Latest Endangered Species Act of 1973 News

Judge: Trump administration illegally withdrew bird listing

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration acted illegally in 2020 when it withdrew an earlier proposal to list as threatened a hen-sized bird found only in the high desert along the California-Nevada line. It’s the latest development in the on-again,...

SC wildlife officials find first sea turtle nest of season

May. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officials in South Carolina are reporting the discovery of the season’s first sea turtle nest. Monday's discovery comes one day after the official start of the 2022 turtle nesting season. The South Carolina Department of...

Protections sought for Western bird linked to piñon forests

Apr. 26, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Collecting piñon nuts has been tradition for Native American and Hispanic families in the Southwestern U.S. for generations. But environmentalists are concerned that without the pinyon jay — a very social bird that essentially plants the next generation...

Oregon tribe opposes water release for farmers

Apr. 19, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oregon said Tuesday it is assessing its legal options after learning the U.S. government plans to release water from a federally operated reservoir to downstream farmers along the Oregon-California border amid a historic drought. ...

Group: Feds hid plans to weaken whooping crane protection

Apr. 13, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

The Biden administration made secret plans to weaken protection for whooping cranes, and documents obtained through an open records request show officials “seem to have been deliberately misleading the public,” an environmental group says. The documents show that U.S. Fish and...

Nevada advocates see landscape toll of green energy projects

Mar. 20, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the Mojave Desert, Shannon Salter walks past creosote bushes and Mojave yucca, the plant’s spiky, dagger-like leaves sticking up toward the sky. Wearing a heavy down jacket and a floppy hat, she comes up to a fence line and stares at the construction of a...

Florida 'Monkey Whisperer' guilty of illegal wildlife trade

Mar. 02, 2022 17:41 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who went by the nickname “the Monkey Whisperer” pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally transporting and selling primates, including a species considered endangered. Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, 57, of Parrish, pleaded guilty in Tampa federal court to...