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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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ESA enforcement actions -- by agencies and civilians -- in the news

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In enforcement actions, NOAA’s Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of persons poaching endangered sea turtles in the Territory of Guam and in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands; meanwhile, Maine wildlife officials are investigating the death of a piping plover at Goose Rocks Beach last week.  It continues to sadden me that some people would intentionally kill endangered species.  
Then again, as we were rudely reminded by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Wild Fish Conservancy, sometimes even the "greenest" among us tolerate intentional death of listed species, at least when national security is at stake.  Still, undaunted by our military needs, PEER served legal notice that they would sue the Navy under the federal Endangered Species Act for the threat detonations pose to protected wildlife in the Puget Sound.