Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction …

New Opportunities for Conservation in Cuba

With the opening of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba earlier this year, new opportunities for conservation among the two countries are emerging. The United States and Cuba recently signed an agreement on marine conservation and research, representing the first such collaboration on environmental protection. The agreement proposes to link marine sanctuaries in the …

Issue of the Week: Factors Impacting Migratory Birds

Migratory bird species have been protected by law in many countries to ensure their annual commute to their breeding grounds are not interrupted and populations are not reduced by commercial trade. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was established to protect these species by prohibiting the ability to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell many …