Wildlife

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.

Rocker McCartney Takes to Ice to Save Canada Seals
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Darrow, Reuters

Former Beatle Paul McCartney lay down on an ice floe next to a baby seal Thursday and pleaded with Canada to scrap an annual hunt that kills around 300,000 of the young animals.

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.

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