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Interior chief to visit Alaska amid road fight, filing says

Jul. 20, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is expected to visit Alaska in September, according to a court filing in a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge. Haaland committed during...

Skeletal remains found in southern Illinois wildlife refuge

Jul. 18, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois were investigating after skeletal remains were found at a wildlife refuge. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois State Police and the county coroner. ...

Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change

Jul. 15, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds. ...

More public access to Florida panther refuge

Jul. 11, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — In eastern Collier County, where hardwood hammocks, cypress domes and wet prairies provide ideal habitat for an abundance of wildlife, lies the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has had little public access aside from two short...

Colonial Pipeline could face fine after leak in N Carolina

Jul. 10, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Colonial Pipeline faces a fine of $200,000 a day if it fails to improve the way it detects leaks in its U.S. pipeline system following a massive gasoline leak in North Carolina, according to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation. ...

Roaming exotic cat caught, but owner won't get it back

Jul. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An exotic cat that was roaming parts of Atlanta has been captured, but the owner is being forced to give up her pet because it's illegal to keep such cats as pets in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a serval, a...

Pelican population increases at North Dakota wildlife refuge

Jul. 02, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Abnormally dry weather may have helped boost the number of American white pelicans nesting in north-central North Dakota known as North America’s largest refuge for the big-billed birds. Results of an aerial survey released Friday by the U.S....

Water crisis reaches boiling point on Oregon-California line

Jul. 02, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

TULELAKE, Calif. (AP) — Ben DuVal knelt in a barren field near the California-Oregon state line and scooped up a handful of parched soil as dust devils whirled around him and birds flitted between empty irrigation pipes. DuVal’s family has farmed the land for three...

New rules in works to stop drones from harassing birds

Jul. 02, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — If you’re a black oystercatcher sitting on a nest of eggs, there is good reason to be concerned if a large, buzzing object flies directly at you. Even if the object is just a drone, the small blackish birds with reddish-orange bills often scatter...

Popular Hawaii snorkel spot doubles entry fee for visitors

Jun. 29, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The entrance fee for a popular Hawaii snorkeling spot will more than double for tourists starting this week. Beginning Thursday, out-of-state visitors to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in east Oahu will have to pay $25, up from $12. Entry will remain...