The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

The Only Good Wolf is a Live Wolf

October 12th-18th is Wolf Awareness Week. During wolf week in 2013, I wrote about conservation efforts to preserve red wolves (Canis rufus). It has been a bad year for red … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Legacy and Future of the Endangered Species Act

Disclaimer:  Like any good legislation, The Endangered Species Act is a dynamic law with the intended beneficiaries constantly changing.  The data for this blog was obtained directly from the U. … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act: Higgins Eye Pearlymussel

Scientific Name:  Lampsilis higginsii Year Listed on the Endangered Species List:  1976 Endangered Species Listing Status:  Endangered  Conservation Efforts and Partners:    In the early 1980s, biologists from the U.S. Fish … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act: Eastern Indigo Snake

Scientific Name:   Drymarchon corais couperi Year Listed on the Endangered Species List:  1978 Endangered Species Listing Status:  Threatened Conservation Efforts and Partners:   In one example, partnerships were formed with Auburn University, Zoo Atlanta, … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act: American Burying Beetle

Scientific Name:   Nicrophorus americanus Year Listed on the Endangered Species List:  1989 Endangered Species Listing Status:  Endangered Conservation Efforts and Partners: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began capturing American … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act: Piping Plover

Scientific Name:   (Charadrius melodus) Year Listed on the Endangered Species List:  1985 Endangered Species Listing Status:   Endangered in the Great Lakes watershed. Threatened everywhere else. Conservation Efforts and Partners:  In … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is the Endangered Species Act?

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973. On December 28th of that year, President Richard Nixon signed … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · Leave a comment