Open Spaces : Nautilus

Kids Get Creative to Save Wildlife

By Claire Hood, USFWS

The threats that face wildlife are often global in scale—poaching, habitat destruction, disease, and climate change, to name a few.

While these problems may seem overwhelming, each person can make a difference in helping to conserve plants and animals, including kids. Over the last several months, the International Affairs Program has heard from children across the country.

save_nautilisU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Assistant Director of International Affairs, Bryan Arroyo, meets with Josiah Utsch, co-founder of www.savethenautilus.com, to thank him for his conservation work. (Photo: USFWS)

In March, we led the United States delegation and traveled to the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Chambered Nautilus: More than Just a Pretty Shell

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article titled “Loving the Chambered Nautilus to Death.”   How could this be possible?  Have we really turned the tides of fate for the chambered nautilus simply by loving it too much?

Wait, what’s that you say?  What is a chambered nautilus?  Oh, you know.  It’s a cephalopod with six generally recognized species contained within two genera.  Still not ringing a bell? 

Perhaps, a photo would help:

This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73  under the creative commons cc-by-sa 3.0 license

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Last updated: June 21, 2012