TPR News
Saturday, August 29, the 241st day of 2015.
There are 124 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
KellyAnne Payne - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
New York Times Best Selling Author W. Bruce Cameron will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/15 at 5 PM EST to dicuss and give away his book - The Dog Master
Dr. John Willard will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 630 PM EST on 8/29/15 to discuss and give away his Dr. Willard's Natural Restorative Pet Care Kits

For the last forty years, Dr. Willard’s team has made it our mission to offer products to help improve our clients’ health. Five years ago, an addition to our family led to an inspiration for a brand new line of pet products that we call Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care.

This personal venture began when John Willard III, our company CEO, and his wife welcomed a new rescue dog, Aspen, into their, and our extended Willard family, home. Upon learning that this Great Pyrenees was abused and neglected, we were ready and eager to provide him with a caring and loving environment.

Aspen’s first vet appointment left John and his wife feeling extremely concerned about Aspen’s physical and mental well being after they were told that he wouldn’t be able to fully regrow his coat (he’d been shaved by the adoption agency due to extensive tangles), and would probably be affected with chronic arthritis, and other health problems, for the rest of his life because of his past.

John Willard and his loyal companion Aspen

John Willard and his loyal companion Aspen

On the drive home, John remembered the feedback from our loyal customers who shared stories of the benefits of using Dr. Willard’s products for their pets. He started doing the same, quickly noticing a difference in Aspen’s appearance and behavior. They were delighted to see hair re-growing on his bald spots, and to find him running around without any joint pain. Furthermore, Aspen became much calmer and happier; even five years later, he is still a happy-go-lucky dog, bringing joy to our family. In fact, the family vet has said that Aspen is the healthiest ten-year old Great Pyrenees she has seen! This made us certain that with love and a regiment of all natural products, pets can thrive, even if they had faced some issues in the past.

As glad as we were to see Aspen’s improvement after using Dr. Willard’s products, we can’t say we were surprised. Dr. Willard, PhD, a professor of Chemistry, worked with veterinarians almost from the day he originally invented the patented formula of this miraculous line in the 1960’s and dedicated users have followed suit ever since.

The beneficial properties of using Dr. Willard’s products for pets have been heralded not only in messages from our customers, but also in articles and television shows. In fact, in 1980, 60 Minutes did a segment on the calming effects and the improvement of digestion and absorption of nutrients of our line for both humans and animals. Other prominent endorsements from respected publications in the natural pet care industry included the 2000 edition of Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, which reports on several findings of the benefits of our line of pet products. The book described the miraculous calming effects aggressive dogs experienced after using Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 1.34.58 PMThe 1997 edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care explained that Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Products were tested on animals for years, and showed absolutely no negative side effects, but only benefits, such as ”improved digestion, calmness, improved coat luster and eye sparkle, improved gait, resistance to stress-related illness and increased immunity.” The article also stated that Dr. Willard’s products helped alleviate the effects of cuts, burns and wounds.

The Whole Dog Journal published an article in 2006 confirming the many benefits of using Dr. Willard’s for pets.  The article cited several ways in which it recommends using Dr. Willard’s and even featured a holistic veterinarian from North Carolina who had been using Dr. Willard’s on a variety of issues since 1983.  The Whole Dog Journal is one of the most respected natural pet care publications in the world so we recommend reading the article in it’s entirety here.

Aspen’s quick and long-lasting improvement led us to develop a line of Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Products because we wanted to make sure that all our customers have access to products made with natural ingredients without any harmful additives. Dr. Willard’s Pet Care Kit provides a holistic solution to animal care with three exciting new products: Vibrant Pet Water Drops, Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray and the Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets. Used together, this line provides a natural solution for dogs’ health and well being. This kit contains:

Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops – These drops offer additional benefits of hydration for dogs. Providing pets with clean drinking water with the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula, this product improves water’s biological functions to help with digestion and nutrient absorption, as well as behavior and performance. This means that your pets will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before. In addition, these drops serve as a whole-body tonic for pets; when added to fur, they lead to an improved look and feel. Furthermore, owners report that their pets have been calmer and less stressed upon regular use of the Vibrant Pet Drops.

Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray – This topical application has been beneficial in promoting a shiny and healthy coat, as well as treating pets’ skin disorders, such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. It also helps with pain tolerance, traumatic injuries and arthritis.

Dr. Willard’s Aloe Gel for Pets – Aloe Vera has been heralded for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Our aloe gel for pets helps to treat infections, as well as burns, cuts, wounds, and skin disorders. It can be given to dogs internally, by adding some gel to their food, or topically, by applying the gel to their coats or skin.

For generations, our family has always believed in using all-natural, toxic and chemical-free products for ourselves and our pets. We always check ingredients in the food, as well as in the hygiene products and medical supplements we give to our pets because we know how harmful toxins are to the health of both humans and animals. Over the last forty years, our Dr. Willard’s products, which are made with natural ingredients, has been under the review of a Congressional subcommittee on health, tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and undergone a battery of safety tests from customers, media outlets and wholesalers and all have found our products to be completely safe and offer no negative side effects. The product’s ingredients (water, fossilized organics, sodium meta silicate, sulfated castor, oil, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate) create a catalyst that alters water’s molecular structure. This provides holistic anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, among many others to humans and pets and can substantially improve health and well being. We hope you’ll enjoy these new additions to our family and that they are a positive, natural alternative to providing good health for your family.

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Efforts to Save Rare Honduran Hummingbird Result in New Reserve, Conservation Partnerships with Ranchers

Contact: Robert Johns, 202 888 7472, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Honduran Emerald, Greg Homel/Natural Elements Productions

Honduran Emerald, Greg Homel/Natural Elements Productions

(Washington, D.C., August 24, 2015) The future looks a little brighter for a rare hummingbird that resides only in Honduras, thanks to efforts by La Asociación de Investigación para el Desarrollo Ecológico y Socio Económico (ASIDE), American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and other groups.

The bird, the Honduran Emerald, features iridescent blue, green, and turquoise colors. But its most notable feature is its rarity: The species went unrecorded for almost 40 years, from 1950 to 1988, and is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Now, the rare hummingbird will benefit from the protection of 147 acres in Honduras' Agalta Valley. The property belongs to the San Esteban municipality – a first for this community – and has been officially designated as the El Ciruelo Wildlife Refuge by the Honduran Forestry Department.

“We are still in the early stages of this project in the Agalta Valley but are thrilled by the early conservation success that the new El Ciruelo Wildlife Refuge represents,” said John Tschirky, who manages this project for ABC.

ABC and ASIDE are working with the municipality to develop a strategy for management of the refuge and critical next steps, such as installing fencing and signage; establishing visitor trails and picnic areas; and conducting additional outreach with local landowners about the role of the new refuge.

(See the bird in amazing slow motion.)

Stemming the Loss of Honduran Forests

Cattle ranching is the dominant land use in the Agalta Valley of eastern Honduras and has resulted in a dramatic and rapid conversion of dry forest to grasslands. However, ranches still contain isolated patches of forest that provide needed shade for the cattle as well as hardwoods used for fence posts and charcoal.

Cattle producers here suffer from increasing summer temperatures, declining rainfall, and soil exhaustion which reduce the quantity and quality of milk from their cows. Many ranchers compensate for this by clearing forest for additional pasture, resulting in 10 percent annual forest conversion to pasture. This trend will likely continue without additional and immediate conservation measures.

To secure remaining forests, ABC and ASIDE are working to develop a Payment for Ecosystem Services program in the Agalta Valley to incentivize private landowners to maintain and even improve tropical dry forests on their lands.

Conservation of these forests would benefit the Honduran Emerald, declining neotropical migratory birds such as the Wood Thrush and Golden-winged Warbler, as well as many rare plants, reptiles, and other wildlife.

What's Next: Incentives for Bird Conservation

ASIDE, with ABC's support, has completed a socio-economic evaluation of landowners in the Agalta Valley to identify the incentives desired and needed by landowners to conserve and restore their lands.

To date, the ASIDE team has interviewed 18 landowners and evaluated their properties, which encompass a total of 3,230 acres (1,307 hectares) of remaining dry forest habitat critical to the Honduran Emerald. All but one expressed an interest in receiving incentives in exchange for conserving forests on their lands. Incentives may include cash payments, technical assistance (such as implementing silvipasture techniques and installing irrigation systems), equipment (fencing), and other forms of help.

This work has been made possible through the support of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program and the Environmental Safeguards Group of the Inter-American Development Bank and David Davidson.

Identifying the Honduran Emerald's Habitat Needs

ASIDE has also completed an ecological evaluation to provide an ecosystem service baseline of the remaining dry forest areas that are most crucial to the hummingbird. This baseline can be used to negotiate goals to maintain or improve these ecosystem services with landowners should an incentive payment scheme be established that requires evaluation of performance against the baseline. Funds for such a program are currently being sought.

To strengthen the ecological evaluation and provide more details on the specific habitat needs of the Honduran Emerald, ASIDE and ABC have been coordinating with the researchers from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH). IUP and UNAH have been working on a parallel project to evaluate the local flora and fauna and to develop protocols for monitoring the Honduran Emerald.

Given the degree of habitat loss, ABC and ASIDE have also established a nursery to supply native trees for reforestation efforts and to serve as an alternative source for fuelwood and fence posts. This nursery will produce at least 2,000 saplings of five native tree species in the first year


American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist — the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

ASIDE, the Asociación de Investigación para el Desarrollo Ecológico y Socioeconómico, is a Honduran not-for-profit organization that works to improve human life through research, development, monitoring and evaluation of ecological and socio-economic projects. They implement environmental protection projects such as reforestation of deforested areas and watersheds and function as co-managers of national protected areas. They also engage in projects providing potable water and housing to low-income families and in improving production (trade, services, industry and agribusiness) through research in urban and rural settings.


TPR News
Saturday, August 22, the 234th day of 2015.
There are 131 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Katy Meyer, DVM - CoHost
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Special Guests:
Kate Smith author of Don't Fart When You Snuggle, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/22/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away her book
Doug Danforth From LINKS-IT will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/22/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his Pet Tag Connetors

 

Oakland, CA, August 18, 2015Oakland Zoo is collaborating with Sonoma State University’s Primate Ethology Research Lab to test smart feeder technology. The goal of the research project is to increase lemur activity and pique the interest of guests observing them. “I’m really excited about this collaboration with Oakland Zoo. Because our smart feeders are battery powered, they do not require keeper presence to work, and promise to enhance the great work with enrichment that Oakland Zoo already engages in. My husband, David Jaffe, a former zookeeper and amateur woodworker, has already built the smart feeder prototype, and it works great! Now we just need funding to build the feeders that will go in the exhibit,” said Dr. Karin Jaffe, professor of anthropology at Sonoma State University and director of the lab.

Eight smart feeder devices have been specially designed and will be built for the research project and funds raised via crowdfunding will finance the endeavor. The estimated cost to build all devices is $2,560. On August 18, 2015, the crowdfund will kick off on Experiment.com, which is a platform for funding scientific research. All projects through Experiment.com are rigorously reviewed by a team of researchers. “When we found the Experiment.com site, I was really excited! Not only can crowdfunding support the building of our lemur smart feeders, but Experiment.com provides everyone, both donors and visitors to the site, with unprecedented information about scientific projects. In the case of our project, people who login to https://experiment.com/lemurs can learn about the basics of the project, see our budget, and read researcher biographies. Plus, we’ll be posting Lab Notes every week during the month-long campaign, on topics ranging from enrichment and lemur behavior to biographies of the student researchers and the lemur keepers. People will really gain insight into why the project is so important to us,” Dr. Jaffe said. “With the cut-backs in funding from local and federal granting agencies, I believe crowdfunding sites like Experiment.com are the future of funding for smaller research projects, like ours, and I’m excited that Oakland Zoo and the SSUPER Lab are on the cutting edge of this new type of funding.” 

Oakland Zoo's focus on maintaining and enhancing the psychological wellbeing of animals means zookeepers are trained to address the issue of reduced animal activity. Currently, zookeepers provide animals with the opportunity to make choices, engage in species-appropriate behaviors, and enhance their welfare through the Zoo’s extensive enrichment program. The new smart feeders will further these goals by allowing enrichment to occur throughout the day, without human intervention, and in habitat locations difficult for zookeepers to access. “I am so excited about these new enrichment devices and can’t wait to see how the lemurs will interact with them,” said Elizabeth Abrams, Lead Keeper at Oakland Zoo. “The lemurs greet their Keepers at the door when they hear us coming, as they recognize the sound of our keys and the sound of doors to their area being opened. It will be interesting to observe how this behavior is altered once the feeding is not dependent on a Keeper being present. Will they regularly check the devices for food? Will random deliveries cause more activity as they check the devices around their exhibit? I look forward to the answers and know that it will be an adventure for the lemurs along with their Keepers and the folks from SSUPER Lab.” “As an intern in the Animal Care Department at Oakland Zoo, I was surrounded by staff dedicated and passionate about the animals in their care,” said Penelope Wilson, SSUPER Lab student and former Oakland Zoo intern. “Their drive and enthusiasm inspired me to help obtain a greater understanding of the animals they care for. By partnering with Oakland Zoo, my research with the SSUPER Lab can help answer important questions about the animals, while assisting to create a more interesting and natural environment for them.”

This experiment is important because in the wild, food is unpredictable, so animals must move constantly in search of it. In zoos, enrichment often aims to increase unpredictability but Keepers are usually involved in providing the enrichment at times based on their daily routine. Because SSUPER Lab’s devices are automated, they will simulate a more natural environment by increasing the unpredictability of when food is available. Researchers are attempting to find an ideal balance between predictable disbursement (which can lead to boredom) and complete randomness (which can lead to stress). “The welfare of animals depends on their ability to cope with environmental, physical, and mental challenges,” said Darren Minier, Zoological Manager and Research Program Chair at Oakland Zoo. “At Oakland Zoo, we take this charge seriously, by being committed to providing the best quality of life for the animals under our care and addressing the animals’ psychological needs with the same degree of thought, process, and goal-making used to address their physical needs. Our overall goal is to ensure the environments animals live in are engaging --allowing them to thrive, and we believe the collaboration with Sonoma State University is a great step in that direction.”

After the installation of the smart feeders, there is an expectation that visitors will show higher interest in the lemurs by staying at the exhibit longer to watch them search for food. Studies have shown that zoo patrons will spend mere seconds at an exhibit if an animal is not visible and only ten to twenty seconds more in front of an exhibit if an animal is active. By engaging the lemurs in their environment, SSUPER Lab and Oakland Zoo hope to better understand the link between animal activities and guest engagement. The crowdfunding campaign will be active from August 18-September 17, 2015, and the research project itself will continue through March 30, 2016. Those more curious about the project may also follow the endeavor on twitter @researchOZlemur. Upon completion of the experiment, Oakland Zoo will have the opportunity to purchase the feeding devices from SSUPER Lab.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.

ABOUT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY’S PRIMATE ETHOLOGY RESEARCH LAB:

The Sonoma State University Primate Ethology Research Lab is run by Dr. Karin Jaffe, professor of anthropology, and strives to involve Sonoma State graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of behavioral research projects at Bay Area zoos and animal preserves. The lab’s mission is to help zoos better understand the behavior of their animals and enhance their welfare while providing affordable and accessible research opportunities for Sonoma State University students.

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MIAMI, FL - (August 18, 2015) -  The Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF Miami) announces the arrival of two Asian small-clawed otter siblings. A nearly sixteen-week-old female was named Kappa and her twin sibling, Kawauso, arrived at the South Florida based zoo and conservation facility this past weekend. "We feel so happy to have these two sibling otters join our family of more than 150 wildlife species," said ZWF Miami Founder Mario Tabraue. "We hope these new pups will be the first of many for us." Asian small-clawed otters are vulnerable to extinction in their native Indonesia, southern China, southern India, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. They are known as the smallest yet the most social otter species in the world.  At ZWF Miami, Kappa and Kawaso will reside in a temperature-controlled glass enclosure featuring lush landscape as well as a waterfall and a watering hole. The playful otters will be available for up close and personal encounters with visitors of the facility for a limited time.
 
Located south of Miami on five breathtaking acres of land, ZWF Miami is home to everything from domestic animals, leopards, big cats, primates, large predatory birds and mammals to dozens of exotic species, most of which are available for interactive encounters with the public. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., ZWF Miami offers visitors tours of its facility by appointment only. For more information or to book a tour at ZWF Miami, visit
 
 
Pictured: 
Kappa and Kawauso, sixteen-day-old Asian small-clawed otter siblings
 
About the Zoological Wildlife Foundation:
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF Miami) is an organization accredited by the Zoological Association of America as a zoo, preservation and conservation facility that is dedicated to educating the public about rare and endangered animal species in captivity and in the wild. Located south of Miami on five breathtaking acres of land, ZWF Miami is home to everything from domestic animals, leopards, big cats primates, large predatory birds and mammals to dozens of exotic species, most of which are available for interactive encounters with the public. ZWF Miami has a sister facility that is a private reserve where confiscated and unwanted exotics reside, the Wildlife Conservation and Education, which breeds endangered species in captivity, helps injured animals and rescues animals from being terminated or from being raised to be hunted.
 

Campaign features new website, short video voiced by actress Selma Blair, and children’s storybook

Washington, D.C., August 17, 2015 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has launched a new educational campaign for children called “What Elephants Like” (www.whatelephantslike.org). The aim is to help parents start an important conversation about the delicate issue of elephant suffering, without using any graphic language or images. The initiative includes an interactive website; a powerful 30 second video voiced by actress Selma Blair; and a children’s storybook, all designed and produced for Born Free USA by Goodby Silverstein & Partners. 

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “The shocking mistreatment of wild animals used for entertainment has gone on far too long. The goal of this initiative is to provide families with attractive, kid-friendly, non-graphic tools that can help promote an age-appropriate, meaningful conversation. Born Free is dedicated to empowering future conservationists by helping them understand at a young age what is happening in wildlife conservation, and learn how they can make a difference. Elephants—and all wild animals—belong in the wild, and no one is too young to understand that.”

The 30 second video features five elephants, with one attempting to stand on a barrel in the wild. The message is that elephants in entertainment have no choice and are forced to do something that is unnatural. 

The storybook, What Elephants Like, by Joel Lugar, produced by Born Free USA, with illustrations by Evan Schultz and Tyler Jensen, is a beautiful children’s book that appropriately entertains and enlightens readers with the message of keeping wildlife in the wild. The book is available at www.whatelephantslike.org as a free e-book, downloadable PDF, and coloring book, and can be purchased ($15.99, softcover, color, 8" x 10", 28 pages) at www.createspace.com/4856106.

The website also offers fun facts about elephants and more information about how people can get involved. 

Roberts adds, “The goal for the book, video, and website is to explain that these are extraordinary animals, and when you see them confined behind bars or forced to do tricks and perform, it is not natural, humane, or acceptable. We want kids to understand that these highly intelligent, sensitive, gentle giants deserve to thrive in the wild.” 

Fun Facts about Elephants

  • There are three species of elephant: African savannah, African forest, and Asian.
  • Elephants live in family groups that combine to form herds.
  • Elephant family groups are matriarchal, which means that one of the older females is the leader.
  • Elephants are very social. They like to hang out with other elephants and communicate in various ways, from loud trumpeting to low rumbling (so low that humans can't even hear it) that other elephants can hear more than two miles away.
  • Elephants use their trunks for a lot of different things, including reaching for food, blowing water onto their backs to cool off, and even as a snorkel for breathing while under water.
  • Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild.
  • Elephants are happier in the wild; they should live free. But, they are at risk of being captured for circuses and zoos, or being killed by poachers for their ivory tusks.
  • They are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants like grass, fruit, bark, and twigs.
  • They use their tusks to dig and find water, clear pathways through the forest, shake fruit out of trees, and make scratches on tree trunks to mark their territory.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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Saturday, August 15, the 227th day of 2015. There are 138 days left in the year.

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Feds' Violation of Environmental Laws Cited

Contact: Robert Johns, 202 888 7472, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bald Eagle, Chris Hill/Shutterstock

Bald Eagle, Chris Hill/Shutterstock

(Washington, D.C., August 12, 2015) The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose has ruled that the Department of the Interior violated federal laws when it created a final regulation allowing wind energy and some other companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The court decision invalidates the rule.

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a plaintiff in the lawsuit, hailed the decision. “We are pleased that the courts agreed with us that improper shortcuts were taken in the development of this rule,” said Dr. Michael Hutchins, Director of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Program. “The court found that important laws meant to protect our nation’s wildlife were not properly followed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, putting Bald and Golden Eagles at greater risk.”

The court wrote: “… substantial questions are raised as to whether the Final 30-Year Rule may have a significant adverse effect on bald and golden eagle populations.”

In particular, the courts cited a lack of compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). "We’re ready to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct the required NEPA analysis and formulate a better system to protect eagles from poorly-sited wind energy projects,” said Hutchins. “We must come up with a better system to assess the potential risks to birds and bats prior to a project’s siting and construction and to track and mitigate project impacts post-construction.”

The previous “eagle take” rule, adopted in 2009, provided for a maximum duration of five years for each permit to kill eagles. A key part of the court’s ruling held that:  “… FWS has failed to show an adequate basis in the record for deciding not to prepare an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) — much less an EA (Environmental Assessment) — prior to increasing the maximum duration for programmatic eagle take permits by sixfold.”

“ … While promoting renewable energy projects may well be a worthy goal,” the ruling continued, “it is no substitute for the [agency’s] obligations to comply with NEPA and to conduct a studied review and response to concerns about the environmental implications of major agency action. … Accordingly, the Court holds that FWS violated NEPA’s procedural requirements and that the Final 30-Year Rule must therefore be set aside and remanded to FWS for further consideration.”

The court cited concerns that had been raised by FWS staff during development of the 30-year eagle rule, stating: “The record [in the case] bolsters the Court’s conclusion, as FWS’s failure to adequately ‘address concerns raised by its own experts’ is cause for the Court to find a NEPA violation.”

ABC filed the lawsuit on June 19, 2014 in federal court against the Department of the Interior, alleging multiple violations of federal law in connection with the December 9, 2013 rulemaking. ABC contended that DOI violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and other statutes.

ABC believes that wind energy and other renewable energy sources can be encouraged without putting Bald and Golden Eagles, and other protected wildlife, at risk. Proper siting of turbines is critical: New ABC-funded research has revealed that more than 30,000 wind turbines have been installed in areas critical to the survival of federally-protected birds in the United States and that more than 50,000 additional turbines are planned for construction in similar areas.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of ABC’s most important partners,” said ABC President George Fenwick. “We collaborate frequently, share many goals, and have enjoyed many successes together. However, FWS is encountering unprecedented financial constraints that lead to shortcuts and poor decisions. We hope that this court decision shines a light on the need for the Service to be fully empowered to do the job it is mandated to do. Our nation’s wildlife – and the agency appointed to protect it – deserve nothing less.”

ABC is represented by the Washington, D.C. public interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

ABC's efforts to establish Bird Smart wind energy in the U.S. are made possible in part by the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation.


American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Lionsgate, StudioCanal, Aardsman Animations and Anton Capital Entertainment present a PG, 85 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed and written by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak with a theater release date of August 5, 2015.

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