California Forest Cameras Snoop on Wildlife
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A 30-acre patch of forest near Idyllwild has been outfitted with robotic cameras and other high-tech gadgets that spy on wildlife, trees and even roots as part of a pioneering effort by scientists to take nature's pulse.

Fishing Nets Kill 1,000 Marine Mammals Daily
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Almost 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die daily in fishing nets and urgent changes are needed in trawling methods to save nine populations under immediate threat, conservation group WWF said on Thursday.

Coalition Urges UN Curbs on Harmful Ocean Sounds
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An environmental coalition urged the United Nations Wednesday to take steps to protect whales, dolphins and other marine life from the powerful sound waves used in oil and gas exploration and by the world's navies to navigate and detect submarines.

Scientists Believe Insect Would Kill Coca Crops
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Molinski, Associated Press

A group of Colombian scientists believe they've found a way to wipe out cocaine production: unleash an army of hungry moth caterpillars. But critics of the proposal say the chance for "ecological mischief" is high.

Scientists Nudge Fish Closer to Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction.

Group Sues to Protect Alaska Sea Otters
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Interior Department for taking too long to put Alaska sea otters on the threatened species list.

Lynx Making a Comeback in Minnesota
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Lynx No. 13 growled a warning at the researchers who came to weigh and tag her four kittens. The mother lynx watched from 20 feet away, never coming closer but never leaving, as the scientists poked and prodded the 3-week-old kittens, who received ear tags as part of a study that could determine the fate of her species in Minnesota.

Groups Seek More Protection for Shorebird
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press

Environmentalists on Tuesday will urge the governors of New Jersey and Delaware to enforce strong new protections for a migratory shorebird threatened with extinction.

Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A group of dolphins living off the coast of Australia apparently teach their offspring to protect their snouts with sponges while foraging for food in the sea floor. Researchers say it appears to be a cultural behavior passed on from mother to daughter, a first for animals of this type, although such learning has been seen in other species.

Rattlesnakes Thrive in Iowa Prairie
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chuck Schoffner, Associated Press

While some treat snakes with revulsion, the Nature Conservancy has nothing but respect for the prairie rattlesnakes that slither through the tall grasses just south of town.

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