No Dodo! Welcome to ESA blawg.
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if you have suggestions for page content or discussion topics, especially useful links and downloads, or noteworthy unpublished judicial decisions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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