Archive for March, 2011

Yamhill County takes steps to protect threatened butterfly

Published on March 14, 2011

By: Steve Law, The Portland Tribune

Yamhill County has defused a potential legal showdown with environmental groups over the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly.

County selects firm for conservation plan

Published on March 13, 2011

By: Hannah Hoffman, Yamhill Valley News Register

Responding to a legal threat from a coalition headed by the Xerces Society, Yamhill County has chosen the international environmental consulting firm Cardno Entrix to create a habitat conservation plan to protect the Fender’s blue butterfly and Kincaid’s lupine on county lands.

Conservation’s elephant in the room

Published on March 10, 2011

By: Rachel Nuwer, Science Line

Plant people refer to it as “bird envy,” insect researchers call it the “entomological lament.” Whatever the name, scientists studying species like clams and centipedes are well aware of the disparity in interest between their work and that of their tiger or panda colleagues. Try a Google news search of “endangered species”: polar bears, wolves and sea lions crowd the top headlines. Though these so-called charismatic megafauna dominate the media scene, their place in the spotlight obscures those of other species — and maybe even the point of conservation.