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Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

UN: Don't forget to save species while fixing global warming

Jun. 10, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

To save the planet, the world needs to tackle the crises of climate change and species loss together, taking measures that fix both and not just one, United Nations scientists said. A joint report Thursday by separate U.N. scientific bodies that look at climate change ...

Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

Jun. 08, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are proposing to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Trust buys land for preservation as farmland, wildlife route

Jun. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An historic, creek-side farm once targeted for residential development will be preserved instead as an agricultural and ecological oasis 40 miles south of Tucson. The nonprofit Arizona Land and Water Trust has purchased the first 371 acres of the...

Skunk raids endangered shorebirds' Chicago beachfront nest

Jun. 05, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two endangered shorebirds that birding enthusiasts have tracked for years along a Chicago beachfront have lost their latest clutch of eggs to a skunk attack. A skunk raided the piping plovers' nest Wednesday night at Montrose Beach Dunes and ate all four...

Florida scientists find rare bee species in new locations.

Jun. 05, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have found the first nest of Florida’s extraordinarily rare blue calamintha bee and added a new location to its known range: the Ocala National Forest. They also confirmed the insect feeds on a second, but highly...

Biden aims to restore species protections weakened by Trump

Jun. 05, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it is canceling or reviewing a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, with a goal of strengthening a landmark law while addressing climate change. The...

Court: Agency shift on walruses needs more explanation

Jun. 04, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to adequately explain why it changed its position on Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific walrus, an appeals court panel ruled. In 2011, the federal agency found listing the walrus as a...

Biden aims to restore species protections weakened by Trump

Jun. 04, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it is canceling or reviewing a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, with a goal of strengthening a landmark law while addressing climate change. ...