I've been quiet this week, but here are a handful of links to chew on in the meantime.
FishOutofWater at Daily Kos writes about a record minimum for Arctic sea ice.
A new study in Science suggests the endangered black-footed ferret population, supported by a captive breeding program, is making progress.
The El Segundo blue butterfly, on the endangered species list since 1976, is making a comeback too.
Biodiversity alert: a 386-square-mile tract of forest in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, long-inaccessible to biologists because of regional violence, is found to contain a number of previously-undescribed species as well as a very high level of animal and plant diversity. "The Wildlife Conservation Society notes that chiefs and elders at local villages are supportive of transforming the region into a protected park."
BP proposes coal-bed methane exploration in the Canadian portion of the Flathead River basin, near Glacier National Park. Montana politicians and scientists are alarmed.