Weekly News Roundup- January 10, 2014

from Wildlife Promise

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week?

 

David Mizejewski on The Doctors

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Jan 9-. David Mizejewski appeared on CBS’s The Doctors to discuss unusual wildlife that are helping treat human illnesses.  Watch the great segment where David explains how the venomous gila monster’s saliva is being used to treat diabetes in humans. Could the medicine work for you?

Watch the full appearance here!

 

David Mizejewski on Conan

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Jan 8- David Mizejewski made a return appearance on the hilarious Conan Show with some exotic animals like maras, lemurs, and a screaming hairy armadillo.  How does Conan react to the fact that an ostrich can kick with deadly force? Watch to find out here!

  

 

 

Study: Physical Barrier Most Effective Way to Stop Invasive Species from Ravaging Great Lakes, Mississippi River

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Jan 8- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has identified physically separating the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds as the most effective way to prevent aquatic invasive species like Asian carp from moving between the two iconic waters.

Conservation groups today responded to a congressionally mandated study released Monday that outlines eight ways to prevent the transfer of invasive organisms between the two water bodies via Chicago-area canals built more than 100 years ago to connect the two systems. Of all the options studied, the groups agreed that only one – physical separation –is effective at stopping the transfer of the various invasive fish, parasites, grasses, algae and other organisms.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study leaves no doubt that the most effective way to stop invasive species from wreaking environmental and economic harm on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River communities is through the construction of a physical barrier,” said Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “This paves the way for Congress and our region to move from study to action on a permanent solution that will protect the environment, jobs and way of life for millions of people.”

 

And now here are highlights from NWF in the news:

Washington Post: St. Francis of Assisi named wildlife habitat as part of Greenfaith certification

St. Francis Church recently was named an official wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It means that the church grounds provide food, shelter, water and a place to raise young for native wildlife, including birds, frogs and butterflies.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Volunteers gather for Abiquiu eagle count

Officials with the National Wildlife Federation have asked that participants in each state count eagles along standard routes to provide data trends.

Times-Picayune: Intensive review begins of Louisiana’s plans to rebuild ravaged coastal wetlands

That diversion is the first that the state plans to build, with assistance of a share of close to $1.4 billion the state will receive from settlements of criminal charges against BP and Transocean for their roles in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Block Island Times: Two Communities divided

Members of environmental organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club, have spoken in support of the project.

Great Falls Tribune: Federal land the focus of state committee: Management compared to state agencies to aid conditions

But he (Tom France) added that federally-managed lands have resulted in the comeback of endangered and threatened species such as grizzly bears and wolves. Most Americans, he said, would call that a “great, great gift.” Federal lands also have contributed to the comeback of elk and antelope, he noted, and Montana now has the highest percentage of recreation hunters in the nation. Hunting and recreation provide an amenity value that is “extraordinary,” he said.

 OurPublicLands.org: Sportsmen and wildlife groups urge BLM to not “short-circuit” North Park planning process

Sportsmen’s and wildlife groups say proposed oil and gas leases in Colorado’s North Park should be withdrawn until federal land managers update a nearly 30-year-old management plan for the area and better address the potential impacts on sage-grouse habitat, fisheries and water quality and quantity.