Wildlife

Penguins Find Peace in Falklands War Minefields
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

There's a mating ritual going on in the minefield. Fortunately the would-be lovers are penguins, too light to detonate the deadly mines laid more than two decades ago during a war on the far-flung Falkland Islands.

Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Midwest
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

A species of mosquito common in the eastern U.S. and capable of carrying the West Nile virus has made its way to the Midwest for the first time, a finding made by a college undergraduate, Washington University officials said Monday.

Feds Cut Back Habitat for Snowy Plover
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that West Coast beach-front critical habitat for the threatened western snowy plover will be cut back by nearly 40 percent, continuing a Bush administration policy of reducing habitat protections for threatened and endangered species to reduce economic losses.

Cattle Feared Dead Along Flooded Louisiana Coast
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press

The Army used Blackhawk helicopters to search for thousands of cattle feared stranded in high water Monday amid reports that more than 4,000 may have been killed in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

Decision to Remove Causeway Sparks Debate
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Douglas administration decision to remove the Missisquoi Bay causeway over Lake Champlain has sparked a debate over how that will affect habitat for the spiny soft shell turtle.

China Tiger Trade Would Doom Species, WWF Says
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A reopening of Chinese business in tiger parts could doom the species to extinction and undermine efforts to curb other illegal wildlife trade, the Worldwide Fund for Nature warned on Monday.

Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Bull Trout Habitat
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday said it will designate more than 100,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana as critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.

Hurricane Rita Affecting Bird Migration
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

For millennia, fall's Gulf of Mexico hurricanes have butted gale-force winds against the southbound journeys of migrating birds. Somehow, the birds have been able to sense storm paths and survive.

House Panel Set To Approve Sweeping Endangered Species Act Rewrite
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Conservative lawmakers poised to eliminate key provisions of the landmark 32--year--old Endangered Species Act encountered unexpected support Wednesday: Some environmentalists and liberal Democrats said they agree with some of the changes.

New York Skyscrapers Dim Lights To Save Birds
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The city that never sleeps will darken the lights of the famed Manhattan skyline after midnight to help save migrating birds. New York civic leaders this week said the lights of buildings above the 40th floor will be turned off after midnight in the fall and spring migration seasons to save birds.

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