Wildlife

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.

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.

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