Wildlife

Balkans May Be Bird Flu Gateway to Wider Europe
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Winfrey, Reuters

Birds heading south for the winter from Siberia may carry a deadly strain of avian flu to the Balkan peninsula and mingle with other flocks from northern Europe, experts said on Thursday.

Scientists Present Rare Woodpecker Audio
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists publicly presented recordings Wednesday purportedly of the ivory-billed woodpecker and said the tape indicated there might be more than one of the rare bird in an eastern Arkansas swamp.

Police Arrest Two People Suspected of Releasing Alligator in Los Angeles Lake
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press

Two people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly turning an alligator loose in a small city lake, where the reptile has evaded capture while drawing many spectators.

Appeals Court Says Feds Must Increase Protection for Depleted Pacific Groundfish
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must increase protections for the Pacific fish species commonly known as red snapper, whose population has been depleted by overfishing.

North Dakota Pelicans Probably Headed to Canada
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Thousands of American white pelicans that abandoned the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota after their chicks mysteriously died appear to have headed across the border to Canada, in southern Manitoba.

Two New Bird Species Identifed in Colombia
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two new species of birds called tapaculos have been identified in the mountains of Colombia, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Tough But Fragile, Turtles Take to Italian Hospital
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

The island hospital is small, sparsely equipped and very often the patients are so large that they have to be tipped sideways to get them to the operating table. Fortunately, the patients are tough enough to withstand being knocked against a doorframe -- they are protected by a solid shell bigger than a manhole cover.

Feds Cut Land for California Tiger Salamander
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Federal wildlife officials said Tuesday that they would cut by nearly half the amount of land set aside for the California tiger salamander, saying it would be too costly to restrict development in those areas to protect the threatened amphibian.

Survey Confirms Sea Squirts in Maine
August 23, 2005 12:00 AM - David Sharp, Associated Press

A survey of Cobscook Bay has uncovered the presence of sea squirts, an invasive species that scientists fear could overwhelm valuable shellfish beds and alter the marine ecosystem, researchers said Monday.

Red Snapper Limits Choking Fish Industry
August 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Melissa McEver, The Monitor

For 22 years, Pete McCarty has relied on red snapper for his livelihood. Once upon a time, he made up to $150,000 per year, mainly by catching and selling the saltwater fish. Today, the Port Isabel, Texas fisherman is lucky to make $40,000.

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