Conservation

Urge Congress to Vote for Passage of the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019”

The "Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R.3742) was introduced in this 116th Congress last summer. A major provision of this legislation is the provision to distribute funds to states to support nongame wildlife programs including fish, birds, and other wildlife. This act will support increased and dedicated funding for Pennsylvania bird conservation. There are 90 bird [...]

2019-12-10T10:01:59-05:00December 10th, 2019|

The Delaware River Basin Needs Your Help!

We have a short time to act before Congress signs off on the fiscal year 2020 budget! Congress will vote by December 20 on the Interior Appropriations bill, which contains funding for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program is a non-regulatory program that will provide funding and technical assistance [...]

2019-12-10T09:56:21-05:00December 10th, 2019|

WVWA Joins Forces with Others to Protect the Chimney Swift Habitat

From the Weaver's Way Coop Shuttle Online By Margaret Rohde, Conservation Manager, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Since 2016, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) has been working to create and protect habitat for chimney swifts, a bird species in severe decline. We’ve created habitat in the form of artificial chimneys or “towers,” the first built [...]

2019-10-21T10:22:20-04:00October 21st, 2019|

Support the Forage Fish Conservation Act

Today, there are three hundred million fewer seabirds in the world than there were in 1950, a population decline of seventy percent. These magnificent birds such as Atlantic Puffins, Least Terns, and Bald Eagles rely on fish as their primary food source, but they often can’t find enough to eat. Forage fish are small, schooling [...]

2019-10-04T16:37:12-04:00October 4th, 2019|

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The dire results in recent reports of scientific studies tell us that birds and wildlife have been in dramatic and precipitous decline. This is the result of several critical factors that include catastrophic loss of habitat exacerbated by the effects of climate change. We have learned that America's wildlife is in crisis—and today, more than [...]

2019-10-04T16:02:15-04:00October 4th, 2019|

River Herring and Shad Update and Cap Review

Please attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) Hearings in Philadelphia on August 14, 2019 “River Herring and Shad Update and Cap Review” from 2:30-4:00 pm The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is reviewing current protections for river herring and shad and considering doubling the cap on the number of [...]

2019-08-08T09:26:05-04:00July 29th, 2019|

Natural Selections: Judy Stepanskie, The Falcon Godmother

Reposted from Montgomery News - article by Mike Weilbacher On St. Patrick’s Day afternoon, while scores of revelers wearing green top hats and shamrocks were passing by, Judy Stepenaskie and I were in front of St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk, the church famous for, among other things, its large stone steeple being the [...]

2019-03-22T10:21:18-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

Strong Enforcement of the MBTA Urged

The following letter, signed by former U.S. Department of Interior Officials, urges strong enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): The Honorable Ryan Zinke January 10, 2018 Secretary of the Interior 1849 C St., NW Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Zinke: We are all conservation professionals who have formerly served the Department of the Interior, [...]

2018-04-03T15:47:19-04:00January 16th, 2018|

The White House Turns Its Back On America’s Birds

Originally published on the website of National Audubon WASHINGTON—“Christmas came early for bird killers. By acting to end industries’ responsibility to avoid millions of gruesome bird deaths per year, the White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy,” said David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, in response to the Trump Administration's [...]

2018-04-03T15:47:19-04:00January 8th, 2018|

News on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Photo by Victor Benard Congress has passed a tax package that includes a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. As dispiriting as this, you should know that our fight isn’t yet over. A number of regulatory, scientific, political, and infrastructure-related hurdles must still be cleared before [...]

2018-04-03T15:47:19-04:00January 8th, 2018|