Stories about Bears Ears, sharks, vaquitas, an extinct bat and the Endangered Species Act resonated with our readers this year.

Bears Ears National Monument

What a year. 2017 sometimes felt like a nonstop assault on the environment, but it was our job to get the news out there, good and bad.

That meant bringing you stories about everything from sharks and snails to Bears Ears National Monument and beyond. Here they are, our 10 most-read articles for 2017, as clicked by you, our valued readers:

1. Snails Are Going Extinct: Here’s Why That Matters

2. Florida Anglers Are Targeting Endangered Sharks

3. The Last Vaquitas: “I’ve Seen More Dead Than Alive”

4. The Fungus Killing America’s Bats: “Sometimes You’ll See Piles of Dead Bats”

5. Does Trump Really Have the Authority to Shrink National Monuments?

6. Scientists: The Endangered Species Act Needs You

7. Killer Whales Face Killer Toxins

8. Christmas Island Bat, Last Seen in 2009, Confirmed Extinct

9. The Roots of the Antiquities Act? They’re in Bears Ears

10. Rethinking the Big, Bad Wolf

What were your favorites? Did anything you enjoyed reading not make the list? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for even more great articles — good news and bad — in the New Year to come.

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John R. Platt

is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.

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  • So true. It has been a horrible year with all the attacks on all I advocate for (wolves, wildlife and planet). Very grateful for the work the CBD and the Revelator are doing. As a Native American, as a Pro-Wolfer, as a Woman, Mother and Human I am thankful. Since I started doing advocacy work I think this has been the toughest year yet with the Trump Admin. attacking everything I hold dear. It all just affirms my commitment to work harder for those things. Without all the hard work you have done, it would have been worse. Big thank you from National Wolfwatcher Coalition and I for all you do keeping us informed. Keep on fighting. We’ll be right beside you to spread the word. Happy New Year too all.

    ~Candice Copeland, Marketing Director National Wolfwatcher Coalition