Wildlife

Scientists Artificially Inseminate Whale
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After bringing in a parade of males and watching for years as nature never took its course, scientists at Mystic Aquarium have performed what is believed to be the first artificial insemination of a beluga whale.

Federal, State Officials Sign 50-Year Plan to Protect Colorado River
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada joined the federal government Monday in enacting a 50-year plan to protect the lower Colorado River and ensure states are able to get enough water and power from it.

Near-Record Number of Births this Year for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

A baby boom has given a lift to the endangered North Atlantic right whale, with a near-record number of births in the just-ended calving season, according to researchers at the New England Aquarium.

India Sacks Officials after Tigers Go Missing
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Authorities in India's desert state of Rajasthan have suspended eight forest officials after more than two dozen tigers vanished from a wildlife sanctuary in less than 2 years, a state minister said on Saturday.

Roll out the Welcome Mat for Birds -- Then Clean It
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Dean Fosdick, Associated Press

Ah, spring. The run has begun on potting soil and fertilizers at garden stores, seed packets are arriving daily in the mail and the first of the migrating songbirds and hummingbirds are setting up shop around the yard.

Windmills Blow Ill for Birds
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Manor, Chicago Tribune

As Illinois pushes for clean energy from the wind, questions remain about the environmental effects of the giant wind turbines now emerging on the state's farmlands.

Monterey Aquarium Releases White Shark
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press

A great white shark that survived far longer than any other in captivity was returned to the wild Thursday because it was growing too large and had begun preying on other fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in One New York Deer
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Randi Fabi, Reuters

The first case of chronic wasting disease outside the U.S. Midwest or Rocky Mountain region was confirmed in a white-tailed deer in New York State, the state's agriculture department said on Thursday.

Colorado Pushes Lynx Habitat Rule Changes
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press

Citing the success of a six-year, $2.5 million state program to transplant the endangered lynx from Canada, state officials want the federal government to lift land use restrictions designed to protect the cat's habitat.

Shell to Reroute Pipelines in Russian Far East Oil Project over Gray Whale Fears
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Nicholson, Associated Press

Royal Dutch/Shell said Wednesday it would reroute planned pipelines at its oil and gas project off the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin, bowing to environmentalists' demands who said the pipelines passed too close to the feeding grounds of the endangered gray whale.

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