Wildlife

Cape Verde: Tourism or Turtles?
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Olivier van Bogaert, WWF International

Every year, from late May to September, more than 3,000 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) come ashore on Cape Verde’s beaches, particularly at Ervatao beach, the third most important loggerhead nesting site in the world.

Flamingo Deaths Spark Bird Flu Probe in Bahamas
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - John Marquis, Reuters

Health experts were dispatched Tuesday to the southern Bahamas island of Inagua to find out if an unexplained spate of bird deaths was linked to a deadly bird flu virus that is spreading around the globe.

Professor Finishes Maine Bay Seaweed Study
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of New Hampshire plant biology professor has documented an abundance of invasive species of seaweed in Maine's Casco Bay that appear to be changing the ecosystem.

U.S. Biologists Bet N.D. Pelicans Return
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Federal biologists who were baffled by pelican die-offs and departures at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge the past two years are betting the big birds will be back in about a month.

Scientists Studying Decline of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

In the 1970s, there used to be about 1,300 beluga whales in Cook Inlet, delighting locals and tourists alike. Last year, the number was estimated at just 278.

Bird-Loving Indonesians Worried about Mass Culling
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Tomi Soetjipto, Reuters

Perched inside a lavishly decorated cage, a palm-sized Indonesian songbird looks unsuspectingly at its owner, who is worried he may have to kill his six-month-old zebra dove.

Scores of Fish Beach Themselves in N.C.
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and local wildlife experts are trying to figure out what led more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish to beach themselves at the Marine Corps' New River air base -- and then swim away.

Scientists Study Sound, Marine Creatures
February 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other plaintiffs alleged in a federal lawsuit last fall that the Navy's mid-frequency sonar used for detecting enemy submarines disturbs and sometimes kills whales and dolphins.

EU Ready for More Bird Flu from Africa Migration
February 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Smith, Reuters

Europe is preparing for more cases of the lethal strain of bird flu as the spring migration season approaches and new species, possibly already infected, arrive from Africa, the EU's health chief said on Thursday.

Greenland Starts Quota to Save Polar Bears
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming.

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