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Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower

Oct. 8, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling through...

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

Oct. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited...

Ban may stop cutting of Capitol Christmas tree in New Mexico

Oct. 4, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A tree to be displayed outside the U.S. Capitol building over the holidays is supposed to come from a New Mexico forest. That's if the U.S. Forest Service can get an exception from a tree-cutting ban across all New Mexico national forests and one in Arizona. The agency says it's trying....

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

Oct. 4, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that yellow cedar does not warrant additional protections because trees will persist in...

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

Oct. 4, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that yellow cedars do not warrant additional protections because trees affected by warming grow in areas representing...

Lizard protections sought in Southwest amid US oil boom

Oct. 1, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins is at the center of a legal complaint filed Tuesday. Environmentalists want the U.S. government to add the lizard to the endangered species list as part of a fight...

Bill to blunt Trump environment policy vetoed in California

Sep. 27, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Engaged in environmental battles with the Trump administration on multiple fronts, California Gov. Gavin Newsom angered some allies on Friday by vetoing a bill aimed at blunting federal rollbacks of clean air and endangered species regulations in the state. The bill would have...

Report: 58% of Europe-only trees face extinction threat

Sep. 27, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in a new report Friday that 58% of Europe's 265 endemic trees face...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...