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Tree killing beetle found in Maine forests, scientists say

Jan. 18, 2022 16:39 PM EST

YORK COUNTY, Maine (AP) — A Southern pine beetle has found its way to Maine, potentially endangering the ecosystem of the state's forests, scientists say. The beetle was discovered in Waterboro last fall, a long way from its home in the South of the U.S. where it has destroyed...

North Dakota beekeeping supply to serve top US honey states

Jan. 16, 2022 11:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant...

Edward O. Wilson, biologist known as 'ant man,' dead at 92

Dec. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Edward O. Wilson, the pioneering Harvard biologist who advanced the provocative theory that human behavior such as war and altruism has a genetic basis and warned against the decline of ecosystems, has died. He was 92. Wilson was “called ‘Darwin’s natural...

Master Kentucky gardener raises, releases 500 monarchs

Dec. 17, 2021 18:22 PM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — This past summer, Owensboro master gardener Glenda Burke raised and released more than 500 monarch butterflies, which she said was not only a therapeutic process for her, but a small way she was able to help nature prosper. Burke began raising butterflies...

Rare Rocky Mountain insects will need snowfields to survive

Dec. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say two species of rare insects in the Rocky Mountains will need several thousand acres of glaciers and snowfields if they are to survive a warming world that's threatening them with extinction. The western glacier stonefly and the...

Across the Mid-Atlantic, giant oak trees are dying

Dec. 05, 2021 09:03 AM EST

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Jason and Aga Jones loved the magnificent oak tree that was once the centerpiece of their backyard. In 2013 — a year after they bought their home in Takoma Park, Md. — they restored a circular stone retaining wall around the base of the tree. In 2019, they added...

Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

Nov. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the...

Study: Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for US moose

Nov. 22, 2021 07:33 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It’s a ghastly sight: ticks by tens of thousands burrowed into a moose’s broad body, sucking its lifeblood as the agonized host rubs against trees so vigorously that much of its fur wears away. Winter tick infestation is common with moose...

Public asked to report monarch butterfly sightings in South

Nov. 20, 2021 10:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Researchers are calling on the public to report monarch butterfly sightings in eight southern and Gulf states to try to better understand the insect's migration and wintering behavior. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the effort on...

After record low, monarch butterflies return to California

Nov. 17, 2021 19:05 PM EST

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health,...