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In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans.  (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Mar. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping...

FILE - In this Saturday March 7, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday, March 26 that the duchess is lending her voice to “Elephant,” released April 3 on the Disney+ streaming service. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP, file)

Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job

Mar. 26, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to Britain’s Prince Harry, is lending her voice to “Elephant,” to be released April 3 on the Disney+...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif  Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clowney and Newtown didn't have to wait long at all to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college. The three former No. 1 overall draft picks are finding things moving much more slowly as they search for new homes or contracts this offseason. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Panthers release quarterback Cam Newton

Mar. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the 30-year-old quarterback after nine seasons. The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to seek a trade and then agreeing to a...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, a vintage coal-fired steam engine pushes a passenger car up the Cog Railway on a 3.8-mile journey to the summit of 6,288-foot Mount Washington in New Hampshire. A hiker descending Mount Washington on Sunday, March 22, 2020, who fell about 200 feet and was injured, was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Hiker survives 200-foot fall during Mount Washington descent

Mar. 23, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — A hiker descending Mount Washington who fell about 200 feet (60.9 meters) and got hurt was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway train that takes visitors up and down the summit during tourism season. New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said the hiker, Ashley...

In this photo taken Dec. 11 2012, a park ranger wearing a mask walks past a mountain gorilla in the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo.  Congo's Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world's mountain gorillas, has barred visitors until June 1 2020, citing

Africa's mountain gorillas also at risk from coronavirus

Mar. 22, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa's endangered mountain gorilla. Congo's Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world's mountain gorillas, is barring visitors until...

Port Aransas battles Big Oil to preserve its coastal vibe

Mar. 22, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — Retired marine science professor Joan Holt has lived in Port “A” for 45 years, watching it become one of the state’s most popular beach towns. More than 5 million visitors a year come here for the fishing, white beaches, seafood and bird-watching, an activity...

This 2017 photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows the Eastern Black Rail. The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Thursday, March 19, 2020, for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act. (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Lawsuit to protect bird nicknamed feathered mouse

Mar. 21, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmentalists have sued the Trump administration for failing to follow through on a proposal made two years ago to protect a small, elusive marsh bird nicknamed the “feathered mouse." “The eastern black rail stands on the brink of extinction,” said the lawsuit...

In this Jan. 30, 2020 image provided by Zach Bryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Maggie Dwire carries a Mexican gray wolf from a helicopter after it was captured near Reserve, New Mexico, during an annual survey of the endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of a latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year. (Zach Bryan via AP)

Endangered gray wolf population on the rise in southwest US

Mar. 21, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

THE EDGE OF THE GILA WILDERNESS, N.M. (AP) — A voice interrupted the crackle of the radio at basecamp: “Starting pursuit.” The rest of the team on the ground was anxious to hear those words after the low-flying helicopter crew had been working all morning to get close to one of the Mexican...

Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus

Mar. 19, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the...

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020 photo provided by The National Aquarium, a harp seal named Amelia Bedelia makes its way to the ocean in Salisbury, Md.,  after it was released following rehabilitation at the aquarium in Baltimore.  The seal was rescued from Ocean City, Md., by the Aquarium's Animal Rescue team after severe dehydration. (Theresa Keil/The National Aquarium via AP)

Aquarium releases rescued seal back into habitat

Mar. 19, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The National Aquarium has released a harp seal rescued from Ocean City after severe dehydration. The seal, Amelia Bedelia, has been part of a cast of storybook characters undergoing rehabilitation at the aquarium in Baltimore. She was one of three seals to be rescued by the Aquarium's...