Feds Withdraw Rare Wildflower Proposal
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Debbie Hummel, Reuters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday withdrew its proposal to list as threatened a wildflower that grows only in areas of Utah and Colorado where oil shale and tar sand exploration are being done.

Seychelles Tries to Save Endangered Bird
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife experts in the Seychelles have launched a last ditch attempt to save a rare tropical bird facing possible extinction in the Indian Ocean archipelago, conservationists said on Wednesday.

Survival of Dwindling Stocks Dominate Annual EU Fisheries Meeting Again
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

The annual fight over the right to fish for an ever-decreasing number of Atlantic species in European Union waters opened Tuesday with member governments seeking to give both the industry and the fish a chance at a sustainable future.

Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Alaska Sea Otters
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Bush administration of shirking its duty to protect threatened Alaska sea otters, eschewing environmental safeguards for oil and gas drilling plans.

WWF Says 52 New Species Discovered on Borneo
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Engeler, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo since 2005, including a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly to help it stick to rocks, WWF International said Tuesday.

Study Finds Rare Batfish Invaluable to Great Barrier Reef in Australia
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

When it comes to protecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef, it is hard to beat the batfish. The rare pancake-like white fish with brown stripes is the only one of 27 species studied that successfully removed the forest of algae that can otherwise overwhelm and kill off the reef.

Wounded Birds Return to Sky Via New Jersey Sanctuary
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jonathan Oatis, Reuters

Georgette is a peregrine falcon and La Nina is a barn owl, two of the birds of prey who have found a home at a sanctuary next to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles west of New York City.

Feds to Start Removing Wolf Protections
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Miller, Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday his agency will start removing federal protections from gray wolves in Montana and Idaho by January, regardless of whether Wyoming has submitted an acceptable plan to manage its own wolves by then.

Brazil Probes Dead Fish Washing Ashore
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian environmental authorities were investigating Monday what caused some 15 tons of dead fish to wash up in a major southern river.

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of octopus catches in Madagascar.

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