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Feds to Do Their Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it can't afford to pay an outside contractor to develop a recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, so it will develop the blueprint for saving the threatened species from extinction on its own.
Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Engineers
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press
A particularly crafty sea lion is befuddling the Army Corps of Engineers, who have come to believe the 1,000-pound mammal is either from hell -- or from Harvard.
U.N. Environmental Conference in Brazil Ends with Few Advances
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press
A U.N.-sponsored environmental conference ended Friday with disappointment for environmentalists who saw the contentious issue over how to compensate indigenous communities for genetic resources shelved until 2010.
Debate over Delisting Yellowstone-Area Grizzlies Splits Scientists
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press
The government's call to remove federal protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park has sparked sharp debate among some of the country's leading bear experts, who are divided over whether the bear population has recovered enough.
Humble Goldfish Make Splash for LA River Project
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
They're only two humble goldfish but their four-week adventure has captured more attention than years of efforts to beautify the trash-strewn concrete channel otherwise known as the Los Angeles River.
Borneo Rainforests a Treasure Trove of Rare Species
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Diyan Jari and Reuben Carder, Reuters
Some conservationists believe Borneo could be the next "Lost World" after the recent discovery of a host of butterflies, birds and frogs in another Indonesian jungle on the island of New Guinea.
Stranded Whales Mystify U.S. Researchers
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters
ests of blood and urine, sampling of stomach contents and checks for damage caused by sonar have all left scientists puzzled by a mass stranding of whales off the North Carolina Coast last year.
Snail Slows Down Pace of New Zealand Coal Mine
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters
In the latest battle between big business and biodiversity, the fate of a unique small, brown snail that lives in a place called Happy Valley on the west coast of New Zealand hangs in the balance.
For Some Fish, Lack of Oxygen in Water Can Mean Way Too Many Males
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
Dead zones -- oxygen-starved patches of ocean -- may be turning normal breeding grounds into the equivalent of male-dominated locker rooms for fish.
California Condors Spotted Nesting in Big Sur
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
For the first time in more than 100 years, California condors were spotted nesting in the northern part of the state, scientists said.