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.
November 12, 2009 |
Federal officials announced today that they are removing the brown pelican from the endangered species list, capping a century-long recovery that started under President Theodore Roosevelt. The brown pelican is an avian fixture in Southern California and along the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida, where Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island to protect the bird from human slaughter. It is an icon in Louisiana, where it is the state bird and where Interior Department officials assembled today at the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans to proclaim the brown pelican "fully recovered" and no longer in need of federal protection.
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
January 31, 2010 |
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.
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.