Wildlife

Biologists, Amateurs Search for Woodpecker
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Biologists and amateurs toting some of the fanciest gear in Congaree National Park are trying to find the rarest of woodpeckers among some of the nation's tallest and oldest trees.

Dalai Lama Offers Lifeline to Indian Tiger
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has thrown a lifeline to India's dwindling tiger population after an emotional appeal to outlaw the trade in animal skins provoked an extraordinary reaction in his homeland.

Termites Knocked Down, But Not Out, in New Orleans
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Russell McCulley, Reuters

An emptied New Orleans is seeing the return of one long-time resident it could do without: the termite.

Officials Try Insect to Save Hawaii Tree
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State officials are hoping to save Hawaii's native wiliwili tree with a bug found in eastern Africa.

Yellowstone Bison Numbers Down Sharply
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

A Yellowstone National Park spokesman has attributed the recent sharp decline in bison numbers there to the hundreds captured and sent to slaughter and to normal winter deaths.

Researchers Work to Save Gooney Birds
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A pack of 10 gooney bird chicks flew into Kauai Friday -- on a chartered plane. Japanese researchers are set to raise the wild birds and thus get a leg up on saving their country's own endangered golden gooney.

Mice Are Key Tool in Quest for New Drugs
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Always a mainstay of scientific research, mice have become a critical tool in the quest for new drugs and medical treatments.

China to Spend Nearly A Billion Dollars to Repel Wetland Rats
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China will target a 7.5 billion yuan ($934 million) fund at repelling an invasion of rats eating their way across fragile wetlands on the Tibetan plateau, the China Daily said on Friday.

Mexican Biologist Discovers New Shark Species
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Mexican marine biologist has discovered a new shark species in the murky depths of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the first new shark find in the wildlife-rich inlet in 34 years.

Scientists Urge Experiments on Barred Owls
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

With the decline of northern spotted owls at a crisis point, a group of scientists is urging the government to consider experiments that include killing some of the barred owls that have invaded spotted owl territory.

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