Wildlife

Going Once, Going Twice -- A Chance to Name a Monkey
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Sue Pleming, Reuters

Britain's Queen Victoria had a pigeon named after her and President Theodore Roosevelt's dedication to conservation earned him an elk bearing his name. Now ordinary people can bid online to officially name an orange and brown monkey documented last year in Bolivia's Madidi National Park, seen by scientists as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

Experts Baffled by Finch Die-Off in Alaska
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists. Experts had suspected the red-capped finches were dying of salmonellosis, but preliminary cultures did not confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Scientists, Fishermen Worry About Herring
February 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Each winter, schools of silvery herring pass beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to drop their eggs in the lushly vegetated corners of San Francisco Bay.

Israelis and Palestinians Clean up Rivers to Save Endangered Turtles, Improve Drinking Water
February 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Laurie Copans, Associated Press

In an area of olive and avocado groves northeast of Tel Aviv, a river of sewage snakes from the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, under Israel's separation barrier and into a river where an endangered species of soft-shelled turtle once thrived.

Ancient Beasts Raise Questions about Climate Change
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard and Spokes Mashiyane, Reuters

The signs of the scuffle were fresh but it is a struggle that has gone on for tens of millions of years. Just minutes before, dozens of tiny turtles had burst from the sand under the cover of darkness to make a mad dash for the sea by running a deadly gauntlet of ghost crabs.

Nesting Begins for Endangered Parrots
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Ian James, Associated Press

Raucous squawking erupts from cages filled with dozens of parrots -- a hopeful sound from a species on the brink of extinction. The last chance of survival for the Puerto Rican parrot may lie in forest aviaries where these captive birds began their nesting in January under close observation.

Biologists Planning to Study Pelicans
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Pelican nesting grounds will be off-limits to the public this year at a refuge in central North Dakota while biologists plan their most extensive study ever of the big birds.

Scientists Worry About Red Tide, Manatees
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An unseasonable outbreak of red tide has scientists worried that migrating manatees may swim into the potentially deadly algae.

Organisms Found in Deepest Part of Ocean
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Tiny single-celled organisms, many of them previously unknown, have been discovered beneath nearly seven miles of water in the deepest part of the ocean.

Rare Plant Nearly Wiped Out by Work Crew
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of California's rarest plants was nearly wiped out of existence when Marin County workers used a backhoe to clear a plugged roadside drain in the species' sole habitat.

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