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.

Study Says Cruise Ships Distress Harbor Seals
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

When large cruise ships get too close to harbor seals, the animals become distressed, according to a new federal study. One concern is that if seals are routinely disturbed, it will drain their energy reserves, possibly resulting in lower reproduction or reduced survival.

EU Calls for Global Ban on Bottom Trawling to Prevent Harm to Ocean Life
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union called for a global ban Tuesday on bottom trawling calling the random fishing practice harmful to the biodiversity of oceans.

Island Nation Creates Third Largest Marine Park
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has created the world's third-largest marine reserve, as global efforts to preserve biodiversity widen to include everything from insects to fish to forests.

Beetles at Alaska Museum are Unsung Soldiers of Global Warming Research
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press

The stench is overwhelming, a rancid sweetness that stings the eyes and lungs, clinging to hair and clothes like a vile perfume. This is the smell of global warming research at work.

U.S. Court OKs Bid to Block Burned Tree Logging
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An environmental group may proceed with its bid to block harvesting of burned trees in the El Dorado National Forest because forest managers have not adequately assessed the effect of the logging on the California spotted owl.

IFC Eyes Carbon Market Blueprint for Biodiversity
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Gilbert Le Gras, Reuters

The World Bank's private sector agency has been lending to nature conservation projects with a view to laying the foundation for a market akin to carbon trading, the project head said Friday.

Crabbers Face Season with Guarded Optimism
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As state biologists in Maryland and Virginia wrap up their annual winter dredge survey, crabbers face the opening of blue crab season on April 1 with cautious optimism.

World Must Tackle Wildlife Smuggling, UN Official Says
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Wildlife crime-busters have scant resources compared with squads devoted to stopping drugs or arms trading even though the products -- from caviar to shawls made from the wool of an endangered Tibetan antelope -- can sell for more than their weight in gold.

Biologist Never Tires of Watching Wolves
March 24, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Rolf Peterson has watched a bleeding female wolf struggle to survive, helped by a turncoat male from the rival pack that had mauled and left her for dead.

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