Welcome to the Summit Voice biodiversity page, with links to stories and other resources about plant and animal species, hunting, fishing and other related issues and topics.
Overlapping threats seen as ‘multiple drivers of extinction’
Global amphibian declines have been well-documented and attributed to a combination of climate change, habitat impacts from development, agriculture and other land-use factory, and the deadly chytrid fungus. Worldwide, about 30 percent of all amphibian species are listed as threatened under [...]
Hunter takes picture; wildlife officials confirm sighting
For the first time since 2009, an endangered jaguar has been found roaming the wilds of southern Arizona. The jaguar was photographed by a hunter last weekend. Subsequently, Arizona Game and Fish biologists confirmed the sighting and identified the cat as healthy male, weighing about [...]
Scientists identify keys to coral reef protection and recovery after study dramatic recoveries in Moorea reefs
Scientists conducting a long-term study on the Pacific island of Moorea, in French Polynesia, say they’ve figured why coral reefs surrounding the island are able to discover from disturbances like cyclones and predators. [...]
Species of special concern status doesn’t block hunting or require any critical habitat designations
Canada, home to about 60 percent of the world’s polar bears, has decided to list the Arctic predator as a species of special concern and will develop a management plan for the bears within three [...]
International effort will help catalog an unsung group of organisms
With grant funding from the Department of Energy, researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and other institutions say they’re ready to start sequencing 1,000 fungal genomes. The five-year project is part of an effort to learn more about unsung [...]
Scientists use DNA barcodes to track ‘staggering diversity’ of world’s oceans
Cataloging species with DNA barcodes helped scientists with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History determine that the biodiversity in the world’s coral reefs has been seriously underestimated. Coral reefs are some of the most endangered habitats [...]
Watchdog and public health groups challenge the use of genetically engineered crops in National Wildlife Refuges
Lawsuit claims USFWS violated environmental laws by approving use of GE crops
Environmental and watchdog groups have joined forces in a legal battle to end the cultivation of genetically engineered crops on fifty-four national wildlife refuges across the Midwest. The lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court for [...]
Front Range, West Slope agree to provide equal amounts of water, but some West Slope stakeholders are concerned about impacts to trout fisheries
A proposal to revamp water allotments for endangered Colorado River fish could benefit some fisheries in some streams while threatening economically valuable fisheries in other West [...]
Rare cats imperiled by habitat fragmentation
A Florida panther kitten that was raised in a wildlife facility after its mother died will be released to the wild this week in Big Cypress National Preserve. The wild cat, identified as K304, will be set free Nov. 1 at the Burns Lake [...]
Logging may be fragmenting old-growth habitat
Martens, small but fierce mammal predators at home in old-growth Sierra Nevada forests, may be in serious decline, according to research published last week in the Journal of Wildlife Management. Biologists from Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service estimated that detection [...]
NOAA researchers document unusual long-distance killer whale migration
Killer whales from Antarctic waters may be making long-distance treks to warmer water as a type of marine mammal spa treatment, shedding skin that’s covered with diatoms and algae. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers tagged a dozen killer whales in [...]
Guidelines to be used for site-specific highway improvement planning
New underpasses, redesigned culverts, step-pools and other design features could help make I-70 through Summit County friendlier to wildlife and help reduce the number of costly and dangerous animal-vehicle collisions on the busy highway. In a new study released this [...]
Biodiversity: Federal Court rebukes Forest Service for failure to monitor endangered animals in Arizona and New Mexico
Court ruling halts some grazing on national forests in Southwest
When the White River National Forest approved a new travel management plan last summer, the agency completely ignored a biological finding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on impacts to endangered lynx in the Vail Pass area. That [...]
Information session will address winter impacts to big game herds
After watching elk grow weak and die during last year’s record-breaking snowfall, some residents of the Steamboat Springs region decided to take matters into their own hands. They started feeding the elk, which may have saved a few individual [...]
Feds say new site will boost economy, help urban residents connect with nature
Working closely with local partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the go-ahead to establish a new 570-acre wildlife refuge on the site of a former dairy farm just a few miles south of New [...]
Study: ‘Widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in the abundance of shark populations worldwide …’
Australian researchers say they’ve developed a new way of accurately measuring shark populations, and the results show the ocean predators are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and around the world. “There is [...]
Over-fishing, changing ocean temps blamed for plummeting numbers as Scripps researchers unveil ‘illusion of plenty
Over-fishing and climate-driven changes in water temperature have combined to cause the collapse of two important recreational fisheries off the southern California coast in the past few decades. Barred sand bass and kelp bass [...]
Two Rocky Mountain conservation groups drop lawsuits
Two Rocky Mountain-based conservation groups are dismissing their endangered species lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a related landmark case was recently settled. Rocky Mountain Wild and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance said they will drop their claims in a [...]
Healthy ecosystems with all species present can slow the spread of deadly disease like the chytrid fungus that’s killing boreal toads
Species diversity may play a key role in slowing the spread of pathogens like the chytrid fungus that’s killing amphibians all over the world. “With greater diversity of [..
Hundreds of species to get due process
A federal judge this week approved a deal between conservation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will help clear up a logjam of endangered species listings by setting deadlines for formal listing decisions on numerous plants and animals. Under [...]
Researchers say more resources should be devoted to managing and improving near-shore fisheries
Deep-sea fishing depletes marine biodiversity, causes profound damage on the ocean floor and should be curtailed to preserve marine resources, according to a group of scientists who published a comprehensive online study this week in the [...]
State parks and wildlife commission to consider changes to hunting regulations to reduce conflicts
Colorado’s turkey restoration program has been so successful that large flocks of the wild birds are becoming a nuisance to farmers and homeowners in parts of the state. As a result, the Colorado Parks and [...]
Sister sanctuary agreement will promote joint conservation and research efforts
Whales are among the world’s great migrating species, so efforts to protect the cetaceans requires international cooperation like the new sister sanctuary agreement signed recently by the U.S. and France that will hep protect endangered humpback whales in the [...]
Scott Yates, of Trout Unlimited’s Western Water Project, honored for restoration work
With low stream flows and increasing temperatures taking an increasing toll on aquatic habitat in the West, restoration efforts are more important than ever. Nobody knows this better that Scott Yates, director of Trout Unlimited’s Western Water [...]
National Park Service eyes improved hydrology and better visitor access in plan for Mariposa Grove
A grove of giant sequoias that’s been growing for 3,000 years in Yosemite National Park may soon be even more peaceful. The National Park Service wants to restore natural streams in the area, remove [...]
Extensive high altitude habitat may serve as a climate refuge for tiny alpine mammals
Despite concerns about climate-change impacts, it appears that the high-alpine reaches of the southern Rockies still holds plenty of good habitat for American pikas, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study released this week. [...]
Posted on September 3, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Recent Aspen-area maulings underscore seriousness of warnings
State and federal resource managers are making a late-summer push to minimize potentially dangerous encounters between people and bears by focusing on education and outreach. “National Forests are bear country,” White River National Forest officials said in a press relase. “It’s their [...]
Warmer stream temps could force resource managers to choose between fish and hydropower By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming may soon force resource managers in California to choose between maintaining salmon populations or producing hydropower. That’s because warming streams could spell the end of spring-run Chinook salmon in California by the end of [...]
Absence of top predators puts ecosystems awry at the expense of other species
The absence of wolves has thrown some western ecosystems out of balance at the expense of other species — including threatened Canada lynx, according to new research published this week in the Wildlife Society Bulletin. The [...]
Conservation group says the new version still falls short of giving adequate protection to the endangered species
A new plan to protect and recover the endangered Mojave desert tortoise focuses less on mitigation and more on keeping pace with environmental changes that affect tortoise movement corridors and habitat connectivity. [...]
State wildlife agency testing new method for monitoring wild carnivore populations on a landscape scale
If you’ve been waiting for the 2011 spring lynx kitten count from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, don’t hold your breath. Instead if visiting individual dens to collar and count lynx, state [...]
Congress evades Endangered Species Act; Federal judge calls Wyoming wolf deal an act of political appeasement and says it undermines the rule of law
Predator conservation in the West took a step backward this week, as the Obama administration and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead finalized an agreement that could [...]
Public invited to Aug. 15 information session in Meeker
Colorado wildlife researchers say the deer herd in the northwestern part of the state is shriveling due to a perfect storm of severe winters, drought, predation, and increased traffic from oil and gas exploration. The decline has spurred some talk [...]
Tangled remnants of monofilament can be recycled with Berkley
It’s been great fun the last couple of years watching my son’s growing enthusiasm for fishing. In the warm part of the year, it’s become an important part of our father and son time. [...]
Ecosystem restoration requires re-introduction of large predators
The loss of top predators has far-reaching ecosystem impacts, including changes in vegetation, wildfire frequency, infectious diseases, invasive species, water quality and nutrient cycles, according to a team of international scientists who studied and compared those impacts across a wide range of [...]
Posted on February 9, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
One of the best one-stop shops for wildlife information is the Colorado Division of Wildlife, with a wealth of online information about conservation, wildlife watching, hunting and fishing.
Click here for the latest CDOW news releases.
Click here for CDOW’s video library.
Click here for CDOW’s Outdoor Journal.
The Colorado Wildlife Federation advocates for sustainable wildlife populations in healthy, natural habitats because they are important for their intrinsic values and for the health, enjoyment, and well-being of Colorado’s human society.
Click here to see the Colorado Wildlife Federation’s latest report: Northwest Colorado’s Wildlife Habitat Today: Are We Losing Our Wildlife Heritage?
Click here to see what the CWF is saying about Colorado’s off-highway vehicle registration program.
And here is a link to the CWF “hot topic” page.
The World Wildlife Fund works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.
WWF’s mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems.
Click here to see the WWF’s global Red List of endangered species.
The U.S. Department of Interior recently announced it won’t immediately list greater sage-grouse as threatened or endangered. The birds qualify for listing but will have to wait in line behind higher-priority species.
Federal and state agencies will partner with private landowners and conservation groups to develop conservation strategies in Colorado and around the inter-mountain West.
Read more here.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife recently boosted the pronghorn antelope population in the Gunnison Basin by transplanting 62 of the swift mammals from the Pueblo area.
Read more here.
The American Pika may be down, but not out, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently decided not to put the small mammals on the endangered species list just yet.
Global warming is seen as a significant threat to the Alpine zone dwellers, but scientists said there is enough habitat left across the U.S. to sustain populations.
The agency will continue to watch the pika closely. Read more.