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Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Jun. 17, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared...

North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

Jun. 17, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

North Dakota author Francie Berg's last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say. The result is "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains," a deeper dive into the...

Congo's Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat

Jun. 17, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that...

In South Africa, plans for a refuge for pangolins in peril

Jun. 16, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Monitored by a conservationist, a young pangolin slurped ants with a long tongue near a veterinary hospital that became a temporary home after the animal was found near the body of its mother, killed by a jolt from an electric fence. The six-month-old scaly anteater foraged on a...

Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Jun. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. An analysis of isotopes in beluga bone and teeth showed...

Report: Chesapeake Bay health trending upward for first time

Jun. 15, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — The health of the entire Chesapeake Bay is showing unprecedented signs of improvement as undersea grasses spread and the blue crab population increases. The University of Maryland said Friday that the bay's overall condition is trending upward for the first time since the school began...

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn't always local

Jun. 14, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since...

Oregon woman dies from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Jun. 14, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

REDMOND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman has died from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a disease transmitted through rodent droppings, health officials said. Lindy Farr, of Redmond, died Wednesday, the Deschutes County Health Department officials confirmed. The 67-year-old Farr was admitted June 7 to the ICU at...

26 wild horses released in Idaho following 2015 fire

Jun. 14, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has released 26 wild horses into the Sands Basin Herd Management Area in southwestern Idaho. This marks the first time wild horses managed by the agency will roam in the area in three years following a 2015 wildfire, the Idaho Press reported Wednesday....

Rescued seahorse released into the wild in Florida

Jun. 14, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Swim free, Frito the tiny seahorse. The inch-and-half long creature that was found wrapped in a discarded fishing line amidst some floating garbage in the Gulf of Mexico was released into the wild Thursday. Frito, a female seahorse, was found by a snorkeler off the beach in...