A remote island in the Bahamas is home to dozens of species of native and migratory birds, including one that has been on the endangered species list for decades. Scientists would like to see the area known as the Joulter Cays turned into a national park, but not everyone agrees. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise follows a group of researchers as they track and study the piping plover in its winter habitat. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour traveled to the Bahamas recently with a group of scientists to study an endangered shorebird bird called the piping plover. The birds have been on the endangered species list in the United States since the late 1980s, but like many species of migrating birds, scientists didn’t know much about their wintering grounds. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will soon decide whether to put a killer whale named Lolita who has been dubbed “the world’s loneliest orca” on the endangered species list. Researchers disagree over whether to give her that protection since she’ll most likely be released into the wild. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
The Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist for $7 million, aims to count all of the elephants on the continent of Africa in order to save the species through conservation efforts. But as elephant numbers continue dwindle across the continent, due in large part to poaching, researchers — already faced with a herculean task and countries resistant to join the census — must first establish how many they are trying to save. NewsHour’s Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
Every year, millions of North American monarch butterflies head south for the winter — but recently their numbers have plummeted by up to 90 percent. In Washington, responding to a petition submitted
by conservation organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a year-long review that could mean the the butterflies are placed on the Endangered Species List. Continue reading
New research shows that African giraffe populations have decreased by 40 percent over the last 15 years, pushing the world’s tallest animal closer to extinction. Continue reading
Tigers are dying in record numbers in India, mostly due to poaching, the country’s wildlife officials said this week.
Manatees are the slow, lumbering, gentle giants of the aquatic ecosystem. Every November, they make their way to Florida’s warmer waters for the winter marking Manatee Awareness Month. Celebrate by learning eight facts about the gentle sea cows. Continue reading