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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Wildlife agency says silver carp reported in East Tennessee

Jan. 13, 2020 6:22 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received a report of invasive silver carp spotted in Chickamauga Lake. An angler told the agency a silver carp jumped into his boat as he deployed a trolling motor, according to a news release from the agency. The man said he saw another...

Volunteers remove invasive plants around Chicago area

Jan. 5, 2020 9:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Efforts to remove invasive plant species at eight Chicago-area forest preserves appears to be paying off, according to a volunteer restoration project. A project by the Centennial Volunteers has been targeting river-edge sites in Cook County. Group officials said native plants appear to be...

Invasive Asian giant hornet found in Washington state

Dec. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials are warning about the Asian giant hornet, a new invasive species found in Washington state that can pack a powerful sting and be a threat to honeybees. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said the bug was found in early December in Blaine, near the Canadian border. The...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan. Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted this week only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan River in Nobles County. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP File)

Invasive silver carp confirmed for 1st time in SW Minnesota

Dec. 20, 2019 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota after essentially sneaking into the state through the back door, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2004 file photo Mono Lake tufa towers are seen near Lee Vining, Calif. Thousands of California gulls that return each year to Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada are increasingly finding their nesting grounds crowded out by an invasive bush species. The 11,075 nests counted this year on the lake's islets were the fewest recorded over 34 years of study, the Los Angeles Times reported this week. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)

Invasive plant overgrowing gulls' Mono Lake nesting grounds

Dec. 19, 2019 4:15 PM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of California gulls that return each year to Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada are increasingly finding their nesting grounds crowded out by an invasive bush species. The 11,075 nests counted this year on the lake's islets were the fewest recorded over 34 years of...

Delaware firefly clears first hurdle to federal protection

Dec. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed an initial review and determined that a petition to add a firefly unique to Delaware to the Endangered Species list merits further examination. The service announced Wednesday that the petition to list the Bethany Beach firefly presented...

Spending bill would boost funding for Great Lakes cleanup

Dec. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A wide-ranging cleanup of the Great Lakes would receive a funding boost under a spending bill moving toward enactment in Congress. The measure, approved Tuesday by the House, includes $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The bill was sent to the Senate for a...

Hawaii County mayor vetoes bill to ban public herbicide use

Dec. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has vetoed a bill limiting use of weed-killing chemicals on public property. The Hawaii County Council passed the bill in November to ban the use of 30 herbicides over four years, which would have made the ban the first of its kind in Hawaii. The proposed...

Researchers visit Idaho to see if dogs can detect avian flu

Dec. 14, 2019 3:10 AM EST

HAGERMAN, Idaho (AP) — Dogs, known for their keen sense of smell, can detect things like illicit drugs, invasive species and even if someone is having a stroke. Now a team of researchers from Colorado State University are looking at whether canines may also be able to sense the presence of avian influenza....