Wildlife

Researchers Release Rare Turtles in Georgia
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Wildlife researchers have released four rare bog turtles into the wild, the first group of the federally threatened species to be let loose in Georgia.

Rwanda Symbolically Names Endangered Baby Gorillas
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda held a traditional naming ceremony for some of its rare mountain gorillas on Saturday in an effort to attract tourism and help to preserve one of the world's most endangered species.

Cypriots Get Teeth Into Case of Missing Crocodiles
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife wardens in Cyprus are trying to verify reports that crocodiles may be on the loose at a popular tourist nature spot after they became too dangerous for their owner to handle.

Study Examines Flight of Hummingbirds
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

Not much bigger than a honey bee, the tiny hummingbird is able to hover gently over a flower because it uses some of the same wing motion as an insect -- but not as much as previously thought, a new study says.

Contraceptives Lower Oregon Geese Hatchings
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bait laced with a contraceptive resulted in the hatching of fewer pesky Canada geese last spring, according to a study by the National Wildlife Research Center. The bait, tested around Oregon in 2004, could help in long-range plans to manage the geese, which cause crop damage.

Cheery Chickadee Chirps Carry Complex Information, Study Reveals
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Those cheery-sounding chirps coming from the tree in the back yard are carrying more than a joyful message -- they are conveying surprisingly complex information about lurking predators, biologists reported Thursday.

Group Rejects Japanese Plans for Coastal Whale Hunt
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Japan suffered yet another setback on Thursday in its bid for more whaling when an international commission rejected a plea to allow Japanese coastal communities to hunt whales.

California Turns to Goats to Stop Wildfires
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires.

Big Fish Important in the Gene Pool
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Anglers chasing big fish and leaving the small fry might be doing far more harm than good according to marine scientists in the United States.

Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Carlos Andrade, Reuters

Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe.

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