Monitoring

A Monitoring Policy Framework for the United States Endangered Species Act

Biodiversity is deteriorating at a global level as human actions like development, overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and other factors have led to a dramatic increase in the rate of extinction. The U.S. Endangered Species Act is considered …

EarthEnticate

EarthEnticate is a mobile friendly web app that lets users look for habitat loss within the range of their favorite endangered species, while simultaneously helping Defenders improve machine learning algorithms that automatically detect habitat loss. …

Habitat Patrol

Laws and regulations that protect imperiled species and their habitats are often limited by inadequate monitoring and enforcement. We developed Habitat Patrol to help address this critical need. Habitat Patrol is a free, public web application that …

Impacts to Wildlife Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: March 2020 Waivers

The Trump Administration has continued to advance work on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally announced waivers for new sections of wall along the southern borders of …

A Monitoring Policy Framework for the United States Endangered Species Act

Biodiversity is deteriorating at a global level as human actions like development, overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and other factors have led to a dramatic increase in the rate of extinction. The U.S. Endangered Species Act is considered …

Recovery units under the Endangered Species Act could be used more widely

Recovering species is one of the main goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the face of limited budgets, diverse tools are needed to find efficient solutions. Recovery units may be one such tool -designated portions of a species range that …

ESA Listed Species Found in a Single State

Proposals have been put forward to remove U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from species found in only one state (intrastate species). Most ESA-listed species have limited ranges, which means most occur in a single state. Explore how many …

Timeliness of Five Year Reviews under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Endangered Species Act requires a review of the status of listed species once every five years. Because of budget and personnel constraints, these five-year reviews are often behind schedule. This is a simple tool to view the timeliness of …

Agency plans are inadequate to conserve US endangered species under climate change

Despite widespread evidence of climate change as a threat to biodiversity, it is unclear whether government policies and agencies are adequately addressing this threat to species (1-4). We evaluate species sensitivity, a component of climate change …

Computer Vision for Renewable Energy

Defenders of Wildlife supports the development of renewable energy sources and works to ensure that this development is done in a manner that does not negatively impact wildlife. We used artificial intelligence technology and satellite data to help …