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Eurasian minnow.
Credit: Karelj via Wikimedia CommonsCredit: Ajit K. Huilgol
Eurasian minnow. Credit: Karelj via Wikimedia Commons

Service Acts to Prevent 11 Nonnative Species from Harming Native Wildlife

September 29, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken action to help ensure that 11 potentially invasive species do not damage native wildlife and habitats by becoming established in the United States. 10 nonnative freshwater fish species and one nonnative freshwater crayfish species will be designated as injurious under the Lacey Act. The final rule will protect native wildlife and associated habitats, prohibit the import of live specimens for each species without a permit, and avert potential economic strains.
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Both Asian and African pangolin species are threatened by international trafficking, primarily for use of their scales for traditional Asian medicine and as a luxury food in East Asia. Credit: Ajit K. Huilgol
Both Asian and African pangolin species are threatened by international trafficking, primarily for use of their scales for traditional Asian medicine and as a luxury food in East Asia. Credit: Ajit K. Huilgol

Nations Unite to Improve the Fate of Pangolins

September 28, 2016
Pangolins received increased protections today under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES member nations voted to increase protections for all eight species of pangolins by voting in favor of proposals to transfer pangolins from Appendix II to Appendix I of the treaty. Appendix I of CITES includes species threatened with extinction and provides the greatest level of protection, including restrictions on commercial trade.
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Rachel Carson on Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania.
Rachel Carson on Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania.

Rachel Carson's Groundbreaking 'Silent Spring' Turns 54

September 27, 2016
In 1962 on this date, Rachel Carson, a onetime writer-biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published Silent Spring, which awakened society to the dangers of indiscriminate use of the pesticide DDT. In the end, the federal government banned DDT, and wildlife such as the bald eagle soar the skies in increasing numbers, recovered from the effects of the pesticide.
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