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DENlines Issue #25     
Defenders Electronic Network (DEN)
Friday, October 6, 2000

1.  ENDANGERED SPECIES: U.S. Tops International List
2.  CONGRESS: Landmark Conservation Funding Package Passes
3.  EVERGLADES: Senate Approves Restoration Funding
4.  REFUGES: Celebrate Refuge Awareness Week
5.  WOLVES: New Teacher's Curriculum Available
6.  WILDLIFE CALENDAR: Snowshoe Hares Change Their Coats


1.  ENDANGERED SPECIES: U.S. Tops International List

If action is not taken soon, more than 11,000 species of animals and 
plants worldwide may become extinct - including many animals on the 
U.S. Endangered Species list - reports the World Conservation Union. 
The United States tops the list with the highest number of threatened 
animals and plants - an astonishing total of 998.  Part of the reason 
is habitat loss and commercial fishing, blamed for the addition of 
200 species to the list since 1996.

To learn more about endangered species, click here:  

2.  CONGRESS: Landmark Conservation Funding Package Passes

Threatened and endangered species will benefit from landmark funding 
legislation passed by both the House and the Senate, following agreement 
by Congressional budget negotiators and the White House. The historic 
law sets aside an additional $12 billion for various federal programs 
including ones to fight against urban sprawl and preserve our forests 
and coasts.  This funding, part of the Interior Department's 
appropriations bill, culminates a two-year effort by Defenders of 
Wildlife in concert with other environmental organizations.  
Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife,  said the 
funds "will help protect the last vestiges of open space, wildlife 
habitat and wildlands across our country before they are lost forever."  
Some of the funds may be used for state wildlife grants that would 
assist in saving species such as the California condor and southern 
sea otter.

To learn more about the proposal, click here: 

3.  EVERGLADES: Senate Approves Restoration Funding

The Senate has approved $1.4 billion to begin restoring the Florida 
Everglades.  Years of draining and diverting water from the famous 
"River of Grass" has destroyed much of our nation's largest wetland 
and threatened the last remaining habitat of such species as the 
American crocodile and Florida panther. The funds, if approved, 
would help finance recovery efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers.  However, the House has not acted on the legislation, 
and time is running out.  DEN members are encouraged to send a fax 
to their Congressional representative urging him or her to support 
the Everglades' funding bill now.  

To learn more about the Everglades restoration agreement, 
click here:  http://www.defenders.org/releases/pr2000/pr092500.html

To take action, click here: http://www.denaction.org

4.  REFUGES: Celebrate Refuge Awareness Week

Did you know there are more than 520 National Wildlife Refuges in 
the United States?  Back in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt 
designated Pelican Island in Florida as the country's first wildlife 
refuge.  Since then, our nation's refuge system has been a haven for 
wildlife and pristine, open spaces.  It also provides important stopovers

for millions of migrating birds including trumpeter swans. From 
October 8 to 14, celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Awareness Week 
by visiting a refuge and exploring what it has to offer.

To learn more about the history of the refuge system, click here:  

5.  WOLVES: New Teacher's Curriculum Available

Defenders of Wildlife has released its newest Wolf Discovery Curriculum 
for middle school teachers to use in their classroom activities.  
This free and versatile collection of lesson plans features photos 
and in-depth activities so students can learn about wolves and their 
role in the natural world. Teachers also will be able to incorporate 
wolves into a number of subject areas such as writing, reading and 
math.  Teachers - and students - are encouraged to explore the Wolf 
Discovery Curriculum, particularly during National Wolf Awareness 
Week from October 15 to 21.

To learn more about the curriculum, click here:  

6.  WILDLIFE CALENDAR: Snowshoe Hares Change their Coats

In early autumn, the snowshoe hare sheds its greyish-brown summer 
coat for a new white one that is essential for its survival in the 
months ahead. Not only is the hare's winter coat longer and warmer, 
it is also blends into the wintry landscape of the Arctic tundra. 
The snowshoe hare's ability to sit perfectly motionless in the snow 
keeps it safe from predators like arctic foxes, snowy owls and 
wolves. The hare's  range runs from Newfoundland, Canada, to the 
western shores of Alaska. 


Are you a political junkie? Do you find yourself watching C-SPAN 
late at night? If so, check out the new DEN Capitol Hill Report, an 
update on the latest legislative information on wildlife and 
conservation issues in Congress. 

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DENlines is a biweekly publication of Defenders of Wildlife, a 
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nation's most progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat.
Known for its effective leadership on saving endangered species such 
as brown bears and gray wolves, Defenders advocates new approaches 
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