Even more problematic is the fact that natural habitats have been extensivelyfragmented by human development, which will leave many species with"nowhere to go," regardless of their migration rates.The team's results not only underscore the importance of lowering greenhousegas emissions-they also provide data for conservation managers who must nowplan for the impact of global climate change.
FWC rescues 2 manatees in 1 day
Florida manatees also suffered a record deadly year with 429 of the majesticanimals dying, the largest number since recordkeeping began in 1974. At least97 of the deaths were due to boat collisions.With Florida's human population booming, there are more and more roads, moreand more cars, and more and more boats and less and less habitat and wildlife.Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC)Fish and Wildlife Research Institute rescued two injured manatees from the eastand west coasts. One manatee was rescued in Palm Beach County; the other was rescued in Pinellas County.The New Year's cold snap devastated the state's manatee population, with morethan 100 carcasses showing up in state waters in the first three weeks of 2010,state wildlife officials said
NOAA sets aside critical habitat for endangered leather back turtles
In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, thisTuesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed to setaside almost 45 million acres of protected "critical habitat" for endangeredleatherback sea turtles off California, Oregon, and Washington. If the proposal isfinalized, it will mark the first time critical habitat is designated for sea turtles inocean waters of the continental United States.Unfortunately, the current plan leaves out a large expanse of foraging andmigratory areas and fails to protect the turtles from fishing-gear entanglement --even though it's a leading cause of death for the species. A final critical habitatrule is due in a year.
Center for Biological Diversity protecting penguins
To save penguins endangered by global warming and other threats, this weekthe Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice that they'll sue if theObama administration fails to move forward on protecting seven penguinspecies. After a Center petition for 12 penguin species -- which are primarilyimperiled by global warming and industrial fisheries -- the U.S. Fish and WildlifeService proposed Endangered Species Act protection for seven penguins. Butthe agency missed its December deadline to finalize those protections. A place