The ESA needs more than double its current funding

The goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are to prevent extinction and recover species, but these goals can only be met if the law is fully funded. Unfortunately, Congress has appropriated only a small portion of what scientists say is needed …

Section 7 Explorer

A Shiny app to explore section 7 consultation data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the period 2008-2018. All data are from the Service's TAILS database, checked for basic errors, and duplicates removed before adding to the app.

Data contradict common perceptions about a controversial provision of the US Endangered Species Act

Separating myth and reality is essential for evaluating the effectiveness of laws. Section 7 of the US Endangered Species Act (Act) directs federal agencies to help conserve threatened and endangered species, including by consulting with the US Fish …

Endangered Species Act Funding

An analysis of the funding needed for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to properly implement the US Endangered Species Act.

Same law, different results: comparative analysis of Endangered Species Act consultations by two federal agencies

Evaluating how wildlife conservation laws are implemented is critical to determining how best to protect biodiversity. Two agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (FWS and NMFS; Services collectively), are …

Free aerial imagery as a resource to monitor compliance with the Endangered Species Act

Compliance monitoring is an integral part of law and policy implementation. A lack of compliance monitoring for the Endangered Species Act (ESA), driven in part by resource limitations, may be undercutting efforts to recover threatened and endangered …

The Importance of Properly Funding the ESA

A brief overview of Congressional appropriations and agency expenditures on the Endangered Species Act.

ESA Section 7 Incidental Take (FWS)

An analysis of incidental take data authorized and recorded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in their TAILS database.

Monitoring Habitat Loss for Endangered Species Using Satellite Data

Implementing automated habitat change detection over the range of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.

A simple, sufficient, and consistent method to score the status of threats and demography of imperiled species

Managers of large, complex wildlife conservation programs need information on the conservation status of each of many species to help strategically allocate limited resources. Oversimplifying status data, however, runs the risk of missing information …