Latest Nature reserves News

Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

Jan. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their pointy teeth and scrubbing their scaly hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. Diesel...

New California wildlife preserve gives animals room to roam

Jan. 03, 2022 20:04 PM EST

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Mountain lions, eagles, salamanders and other protected animals will have room to roam without threat of encroaching development thanks to a vast new nature preserve that creates a wildlife corridor connecting Northern and Southern California. The Randall...

Conservation group lands $1M to protect biodiverse forest

Jan. 02, 2022 09:48 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group has landed a $1 million gift aimed at protecting and improving a central Indiana nature preserve that’s part of one of the state’s most biodiverse forested areas. The donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family to the...

Proposed KSC site raises concern with environmentalists

Dec. 27, 2021 15:07 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Environmentalists are raising some concerns about a proposed launch and landing site in Florida for Space X. The proposed 175-acre site would be at the north end of Kennedy Space Center, wedged between the historic pads built for moon rockets and...

$1M donation to help expand protected Indiana woodland

Dec. 25, 2021 09:24 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group plans to use a $1 million donation to help reforestation work and add property to a 700-acre (283-hectare) woodland it protects in central Indiana. The Central Indiana Land Trust said the donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their...

Nature reserve buys ranch, grows to more than 700 sq miles

Dec. 20, 2021 18:02 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A privately-owned nature reserve that's trying to build a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can freely roam on the U.S. Northern Plains says it is purchasing a 50-square mile ranch that abuts the Charles M. Russel National Wildlife refuge. ...

California commission OKs poisoning plan for wildlife refuge

Dec. 17, 2021 21:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to poison invasive mice threatening rare seabirds on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The agency that regulates California's coastline voted 5-3 Thursday night to approve a plan to drop about...

Indiana may soon get its 2nd underwater shipwreck preserve

Dec. 11, 2021 00:06 AM EST

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — More than a century ago, townspeople wearied of looking at the fire-torched hull of the SS Muskegon, which had been abandoned in the Michigan City marina. So they dragged it out into Lake Michigan and sank it. Now the shipwreck of the...

From grime to crumbling masonry, US parks get a makeover

Dec. 09, 2021 19:10 PM EST

Near the Tidal Basin in Washington, crews have cleaned grime off the white marble exterior of the Jefferson Memorial and fixed cracked stone to prevent falling debris. At the Statue of Liberty, plans are in the works to waterproof the exterior of the massive stone fort built in 1807 that serves as...

Thai court affirms tycoon's prison sentence for poaching

Dec. 08, 2021 07:05 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a three-year, two-month prison sentence for a top construction tycoon in connection with a poaching incident in a wildlife sanctuary in which a black panther was shot and cooked over a campfire. Premchai Karnasuta is...