Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

Of all the people gathering on Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the state’s first-ever wildlife overpass Mike Ritschard understands the dangers of that highway more than most. 

See the full article from 9news here:

Source: Wildlife overpass opens on Highway 9 |

Video – The Secret Life of Mountain Lions

This short video was recently accepted into National Geographic’s short film showcase.

Go the link and see the video here:

Source: The Secret Life of Mountain Lions – The Video

Read the details here, and send a message to the President encouraging him to designate this monument before he leaves office, thank you!

Source: Wildlands Network

A new overpass, and an associated underpass, just for wildlife, has opened north of Tucson, AZ.  

Source: $9.5 million bridge just for wildlife opens near Tucson

Like the ABQ Wildlife Federation here in New Mexico, these volunteer groups in Arizona are using rocks to build well designed structures, slowing down water run-off and preventing soil erosion, which in turn builds up soil and supports vegetation for wildlife.

Early last Saturday under already sweltering conditions, a half-dozen men and women heaved bread loaf-sized rocks into a large drainage on the outskirts of the Patagonia Mountains to create a “Zuni bowl”, a rock structure designed to prevent soil erosion.

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Source: Volunteers lay foundation for habitat restoration | Local News Stories |

19 June, 2016 – Rising temperatures will force wild creatures to seek cooler refuges – but safe routes for them to migrate may be scarce, scientists say.

Kind of stating the obvious, but even with “41%” connectivity rating in the west, that is still under half of the land that has reasonable connected pathways for wildlife throughout the western U.S. Not enough when you really see how loss of habitat connectivity impacts most “walking, sliding or crawling” species, and even the ones that can fly, as they need habitat connectivity too. When flights become too long or too stressful, even the birds can and have been impacted by climate change and habitat loss.

Read the article here:

Source: US wildlife needs corridors to escape heat – Climate News NetworkClimate News Network

Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak in the 137-year record of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Overall, 13 out of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015. NOAA said the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2016 was 1.10°C (1.98°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F) – the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880. This value surpassed the previous record set in 2010 by 0.28°C (0.50°F). The global analysis from NOAA confirmed the findings of separate datasets from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Administration.

Source: April continues record temperature streak | World Meteorological Organization