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Loon hatches for 1st time in century in southeastern region

Jul. 10, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A loon hatched for the first time in more than century in southeastern Massachusetts thanks to a long-term effort to restore the traditional nesting grounds for the aquatic birds, wildlife officials said. The chick hatched this spring in Fall River, the Massachusetts Division of...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2009, file photo, logging equipment cuts down a tree near Reserve, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened Mexican spotted owl. First listed as threatened in the U.S. in 1993, the Mexican spotted owl is found in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, parts of West Texas, and Mexico. Regional officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the new understanding made public Wednesday. July 8, 2020, marked a positive step in an ongoing battle over the Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Agencies, group take 'step forward' with Mexican owl talks

Jul. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations among environmentalists and state and federal officials in Arizona and New Mexico have resulted in a set of recommendations and other provisions that environmentalists say will help protect the threatened Mexican spotted owl while allowing forest thinning projects to...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for Pascagoula map turtles, found only in Mississippi, and Pearl River map turtles, found in Mississippi and Louisiana. (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

Jul. 7, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and...

K-State researchers get $1M to improve wheat diversity

Jun. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will focus on studying and cultivating a genetic species of wheat...

Big fish are getting bigger in Pittsburgh’s rivers

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — While speeding over the bridges that cross the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, have you ever peeked over the railing and wondered what’s down there? Just a few decades ago, the rivers ran orange and smelled like rotten eggs. Only the most pollution-tolerant wildlife could...

State commission rejects petition to limit killing of wolves

Jun. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A petition that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves that prey on livestock was rejected Friday by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The petition was filed in May by four conservation groups who sought to prevent conflicts that have led to...

Nevada groundwater order could help save endangered fish

Jun. 19, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say Nevada's unprecedented interpretation of state water laws to restrict groundwater pumping for development in the desert northeast of Las Vegas could help prevent the extinction of a tiny endangered fish. The order that the state engineer issued this week in a...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video call on dealing with the aftermath of a fuel spill in the Arctic at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2020. A power plant in Norilsk leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region last month, fouling waterways in the area. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin orders officials to fully clean Arctic fuel spill area

Jun. 19, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government Friday to fully repair environmental damage from a massive fuel leak in the Arctic. A power plant in the Siberian city of Norilsk leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region, the worst such accident in decades....

Enviros sue to stop Trump changes to Atlantic Ocean monument

Jun. 17, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has sued to stop the Trump administration from rolling back Obama-era conservation measures in the Atlantic Ocean. The groups filed their lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday in an effort to protect Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National...

US delays repairs for Idaho road in grizzly bear habitat

Jun. 10, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials will delay the repair of an impassable northern Idaho road in important grizzly bear habitat near the Canadian border because of a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Work to reopen about 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the dirt...