Wildlife Round Up

Posted by Trish Riley, February 22, 2009
Sandhill Cranes and 177 other bird species migrating farther north in response to warming climates…. Tennessee is considering dealing with the increasing population of Sandhill Cranes by allowing hunting of these lyrical feathered friends of Payne’s Prairie. What’s wrong with these people????!
Manatee count increased to 3,807 in Florida, according to a count taken Jan. 19, 2009, up from 3,300 in 2001.  But manatee deaths were on the rise in 2008, with 337 deaths recorded, 20 more than in 2007. Watercraft collisions accounted for 90 deaths, while 101 were newborns, attributed in part to loss of habitat caused by development and pollution.
US parks facing steep climb
Boston Globe, United States – Jan 31, 2009
Critics of the Bush administration – former park directors among them – say its emphasis on commerce over conservation left a legacy that the national parks
Better News:
Why Investing In Parks Is Smart Economic Stimulus
Daily Green – Feb 19, 2009
The recently passed economic stimulus package includes $905 million for revitalizing our National Parks, many of which have suffered the same kind of
Some Bush environmental actions facing reversal
Journal and Courier, IN – Feb 9, 2009
Grijalva chairs the subcommittee that oversees national parks, forests and public lands, as well as parts of the Bureau of Land Management and National Park

Bush-Era Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks Canceled
Environment News Service – Feb 4, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – Sales of oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of land near national parks and monuments in Utah were halted today by
Salazar cancels Bush-era energy leases in Utah Los Angeles Times
Bold Action by Department of Interior Halts Leasing of Utah Wilderness