaning that it is not in danger of extinction.  As the regional drought continues, however, this and many other species that prefer riparian areas may begin to decline.  Read more about Arizona bird conservation status.