Wildlife

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.

Bird Swarms Invade Farmlands in Nigeria
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Large swarms of birds have invaded parts of northern Nigeria, destroying grain farms and threatening harvests in a region bordering famine-stricken Niger, officials and farmers have said.

Scientists Hope to Boost Speckled Trout Populations
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory are raising thousands of speckled trout to try to boost the population of one of the coast's most popular game fish.

Conservationists Seek to Protect Apes
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Austrian branch of an international conservation group on Wednesday said it was launching a campaign to educate Austrian tourists about how bringing home souvenirs made from parts of dead apes, such as scalps, could contribute to the extinction of some species.

More Rare Hummingbirds Spotted in Texas
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society.

Livestock Not Immune from Heat Stress in Midwest
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

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