Latest Zoology News

Cloudy with a chance of dragonflies? Swarms visible on radar

Sep. 13, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) — Swarms of dragonflies are taking over several western Pennsylvania communities and have even showed up on weather radar. WTAE-TV reports that meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Cleveland spotted an unusually large blob on their radar earlier this week. It turned out...

US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals

Sep. 12, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event." The cause of death for nearly 300 ringed, bearded and spotted seals since June 1, 2018, is not known,...

Pesticide criticized in bee deaths could also kill birds

Sep. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations. The researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are set to publish their...

English Channel dolphins carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

Sep. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a "toxic cocktail" of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday. Belgian and French scientists said they've detected high accumulations of...

Jolting discovery: Powerful new electric eel found

Sep. 12, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers report two newly discovered species of electric eels in South America, one of which can deliver a bigger jolt than any other known animal. The researchers collected 107 eels in four countries and found differences in their DNA, along with minor physical variations. One species...

Mining waste contaminants suspected in Montana fish kill

Sep. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A fish kill in Montana has been blamed on mining waste washed into a river during recent heavy rains. The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that a state Fish, Wildlife and Parks department biologist says whitefish, trout and suckers have died in the Clark Fork River between Warm Springs...

Biologists to start tracking pronghorn antelope in Oregon

Sep. 10, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the agency plans to start tracking pronghorn antelope to learn more about the species and identify migration patterns in southeast Oregon. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports during the last week of September, wildlife biologists...

Maryland gets $700K in funding to study endangered sturgeon

Sep. 10, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland agency has been awarded more than $700,000 in federal funding to study and monitor the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the money will be used over three years to continue the department's tagging and tracking of fall spawning...

Squirrels, bees could get US aid but not Yellowstone's bison

Sep. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials rejected petitions Thursday to protect Yellowstone National Park's storied bison herds but pledged to consider more help for two other species — a tiny, endangered squirrel in Arizona and bees that pollinate rare desert flowers in Nevada. Wildlife...

Biologists save mussels trapped near demolished Indiana dam

Sep. 4, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Wildlife biologists have rescued thousands of freshwater mussels left stranded out of water by the demolition of a dam on the White River in central Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources scientists joined Muncie Sanitary District staff last week to collect by hand nearly...