Chinese Police Detains Smuggler of Panda Cub Fur
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Chinese police have detained a man trying to sell the fur of a young panda -- seen as a national treasure in the country -- for about $30,000, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Alaskan Fishermen Pull Up Slew of Squid
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

They're pink, slippery and decidedly not cute, especially if you are a pollock fisherman in the Bering Sea pulling up a slew of unusable squid this summer.

Warmer Waters Disrupt Pacific Food Chain
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

The steep decline of one bird species for the second straight year has rekindled scientists' fears that global warming could be undermining the coastal food supply, threatening not just the Farallones but entire marine ecosystems.

Woodpecker Halts Arkansas Irrigation Project
July 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press

A federal judge halted a $320 million irrigation project Thursday for fear it could disturb the habitat of a woodpecker that may or may not be extinct.

Birdwatching Tourism Ready for Take-Off in Eritrea
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Eritrea's diversity of forest, desert, mountain, and beach -- lying between 1,396 miles of Red Sea coastline and mountains thousands of feet high -- provide a rich variety for birdlife, experts say.

Scientists Want Global Body to Conserve Biodiversity
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists warned on Wednesday that the world is on the brink of a major biodiversity crisis and called for the creation of an international body to advise governments on how to protect the planet's ecosystems.

Camera Now Tracks Alaska Brown Bears
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Only a lucky few are allowed each summer to get up close and personal with the McNeil River bears, but now they have a much bigger audience thanks to a remote camera trained on their every move.

Haifa Zoo Uses Bomb-Proof Cages to Secure Carnivores
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Staff at Israel's Haifa zoo have locked the lions and tigers in bomb proof cages to stop them escaping if there is a hit from a Hizbollah missile.

Fire Ants on the Rise in Coastal Virginia
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fire ants are showing up in greater numbers in coastal Virginia, much to the alarm of gardeners and farmers who dare disturb their nests.

Falcons Get Glimpse of New Texas Habitat
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

After living in cardboard U-Haul boxes for two days, 28 endangered North American aplomado falcons got a glimpse of their new home in the rugged West Texas desert Tuesday.

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