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Researchers try to conserve rare mountain butterfly species

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Efforts are underway to save a rare species of butterfly in the mountains of New Hampshire, but scientists are still learning about it and how it may be at risk. The White Mountain Fritillary butterfly is orange and black like the monarch butterfly but with different markings. It's...

Nonprofit seeks to preserve open land in Burrillville

Sep. 26, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A land conservation group in Rhode Island has launched a campaign to raise $2.2 million to save historic farmland from developers. The Burrillville Land Trust's campaign announced in the past week is meant to save the 150-acre Sweet Hill property in the town. The land used to be...

Vermont Fish and Wildlife to celebrate 100th wildlife area

Sep. 26, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Officials from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, the town of Shrewsbury and others on Saturday are going to be celebrating the state’s 100th Wildlife Management Area. The Rutland Herald reports the event in which the name of the area in Shrewsbury will be held...

Illinois joins pact to protect monarch butterflies' habitat

Sep. 26, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Four state agencies have signed a pact to protect monarch butterflies and other important pollinators whose numbers are dwindling. Representatives of the Illinois Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation and Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency signed onto...

Pilot whales lie stranded on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. An estimated 250 whales are stuck on sandy shoals and government marine conservation staff have been deployed to the scene to attempt to rescue the whales. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP)

Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

Sep. 26, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued...

Congressman accuses opponent of harassment over 2015 memoir

Sep. 25, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Democratic Wisconsin congressman on Friday accused his Republican opponent of sexual harassment over a 2015 memoir in which the former Navy Seal wrote of exposing a male lieutenant's genitals to two female junior officers while the lieutenant was being treated for poison oak at a...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

Another baby orca born to endangered southern residents

Sep. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that another baby orca has been born to a pod of endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound. It’s the second calf born this month for J pod, according to director Ken Balcomb, who confirmed the birth in a text message to...

In this Sept. 2019, photo provided by the White Oak Conservation, Asian elephants, Kelly Ann, born Jan. 1, 1996, and Mable, born April 6, 2006, are seen at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Fla.  A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, that it's expecting to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year. (Stephanie Rutan/White Oak Conservation via AP)

Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

Sep. 25, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new, spacious home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to welcome 30 Asian elephants to a 2,500-acre (1,010-hectare) refuge starting next year, the center announced Wednesday. The...

Mississippi receives $23M in federal funds for flood relief

Sep. 25, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has received nearly $23 million in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair federal roadways that were damaged by severe flooding. U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the five Federal Highway Administration awards on Thursday, according...