Latest Nature reserves News

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in N. Carolina

Apr. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An energy company has again underestimated the amount of gasoline that spilled from a crack in a pipeline running through a North Carolina nature preserve. The Colonial Pipeline Company issued a statement Friday saying it likely underestimated...

Biologists defy Cyprus' ethnic divide to protect environment

Apr. 15, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — There’s something regal in the sprightly step and curious gaze of the long-horn sheep that roam the hills near Varisia, an abandoned village inside a U.N. buffer zone that cuts across ethnically divided Cyprus. The endangered Mouflon sheep...

Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

Apr. 12, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. ...

Land trust acquires 38 acres along northern Indiana river

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 40 acres in northern Indiana that includes wooded wetlands that are home to wildlife and native plants have been acquired by a land trust for protection as a nature preserve. The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust acquired the 38 acres along the...

Land trust's `challenge' aims to get Hoosiers back outdoors

Apr. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — The wind whistled through the bare branches of towering red and white oaks at Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow, carrying the scent of the forest and of the arrival of spring. From on top of a ridge, visitors to the Trafalgar area preserve...

Fire at bird sanctuary claims lives of at least 80 birds

Apr. 01, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — About 80 birds died of smoke inhalation in a fire early Thursday at a Rhode Island bird sanctuary, but hundreds of others survived, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the Foster Parrots Ltd. and the New England Exotic...

Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge reopening Friday

Mar. 04, 2021 13:12 PM EST

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana wildlife refuge, closed since November following damage from Hurricane Zeta, is reopening on Friday. Crews have repaired roads and completed other projects at Elmer's Island, located in Jefferson Parish near Grand Isle, to restore the...

Government offers plan to release more endangered red wolves

Mar. 04, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Government wildlife officials released two more critically endangered red wolves into the wild in North Carolina and could place several more captive-bred wolves into the habitat this year, according to a new plan submitted to a federal judge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

Feb. 25, 2021 19:48 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies. ...

Volunteers mobilize to clean Israel's tar-coated beaches

Feb. 22, 2021 11:17 AM EST

PALMACHIM BEACH, Israel (AP) — A small Israeli task force scoured the sands of a nature reserve along Israel's Mediterranean coast Monday, taking part in a widening effort to clean up a disastrous oil spill that has blackened most of the country's shoreline and reached beaches of...