Declining Songbird Gets Second Chance at Endangered Listing

A distinctive songbird with feather “horns” will get another shot at being listed as endangered after a federal judge ruled Monday the government must explain why it listed the species only as threatened despite finding it could cease to exist in parts of its range within 20 years.

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Feds Plan Huge Expansion of Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands

Outdoor recreation advocates praised a Trump administration proposal Wednesday to expand hunting and fishing on 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries, but conservationists fear it could weaken wildlife protections in some areas.

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Fourth Circuit Urged to Block Pipeline Threatening Bees

The Fourth Circuit was abuzz Thursday morning as environmentalists asked for a second time that a three-judge panel stop a natural gas pipeline from being constructed through the Appalachian Mountains, specifically raising concerns about its impact on an endangered bumblebee species.

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Interior Department Opens Ethics Inquiry Into New Leader

The Inspector General for the Department of the Interior announced Monday that it will investigate newly confirmed Secretary David Bernhardt’s potential conflicts of interests and whether he acted inappropriately by blocking an internal scientific report, which found that a commonly used pesticide harmed a wide range of endangered species.

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