Happy International Day of Forests! Today, we are celebrating the importance of the world’s forests. The U.S. Forest Service is working to improve tree conservation through international solar power projects. Learn more in the blog below! #IntlForestDay

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Experts have released disappointing figures from the annual counts of Eastern and Western Monarch butterflies. Though the butterflies made a modest recovery last year, this year they resumed their decline and Monarch populations overall have dropped some 80 % since 1997. Habitat loss is a key factor, so help Monarchs and other #pollinators where you live by planting locally appropriate...
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In a crisis, every link in the chain has to be working properly. For example, if there’s a disease outbreak, what good is it to send a team to take a sample if you can’t ship that sample to a lab? Learn how the United States is working through the Global Health Security Agenda to solve these issues and stop outbreaks at their source. [ Goo.gl Link ] #GHSAgenda

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Some populations of sea turtles are on the brink of extinction due to habitat destruction, fisheries bycatch, and wildlife trafficking. In the illegal trade market, turtle eggs are collected, eaten and used for cultural and religious practices and turtle shells are used for souvenirs, handcrafts and jewelry. To protect these marine reptiles, all seven species of marine turtles are currently...
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Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! The U.S. government is committed to combating wildlife trafficking and works closely with a wide range of public and private partners to strengthen enforcement, reduce the demand for illegal wildlife and wildlife products, and expand international cooperation. During the last year, the U.S. government and its partners made progress both at home and abroad to protect...
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Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! African Grey Parrots are on the brink of extinction due to the international pet trade and between 60-90% of parrots captured for trade die from poor handling prior to their being shipped for the international market. This past year at the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna...
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In 2015, the U.S. Government trained more than 2,000 enforcement officials, helping more than 40 countries better protect wildlife. #WorldWildlifeDay
It is estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have died in the line of duty over the past 10 years. #WorldWildlifeDay
The illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products is the fourth largest transnational crime in the world. Governments all over the world are working to combat this devastating trade, but they are not alone. This #WorldWildlifeDay, we are honoring the park rangers and other front line defenders of wildlife who put their lives on the line each day to help curb wildlife trafficking. These...
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Join us tomorrow March 2 at 11 a.m. EST/16:00 UTC for a LIVE, global webchat for #WorldWildlifeDay! Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal market that not only affects the lives of wildlife but also hurts surrounding communities. More than 1,000 rangers or ecoguards have died in the line of duty in the last decade. Listen to their stories and find out how you can help fight...
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Today is #WorldPangolinDay! Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world and many species are now critically endangered. This past year, world leaders strengthened protections for all eight species of pangolins at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna...
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Via Univision, we share the inspiring stories of Aisha from Mexico, Anely from Peru, Camila from Chile, and Jasmin from the United States. The girls participated in a Women in Science (WiSci) camp for girls to learn about the science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Read more and watch videos of the girls’ journeys. #WomenScienceDay

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Did you know that bees around the world behave differently? Most native U.S. bees rarely sting – this Andrenid bee #pollinator might look scary but her stinger is too small and weak to penetrate your skin.

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Six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. This is why the U.S. government and others around the world have adopted a “One Health” approach--recognizing that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. A #OneHealth approach aims to integrate work across multiple domains to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our...
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Today on #WorldWetlandsDay, we are celebrating the importance of wetlands and the critical functions they provide to people. Did you know that wetlands store and filter water, provide breeding and nursery grounds for fisheries, and provide habitat for wildlife?

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Congratulations to the Ontario Government in Canada for its Pollinator Health Action Plan, which is part of its Pollinator Health Strategy! Ontario is a Canadian biodiversity hotspot for wild #pollinators, hosting 420 of the over 850 bee species in Canada. Outcomes will include enhancement of one million acres of #ONpollinators habitat, education and awareness campaigns, collaboration with...
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Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The United Nations World Wildlife Day 2017 will be celebrated on March 3 with the theme “Listen to young voices.” Learn more about the photo contest that the CITES Secretariat has launched for youth around the world to recognize this day. Full details below.
Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – the first U.S. bumble bee to receive ESA protection. This bee pollinates apples, blueberries, cranberries, tomatoes plus other crops and native plants, but populations have declined 87% in the past 20 years. ESA listings mobilize...
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On January 9, scientists from American research and policy institutions met with nine visiting Chinese counterparts at the U.S. Department of State for the Eleventh U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum (YSF). The experts exchanged views on how scientists can work together with the public to address environmental health issues caused by air, water and soil pollution in both countries. The Young...
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