The SPAWN team collected more than 10 pounds of grass seed as well as seeds from about 50 different species of plants from diverse habitats throughout the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Seeds are only collected by volunteers and staff from areas where we have permits, and the seeds are used for local habitat restoration projects.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) are the smallest and most vulnerable species of sea turtle in the world. They weigh only 100 pounds at most in adulthood and get up to 2 feet long. Kemp’s ridleys have a limited habitat, nesting in just two countries in the Gulf of Mexico. This means that the Kemp’s ridley is particularly vulnerable to localized threats like commercial fishing, egg harvesting, and oil spills.
Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day. “Critically endangered” Pacific leatherback sea turtles face danger off our coast from California drift gillnets.
State and national bag law advocates convened this week to defend bag ordinances in the wake of embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Texas’ first local law against bag pollution in Brownsville. A range of organizations plan to assist as this issue lands in the lap of the Texas Supreme Court with the City of Laredo appealing a recent decision striking down that city’s bag law.
A newly proposed rule would put in in place limits on the number of fin, humpback, sperm whales, leatherback, loggerhead, olive ridley, green sea turtles, short-fin pilot whales, and bottlenose dolphins that the California driftnet fishery for swordfish can catch.
Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) get their name from their enormous heads. Their bodies are similarly large, earning them the title of the largest hard-shelled sea turtle. This red-brown species typically grows up to 3.5 feet long and can weigh from 400 pounds to as much as 1,000 pounds.
In the face of staggering declines, Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for Pacific bluefin tuna, the National Marine Fisheries Service said today. The announcement, in response to a petition from conservation groups earlier this year, means the agency will now conduct an in-depth status review of the species. Under pressure from overfishing, bluefin tuna populations have reached dangerously low levels, declining more than 97 percent since fishing began.