The Girl Scout mission is to develop girls who “make the world a better place.” Did you know that includes a better world for bugs, too? But with an easement providing permanent protection on a Girl Scout camp in the Chesapeake Bay area, Girl Scouts are giving the federally threatened Puritan tiger beetle a strong boost toward recovery.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The refuge is the first among the nation's urban national wildlife refuges to receive this new award through a Service-wide competition.
New York has enacted a law that bans the sale of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn, with a few limited exceptions. The law also increases penalties. It follows a law by New Jersey last week that makes commercial trade of ivory and rhino horn illegal within the state. These laws dovetail with efforts by the Fish and Wildlife Service to implement a near total ban of commercial trade of African elephant ivory into and out of the United States and halt illegal trade of all wildlife products.
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