Wasps Could Replace Bomb, Drug Dogs
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press
rained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. No kidding. Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.
Cranes Resume Migration After Windy Delay
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
After being grounded for five days by winds and rain at the Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge, a flock of endangered whooping cranes resumed its migration from Wisconsin to Florida on Wednesday morning.
Group Says Lake Erie Gets Sewage Overflows
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer Ghose, Associated Press
At least 8.9 billion gallons of untreated sewage flows yearly into Lake Erie and the rivers that feed it during storms that overwhelm sewer systems -- the same as if 2.5 billion toilets flushed simultaneously into the lake, an environmental group reported Wednesday.
Southeast Asian Countries Launch Law Enforcement Network To Fight Wildlife Smuggling
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Southeast Asian countries on Thursday launched what they said is the world's largest wildlife law enforcement network, aiming to fight cross-border trade in endangered species.
Panda Cub Takes Washington by Storm
December 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Mona Megalli and Sarah Edmonds, Reuters
So little in Washington is black and white that all it takes is a tiny panda cub to captivate the entire U.S. capital. Tai Shan, the 21-pound baby panda born in July at the U.S. National Zoo, took his first bow before the media Tuesday, reducing one of the hardest-bitten press corps in the world to cooing and incoherent babble.
Two-Headed Turtle Hatched in Costa Rica, WWF Says
December 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A two-headed turtle was hatched on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, with a birth defect possibly linked to ocean pollution or climate change, the World Wildlife Fund said Wednesday.
Scientists Say Too Many Fish are Snared in the Wrong Nets
December 1, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Commercial fisheries in the U.S. kill a pound of fish for every four pounds intentionally caught, jeopardizing efforts to restore some struggling stocks, scientists said Wednesday.
Study Finds Midwest Warming May Harm Ducks
November 30, 2005 12:00 AM -
The gradual warming of the Upper Midwest could cut the duck population in half as early as 2050, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience.
Fish Removal Aiding Native Species
November 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Efforts to remove non-native fish from parts of the Colorado River appear to be working, with rising numbers of native fish being reported by fish-removal crews.
Armed Robbers Snatch Lion Cub from Palestinian Zoo
November 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Armed robbers made off with a lion cub and two Arabic-speaking parrots in a recent raid on Gaza's zoo, Palestinian police chief and newspapers said.