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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 in the news: more litigation

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Expressing outrage with abuses by the Bush Administration, a Las Vegas Sun editorial praised California's decision to sue the Federal government over the proposed Endangered Species Act regulations, and the Center for Biological Diversity announced another expected lawsuit brought by a coalition of environmental groups to challenge the Bureau of Land Management for failing to consider the effects that a commercial oil-shale industry in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming will have on endangered and threatened species. Portland's News Channel 8 offered a fairly lengthy (for TV) discussion of the hopes in Oregon that the Obama adminstration will prove greener-minded.  Covering a local interest angle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently discussed the future of the Mexican gray wolf and the American burying beetle.

The American burying beetles are the largest of the carrion beetles -- up to one-and-a-half inches long.  Named for its practice of burying its food, the beetle uses special chemical receptors in its antennae to detect dead meat. These receptors are so sensitive that they pick up the carcass' signal from a long distance and usually within an hour after the animal's demise. Caption information from the St. Louis Zoo's Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation, photo from FWS published by