The owner and president of an antiques company based in British Columbia has been indicted in New York on conspiracy charges in connection with the smuggling of more than $500,000 worth of rhino horn, elephant ivory and other wildlife products from the United States to Canada. The defendant, who was investigated by the Service and Environment Canada as part of Operation Crash, was arrested last March in the Bronx after buying two black rhino horns from undercover special agents.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched the first in a series of videos highlighting communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy and their journey toward recovery. This first video outlines a $1.65 million beach habitat restoration project along the shores of Delaware Bay that will benefit native horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds. At the same time, the project will help local communities like Middle Township, New Jersey, whose Mayor Tim Donohue describes how strengthening natural defenses will also protect homes and support the area's ecotourism industry. The beach restoration project is among 31 resilience projects managed by the Service and supported by funding from the Department of the Interior through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.
Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.6 million for 16 projects in 12 states through the Service's competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects for species identified by states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need, will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners. The 12 states receiving grants are AZ, CO, ID, IA, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NE, SC, and WA.
A California condor chick is growing up in Zion National Park in Utah, biologists say, the first condor chick hatched in the state since the last condors were taken into captivity more than 25 years ago. Last month, biologists noted that a pair of California condors was acting in a family way. Weeks later, the chick made an appearance. The California condor is an amazing success of the Endangered Species Act. The population of condors had declined to just 22 birds in the wild in 1982, and the species was extirpated from the wild in 1987. Captive-breeding efforts mean the wild population is now more than 230.
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