- Wetlands that provided vital habitat for dozens of bird species, including migrating Dalmatian pelicans, were covered in 6.5 feet of crushed rock, according to a report in Agency France Presse. The birds have not taken to the "Ornithological Park" created to replace the marshlands.
- The group Environmental Watch of the North Caucasus (EWNC) has accused Olympics organizers of illegally dumping construction waste, blocking wildlife migration routes, and destroying parts of Sochi National Park, reports TIME.
- Russian authorities have responded to EWNC's watchdogging for the past two years by harassing its members. Activist Yevgeny Vitishko recently got a two-week jail sentence for swearing in public, just enough to keep him out of the way for the duration of the games, reports The Australian.
- Vitishko has told Vice.com that Russian conservation laws were changed in 2006, 2011, and 2013 to weaken environmental protections and facilitate Olympics-related construction. He faces other charges related to his environmental activism that could result in a three-year stint in a labor camp, if he's convicted.
- Another EWNC member, Igor Karchenko, was jailed as well this week, after he found his car smashed outside his home in Krasnodar, reports CBS News. Charged with "resisting police orders," he has been given a five-day sentence.