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Keith Russell, program manager of urban conservation at Audubon Pennsylvania, lowers his binoculars while conducting a breeding bird census, at Wissahickon Valley Park Friday, June 5, 2020 in Philadelphia. (The viral video of a white woman targeting a Black bird watcher in New York's Central Park has renewed attention to how the great outdoors can often be far from great for Black people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Black bird watchers draw attention to racial issues outdoors

Jun. 23, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Jason Ward fell in love with birds at age 14 when he spotted a peregrine falcon outside the homeless shelter where he was staying with his family. The now 33-year-old Atlanta bird lover parlayed that passion into a YouTube series last year. One of the guests on his first episode of “Birds of North...

2nd lawsuit filed against Oregon ranch over wildfire

Jun. 19, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against an Oregon ranch accused of causing millions of dollars in damages by negligently igniting a 2018 wildfire. The federal government filed a complaint claiming that J-Spear Ranch of Paisley, Oregon, started the Watson Creek Fire in the Fremont-Winema...

This Monday,  June 8, 2020 photo shows a sea wall in North Wildwood, N.J. On June 6, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said North Wildwood had demolished dunes and wetlands, built the sea wall and added buildings to a pier without required permits or review by the agency, which may make the city tear the work it did, and restore the area to its natural condition. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Jersey Shore town may have to raze structures, restore dunes

Jun. 8, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A popular New Jersey shore resort may have to tear down some oceanfront buildings and restore 8 acres of sand dunes and wetlands that the state says the city illegally demolished. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says North Wildwood removed mature, densely...

Bid to halt Nevada oil drilling in sage grouse habitat

Jun. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say the Trump administration’s approval of exploratory drilling for oil in sage grouse habitat on federal land in eastern Nevada violates its own protection guidelines and ignores concerns raised by scientists about potential harm to the bird imperiled across much...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

Illinois receives $8M to protect farmland, habitat, water

May. 9, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials have awarded Illinois $8 million to protect working farmland, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has joined other groups including The...