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Tim Davis pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act by trafficking in sperm whale ivory. Credit: Christin Khan / NOAA
Tim Davis pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act by trafficking in sperm whale ivory. Credit: Christin Khan / NOAA

Washington State Man Pleads Guilty to Ivory Trafficking

April 28, 2017

A man has pleaded guilty to trafficking in illegal ivory. He admitted to participating in at least 74 transactions involving the purchase and sale of whale, elephant and walrus ivory between May 2006 and June 2015. U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes commended “the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for working diligently to stamp out this kind of trafficking.”
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A family enjoys a hike at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Credit: USFWS
A family enjoys a hike at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Credit: USFWS

Americans Call Nature Very Important, But Many Don’t Take Advantage of It

April 26, 2017
More than three-quarters of adults say contact with nature is very or extremely important for their physical health and emotional outlook, a new study reports, but more than half say they spend five hours or less in nature each week. Children report spending 6.6 hours a week outdoors. The study also finds ways to overcome this gap between interest and action.
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Northern pintail. Credit: Peter Pearsall / USFWS
Northern pintail. Credit: Peter Pearsall / USFWS

Secretary Zinke Announces Boost to Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands Through Conservation Grants, Federal Duck Stamp Funds

April 26, 2017
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, today approved $38.8 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The commission also approved more than $7.8 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 2,629 acres on national wildlife refuges and open thousands of additional acres to public hunting.
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