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Wildlife managers use pup fostering to boost wolf genetics

May. 29, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record number of captive-born wolf pups has been placed into the wild as part of an effort by federal and state wildlife managers to boost the genetic diversity among Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern United States. The interagency team announced the results of this...

FILE - This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Army Corp of Engineers also said there was no set date to start or complete construction, which will take place near Nogales, Arizona and Sasabe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota confirmed the $1.3 billion contract for building...

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...

This undated photo provided by Timber Press shows monarch butterflies in the University of Delaware Botanical Garden in Newark, Del., and is featured in the Douglas Tallamy book

Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

May. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, bees...

Groups sue over Western Colorado coal mine’s air emissions

May. 15, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Conservation groups have filed a federal lawsuit against St. Louis-based Arch Coal over methane and other toxic air emissions at the company's West Elk Mine in Colorado's North Fork Valley. WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and High...

Conservation groups ask Washington state to kill less wolves

May. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups on Monday asked the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to sharply limit the number of endangered wolves that are killed over conflicts with livestock. The state has killed 31 wolves since 2012, under a system that environmental groups contend favors ranchers...

In this Saturday May 2, 2020 photo flamingos fly in Narta Lagoon, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the Albanian capital of Tirana. Home confinement rules have angered and anguished some people in Albania, but humans getting their wings clipped during the coronavirus pandemic is allowing flamingos and other birds to flourish in a coastal lagoon by the Adriatic Sea. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

With fewer humans to fear, flamingos flock to Albania lagoon

May. 10, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

NARTA, Albania (AP) — Home confinement rules have upset some people in Albania, but humans getting their wings clipped during the coronavirus pandemic has allowed flamingos and other birds to flourish in a coastal lagoon by the Adriatic Sea. Local officials and residents say the flamingo population is up...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Wyoming and U.S. officials are urging an appeals court to reverse much of a judge's ruling that blocked state-sponsored hunting of the animals. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

US, Wyoming urge rejection of ruling that blocked bear hunts

May. 5, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the U.S. government and the state of Wyoming urged an appeals court Tuesday to throw out much of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case is before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals....

Group: Funds meant for chicken conservation misused

May. 1, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are questioning spending by wildlife managers who oversee a conservation effort for the lesser prairie chicken after money was used on a building and salaries rather than on projects to help the bird. Once listed as a threatened species, the chicken’s...

This undated photo of bleeding hearts taken in a residential garden near New Market, Va., are typical of the old standards commonly found in the grandmother's gardens that were popular landscape fixtures several generations ago. They consist of flower varieties frequently remembered from our childhoods and ancestral homes but that have grown unfashionable today. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

New love for pretty, old-fashioned Grandmother’s Gardens

Apr. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

Even before the coronavirus crisis sparked renewed interest in vegetable gardens and victory gardens, there’s been a movement toward more traditional gardening aesthetics. For example, there are what’s known as Grandmother’s Gardens. These old-fashioned, naturalistic flowerbeds rich in color...