Conserving the Nature of America
Brown pelicans. Credit: David Pereksta for USFWS
Brown pelicans. Credit: David Pereksta for USFWS

Citizen Scientists, Partners to Document California Brown Pelicans

April 29, 2016
The Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to launch the first ever citizen science survey for California brown pelicans across the Pacific coast. The California Brown Pelican subspecies was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2009. But in recent years, brown pelican productivity across the range has been poor.
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Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are covered with overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails. Credit: Tikki Hywood Trust
Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are covered with overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails. Credit: Tikki Hywood Trust

U.S. to Fight for Pangolins, African Grey Parrot, More at CITES

April 28, 2016
The United States has released a list of proposals it will submit or co-sponsor at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, this fall. Proposals gaining support include ones that would end commercial trade in pangolins and wild African grey parrots.
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An orangutan skull. Credit: USFWS
An orangutan skull. Credit: USFWS

Operation Pongo Puts 2 Wildlife Smugglers Behind Bars

April 28, 2016
Two Malaysian nationals pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle wildlife after they smuggled five orangutan skulls and parts of nine other protected species into Oregon. They were sentenced to six months in prison, one year of probation, community service and fines totaling $25,000. The investigation revealed that the two co-owned an online business that had smuggled approximately $95,000 worth of imperiled wildlife into the U.S. since 2004. Pongo is the orangutan genus.
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