Wildlife

Listening System May Help Save Whales
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale. The results aren't too impressive. An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.

Green Sea Turtle Makes Rare Va. Delivery
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A green sea turtle dug out a nest in the sands of this resort beach and left 124 eggs -- the first documented case of the protected turtle laying its eggs in Virginia.

Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.

Indonesia Sanctuary Puts the Beast Back into Animals
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Lenita Sulthani, Reuters

The Cikananga Animal Rescue Center tries to help animals regain their natural instincts to allow their return to the wild. But if two Sumatran tigers awaiting a meal of raw goat meat are any indication, Alen and his team face a challenge. "Once we gave the tigers live goats, but instead of attacking the goats, they were afraid of them."

Crew to Track Monarch Butterflies
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

The annual arrival of millions of Monarch butterflies from the forests of eastern Canada to the central Mexican mountains for the winter is an aesthetic and scientific wonder. And this year, they won't be flying alone.

New York Authorities Battle Intruding Snakehead Fish
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The snakehead fish, a voracious predator from Asia, has taken up residence in a lake in New York, and experts are mulling options, including salt and poison, to evict it. Snakeheads, which can grow to about three feet long , have the capacity to ravage the local fish population.

South Korean Scientists Clone First Dog
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate -- while producing a perky, lovable puppy.

Official Says Pelican Exodus Not Alarming
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

A top federal wildlife official says the pelican mystery at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge may be a natural correction. Nearly 30,000 white pelicans abandoned the refuge last year, leaving eggs and chicks behind.

Flood Traps Hundreds of Migratory Birds in Indian Sanctuary
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - S. Srinivasan, Associated Press

Hundreds of migratory birds have been trapped with their fledgling offspring in southern India after monsoon floodwaters inundated their sanctuary, an official said Tuesday. On Monday, heavy monsoon rains drove the water level in the nearby Cauvery river to 15 feet (4.5 meters) above normal, partially submerging a dam and flooding the sanctuary.

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.

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