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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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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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January's #ESAlawyer content re: Endangered Species Act

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TWEETS FROM #ESAlawyer (Jan. 2012)

Case law:

20 Jan. Complex Casitas case involves ESA, public trust & Cal. H2o law. Fish don't really need water, do they?

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

21 Jan. FWS lists 3 pythons, 1 anaconda as invasive species. Maybe they'll stop eating the endangered Key Largo woodrats now?

21 Jan. "Endangered everything" not an option, so FWS offers National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

20 Jan. FWS reopens comment on 1.9 acres of critical habitat for endangered Chupadera Springsnail in Socorro County, New Mexico

19 Jan. it's official! FWS announces establishment of Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.

19 Jan. FWS: Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Waterbirds

17 Jan. Lesson in predation: exotic pythons eat endangered wood rats. Will new "injurious species" announcement help?

17 Jan. Citing peer review opinion divide, FWS seeks comment re: proposed Mississippi gopher frog critical habitat 77 FR 2254

15 Jan. Due to taxonomy changes, FWS seeks comment re: Pac.Coast population of western snowy plover crit.habitat 77 FR 2243

13 Jan. Shiloh IV Wind Project proposes Habitat Conservation Plan for Cal. tiger salamander: 77 FR 1498 &

13 Jan. FWS may list humbolt marten (a West coast weasel) due to timber&fire, disease, habitat mngt & at-risk small populations

12 Jan. San Diego County Water Authority signs multiple species conservation plan to ease ESA permitting for 63 covered species

NOAA Fisheries

13 Jan. Species vs. National Security: NOAA on taking marine mammals incidental to U.S. Navy sonar operations 77 FR 842 see

12 Jan. NOAA: are beluga whale populations crashing? Is Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule working?

12 Jan. NOAA announces recovery plan for Cal. Steelhead DPS Final plan online soon, draft plan at

11 Jan. NOAA says no to delisting So.Ore./No.Cal. Evolutionarily Signif. Unit of coho salmon b/s insufficiently specific data

Musings & More

19 Jan. Extirpation, maybe even mass extinction; fungus killed up to 6.7M bats, reports USA Today

15 Jan. Not just a joke: Will NOAA join FWS? Capitol hill unsure. NRDC opposed.

14 Jan. Relentlessly unsatisfied critics give Obama C- on animal welfare. Maybe they'd prefer Ron Paul?

14 Jan. Western states petition for ESA reform could succeed with this House of Representatives

14 Jan. International aspects of ESA: monkey meat and elephant ivory

14 Jan. Hi readers. My career & remain in transition. Tweet renamed: @ESAlawyer Visit at St.Thomas Univ.