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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.

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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.

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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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Extinction rider averted, for now.

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While Congress may still bring on financial Armageddon, at least our legislators thought better of passing the "extinction rider."  Instead of ending the funding for the entire Endangered Species Act listing program (see prior ESA blawg), the New York Times today explained that Congress is now considering a piecemeal approach that defunds listings for the dunes sagebrush lizard or lesser prairie  chicken, and that defunds recovery efforts bighorn sheep and Mexican wolves in the Southwest.

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Meanwhile, thanks to the many readers who send me case materials during June and July 2011 to help me stay abreast of the ESA happenings.