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ESAblawg is an educational effort by Keith W. Rizzardi. Correspondence with this site does not create a lawyer-client relationship. Photos or links may be copyrighted (but used with permission, or as fair use). ESA blawg is published with a Creative Commons License.

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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


Follow the truth.

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.


Thanks, Kevin.

KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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No Dodo! Welcome to ESA blawg.

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Dear ESAblawg visitor:

This site is not for dodo brains (although the non-lawyers might take issue with that claim.)  Instead, this site is dedicated to honest and thought-provoking discussion of the Endangered Species Act.  On the one hand, the ESA is a necessary and important law, committed to the preservation of endangered and threatened species.  See right side column: Reasons for the ESA. On the other hand, the history of ESA implementation reveals numerous and significant flaws.  See right side column: Reasons for ESA Reform.  

With the launch of this page (long-delayed by technical difficulties and a family-relocation!) visitors can keep track of the latest developments in ESA caselaw, Federal Register notices, and emerging news.  Of course, all of you who are experts (or not) in the ESA will have your own opinions and perspectives.  You are invited to share your (informed) opinions, and each blawg entry on this site includes opportunities for comments.  Also, if you have suggestions for page content or discussion topics, especially useful links and downloads, or noteworthy unpublished judicial decisions, please send an email to  

Just remember, no dodo's.  Thanks for joining the dialogue.


Keith W. Rizzardi

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Although I started adding regular content to this site in September 2007, the public launch of ESAblawg took place in January 2008.

P.S.  So you think that the Dodo bird was just a dumb flightless bird that proves Darwin's theory of evolution?  Guess again.  The dodo, like so many other species, is just another example of humankind impacting species, and eventually, causing its demise.  Maybe it's not evolution.  Maybe it's us.  Click here for the National Geographic story on the dodo.


Image remixed.  Original from Popular Natural History, J.G. Wood, 1885