Wildlife

Rare Beetle Found in Massachusetts Forest
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A species of beetle never before seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, experts said Monday.

Federal Agency Proposes Pulling Pygmy Owl from Endangered List
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Davenport, Associated Press

A federal agency announced that it will propose the removal of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl in Arizona from the list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's action on Monday follows years of legal battles, including an appellate court decision which the agency cited as the basis for its new proposal.

Researcher Finds Bird Emits Mosquito Repellent
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bird species found in some parts of Western Alaska is believed to emit a natural mosquito repellent with properties similar to DEET, the key ingredient in many commercial repellents.

Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beneath its ice, the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life, says a team of international scientists that just completed a 30-day expedition to the northern ocean. With the aid of a remote-operated underwater vehicle, a photo platform lowered from the vessel, diving suits and 24-hour sunlight, the team collected samples from places never before seen by the human eye.

Israeli Zoo in Gaza Poised to Evacuate Animals
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Saul, Reuters

A zoo in a Jewish settlement in Gaza has answered the call to evacuate ahead of Israel's planned pullout from the occupied territory. Hundreds of snakes, birds and other animals from the 10-acre Katifari zoo in Gush Katif, Gaza's largest settlement bloc, will join the evacuation.

Scientists are Seeing More Dead Birds, Fewer Fish on the Pacific Coast
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

Loss of Wolves Changes Canadian Ecosystem
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The loss of once-plentiful wolves in a part of Canada's west allowed the elk population to mushroom, pushing out beavers and songbirds and showing the importance of top predators, Canadian researchers said Monday.

Robin, Not Crow, May Be West Nile Culprit
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Donna Tommello, Associated Press

The beloved American robin, not the annoying, raucous crow, may be the more potent source for West Nile virus, according to new research.

Africanized Honeybees Found in Louisiana
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly 30 years after a TV movie showed the Superdome saving New Orleans from "killer bees," Louisiana has joined other southern-tier states with confirmed sightings of the aggressive insects.

Jellyfish Gone With the Wind in California
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Jablon, Associated Press

They came, they stung, they left. Tens of thousands of purplish-black jellyfish that invaded Orange County beaches for the past week mostly disappeared by Thursday along with a red tide of microscopic plankton on which they may have been feeding.

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