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Study Indicates Mormon Crickets Invade to Survive
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The threat of being eaten could drive the march of Mormon crickets as they munch their way across millions of acres in the arid West, new research suggests.

Norway Slams Whaling Critics, Says Stocks Robust
April 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Norway hit back on Sunday at 12 nations led by Britain for urging an end to whale hunts, saying a plan to raise catches to the highest in two decades in 2006 would not damage stocks of the giant mammals.

Deadly Bird Flu Strain Could Be Hard to Spot in Migratory Birds
April 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Ducks have a flu season just like people do -- and they are unlikely to be sick in the spring. So authorities must keep their guard up even if the government's mass testing of migrating birds, beginning now in Alaska, does not spot the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain right away.

Anti-Whaling Group Accuses Japan of Buying Caribbean Votes to Roll Back Hunting Ban
April 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Adam Raney, Associated Press

An anti-whaling group accused Japan on Thursday of trying to buy votes from Caribbean countries in its bid to roll back an International Whaling Commission ban on whale hunting -- an allegation repeatedly denied by Japanese officials.

Falcon Smugglers Swoop to Profits, Endanger Birds
April 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Smuggling is driving many species of falcon towards extinction in an illicit market where prized birds can sell for a million dollars each, an expert said on Thursday.

California Biologists Find Finches Ailing
April 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bacterialike disease that can cause blindness in birds has been detected for the first time in wild finches in California, the state Department of Fish and Game said.

Most Portugal Wildlife under Threat, Study Says
April 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than half of Portugal's bird, animal and fish species face some degree of threat, mostly from human action, according to a government study released on Wednesday.

Endangered Sei Whale Ends Up in Baltimore
April 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists were conducting a necropsy Tuesday on a 35-foot, 17,000-pound sei whale that apparently became attached to a container ship and was dragged into Baltimore's harbor.

New Zealand Part of Diplomatic Bid to Stop Japan Controlling Whaling Body
April 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealand has joined Britain and Australia in a diplomatic bid to prevent Japan taking control of the International Whaling Commission, Prime Minister Helen Clark said Tuesday.

Rabbit Restoration Effort Under Way
April 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The numbers of New England cottontail rabbits are on the decline in Maine, with only 300 of the animals remaining in a small range in the southern end of the state.

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