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March 31, 2002
Re "Shooting Fish in a Barrel," editorial, March 26: Endangered species studies must consider local economic interest. We cannot destroy our society just to save everything that wiggles. Denying the economic impact is like taking the medicine that will cure the disease but kills the patient. Allen C. Hagelberg Upland
April 26, 2014 | David Colker
Mark Shand - brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - was a modern version of the eccentric, slightly bumbling British adventurer. And he came by it honestly. He once walked and canoed across Indonesia for 12 days to get to a place where he could phone his mother. "And after all this enormous trouble," Shand told the Evening Standard in London in 2010, "I got through to the home number and said, 'Hi, Ma, it's me,' and she said, 'I can't talk to you now, I'm watching "Coronation Street.
September 8, 2001
Re "Once Vibrant Beach Colony a Ghost Town," Aug. 30: The LAX/El Segundo sand dunes are not just a "butterfly preserve"; there are 11 endangered species there. (Only one needed to be declared--the El Segundo blue butterfly, since the land was thereby saved.) All told, scientists have documented more than 1,000 species of plants and animals on the site, many of them fascinating and unusual. It will take years for the restoration effort to remove the European weed-grasses that make the dunes appear brown in the summer, but once it's done, the El Segundo sand dunes will be known as they once were--the most beautiful flowering area in all of Los Angeles.
April 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion. Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and water pumps. The $19-million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the last in a series of major projects built under Phase 1 of the 47-year-old facility's master plan.
April 29, 2002
I was glad to see that Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) helped to introduce the bipartisan Endangered Species Recovery Act on April 24. This legislation would help return a species to its natural population and habitat, not just keep it on the endangered species list in perpetuity. The bill would provide for good scientific analysis and creation of recovery plans for species so that their populations would start to grow. The bill would also benefit landowners who commit to conservation by providing them with incentives.
April 2, 2000
How nice that the Hederers were able to "warm up" their Brentwood home ("From Bauhaus to Wow Haus," by Barbara Thornburg, SoCal Style, March 12). Unfortunately, their use of redwood and mahogany to achieve that effect was environmentally irresponsible. It is time for clients, decorators and architects to stop using endangered wood products, which may indeed warm up homes but also contribute to warming the planet. Dr. Harry Drasin Pacific Palisades
June 9, 1989
A rare peregrine falcon was shot to death in Sebastopol by a racing pigeon fancier who thought the powerful bird killed one of his collection, officials said. "I think he felt real bad," Capt. Mike Wade of the state Fish and Game Department said of Martin MacDonell, 32. Wade said he will ask the district attorney to charge MacDonell with killing a bird belonging to an endangered species. The peregrine falcon nearly became extinct in the United States in the 1960s and '70s when ingested residue of the now-banned insecticide DDT caused the bird to lay eggs with shells so thin that few produced chicks.
March 9, 2003
You have chosen to characterize the Delhi sand dunes in Colton and Rialto as interesting only to a few nerdy entomologists ("A Simple Case of Insecticide," by Matthew Heller, Feb. 16). From 1995 to 2000, our organization involved more than 100 volunteers--students, businesspeople, aerospace workers, housewives and local residents--to restore these wonderful dunes. It's only recently that the land was trashed and subjected to industrial sprawl and overdevelopment. The endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly, which is helping save a little bit of this land, is much more reminiscent of a hummingbird.
January 31, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is one of the most endangered Democrats on the political landscape this year. The two-term Arkansas moderate is getting only 38% or 39% against any of her little-known Republican opponents, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Politico is putting her "at the top of the list of vulnerable Democrats." And providing President Obama with his 60th vote for healthcare reform in the Senate isn't helping in a state where public opinion is running strongly against it. To stretch a metaphor, she's more endangered than that infamous snail darter that delayed Tennessee's Tellico Dam. Now, the League of Conservation Voters is going after Lincoln for her opposition to a climate change bill.
April 16, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed a decision on whether to afford gray wolves protection under the state's Endangered Species Act. Acknowledging the passion the issue generates, the commission voted unanimously to extend public comment on the matter for 90 days and will take up the issue at the next meeting in June. The decision is in response to the arrive of a young male wolf known as OR-7 who began to range between Oregon and northern California in late 2011.
April 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal wildlife officials on Friday said Devil's Hole pupfish have laid eggs in captivity for the first time, a biological breakthrough that could save the nearly extinct species. "We're thrilled - we've passed a major milestone," said Olin Feuerbacher, an aquaculturist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility in Amargosa Valley, Nev., which is home to all 29 of the federally endangered Devil's Hole pupfish now in captivity. "We now have a good chance of establishing a captive lifeboat population.
April 3, 2014 | Martin Tsai
Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago. The film highlights the few species taking refuge in the Ranomafana National Park and the preservation efforts shepherded by Patricia C. Wright, anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
April 3, 2014 | Susan King
Who knew lemurs were zen masters? The primates, whose ancestors came to Madagascar some 60 million years ago, love to play. They also enjoy a good siesta on a handy branch, and when they are happy, they emit a cute little noise akin to a piglet's snort. They also take press junkets in stride. Last week at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Felix, a 10-year-old ring-tailed lemur, and Taj, a 7-year-old brown lemur, were chilling with their handlers, demonstrating a "don't worry, be happy" attitude as cameras flashed all around.
April 3, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was well known for many years that Japan's "scientific whaling" program was a sham, designed to get around the international moratorium on hunting whales. Almost no research on the animals came from Japanese scientists; instead, whale meat kept showing up in restaurants and school lunches. Finally, Australia, a whaling country until 1978 and now an avid opponent, called Japan's bluff over the hundreds of whales it killed each year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary surrounding Antarctica.
March 31, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. A half-cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years, should appear on the November ballot, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
March 28, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal authorities announced Friday that the geographically isolated Alexander Archipelago wolf of southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest may need protection under the Endangered Species Act to survive the impact of logging, hunting and trapping in its old-growth habitat. Populations of the rare subspecies of gray wolf are in steep decline in portions of the heavily logged region, where they den in the root systems of western hemlock and Sitka spruce and hunt black-tailed deer, which also rely on the ancient trees to shield them from harsh winters.
March 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A 20-year struggle by conservationists to secure maximum protection for the arroyo toad appears to be far from over, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced that the stout-bodied, short-legged amphibian is ready to hop off the endangered species list. The agency proposed downlisting the toad from endangered to threatened after determining that conservation efforts had improved habitat and reduced threats over the last two decades in areas including the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.
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