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Schools encouraged to apply for nature learning grants

Dec. 5, 2020 11:40 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Educators who want to get their students outside more during the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to apply for a grant program that funds nature-based learning projects. The New Hampshire Partnership for School Yard Action is accepting applications from schools with students...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Dec. 5, 2020 3:00 AM EST

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 17th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 20 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 2-year-old male panther were...

Wisconsin dairy farmers returning to their roots

Dec. 5, 2020 1:01 AM EST

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. (AP) — For as long as he can remember, Jason Gruenfelder wanted to be a dairy farmer. But after 10 years of doing it the way his father and grandfathers had, he was tired. Tired of hauling feed into the barn each day and manure back out. Tired of long nights on the tractor. Tired of...

Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Treatment underway for rare sea turtles from ocean cold snap

Dec. 4, 2020 8:20 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of 30 endangered sea turtles are being treated for hypothermia and pneumonia in Louisiana after a sudden cold spell nearly froze them in New England waters, caretakers say. The Audubon Nature Institute’s Coastal Wildlife Network announced this week that it took in the...

Researchers: Starvation, weather to blame for bird die-off

Dec. 4, 2020 6:35 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Starvation and unexpected weather are to blame for a statewide die-off among migratory birds in New Mexico, researchers said Friday. Biologists from multiple agencies collected hundreds of samples of warblers, swallows and other birds and sent them to the U.S. Geological Survey's...

Officials: Rodents likely destroyed rare plants at mine

Dec. 4, 2020 5:38 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — DNA evidence suggests rodents destroyed part of an area of an extremely rare desert wildflower being considered for endangered species protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. James Calaway, executive director of the Australian...

Wisconsin says wolf season will be held next November

Dec. 4, 2020 2:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will resume its wolf season next November after the animal is dropped from the federal endangered species list, the state announced Friday. The Department of Natural Resources said wolf season will begin Nov. 6. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last month that it...

'This is the worst year': Black vultures harass Pa. homes

Dec. 4, 2020 9:52 AM EST

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Flocks of black vultures are roosting on roofs and in trees in one Pennsylvania town, causing damage to homes and property and generally harassing residents. The birds, which can have wingspans up to 5 feet (1.5 meters), are protected under federal laws, LNP reported on Thursday. ...

Bighorn sheep could be in danger from domestic sheep

Dec. 4, 2020 8:53 AM EST

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — Bighorn sheep in central Washington could be in danger if domestic sheep continue to graze nearby. That’s the concern from two groups suing the U.S. Forest Service. Domestic sheep or goats can pass a deadly bacteria to bighorns, the Northwest News Network reported....

Officials take down Asian giant hornet traps but keep watch

Dec. 4, 2020 8:08 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — All Asian giant hornet traps in Washington state will be taken down by Dec. 23 in preparation for winter. Washington State Department of Agriculture spokesperson Karla Salp said Thursday that Asian giant hornet workers and drones are expected to die off this winter, and the queens...