Month: September 2015

September 14, 2015

FWS Determines Listing New England Cottontail Not Warranted

A 12-month finding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that listing the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted. Secretary of...

September 14, 2015

$27 Million Approved for Migratory Bird Conservation

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved over $27 million in funding last Wednesday for projects to conserve approximately 200,000 acres of migratory bird habitat. This commission was established to consider...

September 14, 2015

Hot Off the Wire: Conference News ‘n Notes

Here’s the latest TWS Annual Conference news: Sold out! Exhibitor space, advertising and both hotel blocks have sold out. All field trips and five of our nine workshops are completely...

September 11, 2015

Biologist Butchko, Staff Honored for Partnership

On August 18, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources held its annual all-hands meeting, complete with awards for the excellent work and service that the Wolverine State’s staff accomplishes. Also,...

September 11, 2015

Migratory Bird Hunting Frameworks Proposed for 2015-2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the final early and proposed late season migratory bird hunting regulation frameworks for the 2015-2016 season. These guidelines are issued as part...

September 11, 2015

TWS Member: Hudson Bay Polar Bears Could Survive Ice Melt

Polar bears in the western Hudson Bay may be able to survive the ice melt, according to a new prediction model. “We do know that bears eat on land,” said...

September 10, 2015

Plastic Impacts Seabirds Worldwide

Almost all seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic, and the number will only increase in the future if no action is taken to stop plastic from entering...

September 10, 2015

Judge Throws Out Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing

A U.S. District Court Judge threw out the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to list the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) as a threatened species last Tuesday. The March...

September 10, 2015

How Pennsylvania Manages Its Wild Elk

Tens of thousands of hunters and wildlife advocates across Pennsylvania recently met at the Great Outdoor Elk Expo to discuss management and conservation of the state’s wild elk herd. The...

September 10, 2015

Suburban Estrogen Could Be Changing Frogs’ Sex Ratios

Increased levels of estrogen in suburban ponds could be affecting the sex ratio of frogs, according to new research. “The more suburban got the more sexually proportionate to females,” said...