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Another whooping crane shot dead in Indiana as species battles extinction – The Advocate

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The recent fatal shooting of an endangered whooping crane in rural Indiana is a sad reminder of the threat gunfire poses to North America’s tallest birds as the rare species recovers from a brush with extinction, wildlife officials say. A 5-year-old female was found shot to death in early January near the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, a wetland-filled state property in…

Technology preserving wildlife migration and protecting drivers in Golden – The Denver Channel

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

GOLDEN, Colo. — The City of Golden is using technology to save Colorado wildlife, and possibly drivers like yourself on the road. Right now the city is using a fence to funnel elk into one crossing spot which is also the path of their natural migration across US 6 near 19th Street. The elk trigger a sensor alerting lights to strobe, warning drivers about their presence. Eliza Wesse drives that…

Are herders and livestock bad for rare wildlife? It’s complicated – Phys.Org

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Argali skull in foreground with a yurt in the background. Credit: Dr. Stefan Ekernas The Denver Zoological Foundation, WCS(Wildlife Conservation Society) and other partners have published a paper appearing in the early view edition of Conservation Biology that looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world’s largest unfenced grassland and desert. The paper illustrates that considering complex relationships…

Are herders and livestock bad for rare wildlife? It’s complicated – Phys.Org

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Argali skull in foreground with a yurt in the background. Credit: Dr. Stefan Ekernas The Denver Zoological Foundation, WCS(Wildlife Conservation Society) and other partners have published a paper appearing in the early view edition of Conservation Biology that looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world’s largest unfenced grassland and desert. The paper illustrates that considering complex relationships…

Are Humans Freaks of Nature? – Air & Space Magazine

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017

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This Bumble Bee was Just Added to the Endangered Species List – Mother Jones

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017

USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab/Flickr Earlier this week, the rusty patched bumblebee became the first bee in the continental United States to be added to the endangered species list. The designation was one of the Obama Administration’s last environmental moves. There’s good reason this bee is now on the list: Its population has plummeted by 87 percent since the 1990s. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the bee…

Bumble Bee Species Declared Endangered in the US for First Time – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017

For the first time in the history of the continental United States, a species of bumble bee that was once a common sight across much of the nation has been declared an endangered species. The rusty patched bumble bee was abundant across 28 states from Connecticut to South Dakota and up into Canada just 20 years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, but is now “balancing precariously on…

Lost British birdsong discovered in New Zealand birds – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

A new study reveals that a type of native birdsong, now lost in Britain, can still be heard in New Zealand where the birds were introduced in the 19th century. By comparing recordings of yellowhammer accents in both countries scientists were able to hear how the birds’ song might have sounded in the UK 150 years ago. The study, published in Ecography, examined yellowhammer accents in the UK and New…

US Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time – NPR

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

The U.S. has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species. Sarina Jepsen/AP hide caption toggle caption Sarina Jepsen/AP The U.S. has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species. Sarina Jepsen/AP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species — the first such designation for a bumblebee and for a bee species in the continental U.S. The protected status, which goes into…

New ‘Skywalker’ Ape Species Will Need Jedi Powers To Survive – NPR

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Adult Female Hoolock Tianxing. Courtesy of Peng-Fei Fan hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Peng-Fei Fan Adult Female Hoolock Tianxing. Courtesy of Peng-Fei Fan There’s a new jungle Jedi out there. Scientists who discovered a new primate, which lives in eastern Myanmar and southwestern China, are such big Star Wars fans, they named the ape after Luke Skywalker. They also chose the name, skywalker hoolock gibbon, because the Chinese characters…

Utah’s Zion National Park has too many visitors, even in the winter off-season – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Although the U.S. marked its national parks centennial in 2016, the end of celebratory free passes hasn’t kept visitors from flooding into Utah’s Zion National Park, some 160 miles from Salt Lake City. Park officials report that while winter is usually the slow season at Zion, the 2016-2017 winter is seeing so many travelers coming to the park that there have been traffic backups on the road leading into…

Hollywood’s leading animal training facility neglected and abused animals, PETA says – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with federal authorities last month alleging a prominent animal training and handling firm mistreated animals housed in its 5-acre facility. A complaint filed with the USDA on Dec. 28 accused Birds & Animals Unlimited of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act at its Acton shelter by allowing “animals to suffer without licensed veterinary evaluation or care,” according to the Hollywood…

Trump nominee backs Paris climate agreement and questions Iran nuclear deal – Nature.com

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Rex Tillerson is the former chief executive of oil giant Exxon Mobil.  Rex Tillerson, US president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, says that the United States should remain remain part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. “It’s important that the US maintain its seat at the table,” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on 11 January. The threat of global…

US Puts First Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The U.S. has designated the rusty patched bumble bee an endangered species. Sarina Jepsen/AP hide caption toggle caption Sarina Jepsen/AP The U.S. has designated the rusty patched bumble bee an endangered species. Sarina Jepsen/AP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumble bee an endangered species — the first such designation for a bumblebee and for a bee species in the continental U.S. The protected status,…

Bumblebees make US endangered-species list for first time – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Enlarge Image Help save the humble bumblebee, now officially listed as an endangered species. Photo by Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The rusty patched bumblebee is finally getting the attention it deserves. It’s the first bumblebee in the United States to be listed as endangered. The bee is one of the pollinators experiencing serious declines across the country, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. “Why is this important?…

Extinction mugshots: ‘See this? This is gone’ – CNN.com – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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New species of gibbon discovered in China | Environment | The … – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon living in south-west China’s rainforests. Although scientists had been studying the primate for some time, new research has revealed it is in fact a different species. It has been named the Skywalker hoolock gibbon by its discoverers, who are Star Wars fans. The name is also a nod to the fact that the Chinese characters of its scientific name, Hoolock tianxing, mean…

Nature’s tradeoffs: brawn v. brains, looks v. loyalty – Phys.org – Phys.Org

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pangolins, porcupines and hedgehogs have needle-sharp quills or armour provide excellent protection against predators Biologists assessing the natural world sometimes sometimes sound like hard-nosed executives weighing the costs and benefits of an investment opportunity. Species, they reason, can’t be endowed with every possible trait. Instead, they get the ones that help them to survive and hand on their genes, even if this comes at a cost. Two studies…

Utah’s Zion National Park has too many visitors, even in the winter off-season – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Although the U.S. marked its national parks centennial in 2016, the end of celebratory free passes hasn’t kept visitors from flooding into Utah’s Zion National Park, some 160 miles from Salt Lake City. Park officials report that while winter is usually the slow season at Zion, the 2016-2017 winter is seeing so many travelers coming to the park that there have been traffic backups on the road leading into…