Wildlife

Rare Chatty Songbird Spotted in California
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A chatty songbird thought to have disappeared from the Central Valley 60 years ago has been spotted nesting in a patch of restored habitat along the San Joaquin River.

Feds Intervene for Endangered Wyoming Toad
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reintroduce several hundred more Wyoming toad tadpoles in Albany County.

Retired Mechanic Finds New Flower Species
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hiking in the Ouachita Mountains one day, retired mechanic John Pelton's eye caught a pink flower that he hadn't noticed before. The man with a passion for plant life couldn't figure out just what kind of flower he had found in Saline County.

South Carolina Officials Investigate Bird Deaths
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

South Carolina wildlife officials are warning residents and visitors to stay away from sick sea birds they may see on the shore. The birds, many of which usually stay well offshore, are showing up by the dozens on South Carolina beaches and they are dead or dying.

Africanized Bees Spotted in SW Arkansas
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some unwanted arrivals from Texas have been spotted in this southwest Arkansas town. State Plant Board officials say the presence of Africanized honey bees has been confirmed in Brightstar, in southern Miller County.

Conservation and Culture to Clash at Whaling Forum
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Culture and conservation will clash during this week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission, with some nations pushing for more whales to be caught, while others remain firmly opposed.

Thriving Bald Eagles May Lose Protection
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

The population of bald eagles has rebounded so dramatically in Pennsylvania that the species may soon be moved off the state's endangered list and accorded the less serious status of a threatened species.

Calif. Scientists Plan to Kill Barred Owls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Federal scientists are planning to shoot a small number of barred owls they say are crowding out the threatened spotted owl in northern California -- an experiment that could lead to killing thousands of the larger owls on the West Coast.

Court Orders Protection for Pacific Right Whales
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to draw up plans to protect North Pacific right whales, thought to have been extinct until they were rediscovered in the Bering Sea three years ago.

ATV Riders Take to Missouri Streams
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Floaters on some of Missouri's finest streams found unwanted company this spring -- drivers of ATVs, Jeeps, even pickups, playing in the rivers. More than a decade after a statewide crackdown on recreational motor vehicles in the water, the practice is present, and growing.

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