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Federal Agency Proposes Pulling Pygmy Owl from Endangered List
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Davenport, Associated Press

A federal agency announced that it will propose the removal of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl in Arizona from the list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's action on Monday follows years of legal battles, including an appellate court decision which the agency cited as the basis for its new proposal.

Researcher Finds Bird Emits Mosquito Repellent
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bird species found in some parts of Western Alaska is believed to emit a natural mosquito repellent with properties similar to DEET, the key ingredient in many commercial repellents.

Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beneath its ice, the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life, says a team of international scientists that just completed a 30-day expedition to the northern ocean. With the aid of a remote-operated underwater vehicle, a photo platform lowered from the vessel, diving suits and 24-hour sunlight, the team collected samples from places never before seen by the human eye.

Israeli Zoo in Gaza Poised to Evacuate Animals
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Saul, Reuters

A zoo in a Jewish settlement in Gaza has answered the call to evacuate ahead of Israel's planned pullout from the occupied territory. Hundreds of snakes, birds and other animals from the 10-acre Katifari zoo in Gush Katif, Gaza's largest settlement bloc, will join the evacuation.

Louisiana Agonizes over the Future of its Majestic Cypress Forests
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Bald cypress, Louisiana's state tree, has never been sacred. If anything, using the great wood has always been the Louisiana way. But that could change if Gov. Kathleen Blanco decides that Louisiana's sinking and disappearing coastline just can't take another culling of its majestic delta forests.

Scientists are Seeing More Dead Birds, Fewer Fish on the Pacific Coast
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

On Beyond Organic: Native Traditions, Food and Culture
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

From tribal salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, to reintroducing traditional tepary beans in the Southwest, Native American communities are pioneering the interconnection between food, heritage and sustainable economies.

Ivory Bill's Doubters Convinced by Tapes
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press

Audio recordings of the ivory-billed woodpecker's distinctive double-rap have convinced doubting researchers that the large bird once thought extinct is still living in an east Arkansas swamp.

Survey Finds Gulf 'Dead Zone' Much Larger
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The dead zone off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas is nearly the size of Connecticut and much larger than federal researchers had predicted earlier this year, according to a new survey.

Loss of Wolves Changes Canadian Ecosystem
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The loss of once-plentiful wolves in a part of Canada's west allowed the elk population to mushroom, pushing out beavers and songbirds and showing the importance of top predators, Canadian researchers said Monday.

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