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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Signage war will just sow more confusion about gas taxes If the courts side with the Illinois legislature, by the end of next week signs could be popping up at gas stations all over the state. They will explain...

Florida team hauls in 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python

Jun. 22, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kilograms), was nearly 18 feet long (5 meters) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 20, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News. June 18, 2022. Editorial: Texas must protect its mountain lions and ban footholds “There’s a mountain lion somewhere right now stuck in a trap.” A group of landowners and biologists is lobbying the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

Researchers hope fireflies will aid robot communication

Jun. 19, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Colorado are studying the Great Smoky Mountains' synchronous fireflies to determine whether understanding the way they communicate could help with developing robot communication. The fireflies "need to solve complex...

Researchers warn of threats to Bethany Beach Firefly

Jun. 18, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — The twinkles of light that meander about on locations like Bethany Beach could be snuffed out permanently, state and federal researchers warn, if the rare firefly is not further protected. The diminutive but bright Bethany Beach Firefly measures only 9.0...

Ravenous worm species disrupting Conn.'s forest ecosystem

Jun. 12, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A ravenous species of earthworm has arrived in Connecticut with the potential to cause all sorts of damage to forests and wildlife. The so-called “jumping worms” can destabilize the soil and make it harder for some plants to grow, state scientist Gale...

Miller moths migrating into Colorado's Front Range cities

Jun. 04, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Millions of moths have begun migrating into Colorado Front Range cities, a climate-driven seasonal surge that bug scientists say will reach an exceptional intensity this year, from now until around early July when moths fly up to the mountains. They play a key...

New book provides guide to birding in Alabama

May. 28, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Marc Parnell, an accomplished ornithologist, was born in Greenville, North Carolina, but flew that coop and now resides in Ohio. In February, Parnell released “Birds of Alabama,” one of many birding field guides he has in print. ’Birds of Alabama” offers...

Survey: Chesapeake's crab population at lowest since 1990

May. 19, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is estimated to be at the lowest level observed since an annual survey tracking the population began in 1990, officials announced Thursday. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge...

Montana State researchers documenting state's bee population

May. 07, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Just off south 19th Avenue near Montana State University is an unassuming building that houses seven rooms filled with the Montana Entomology Collection, some specimens dating back over 100 years. Within those rooms is an ongoing project to document the species of bees...