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‘Missing piece’ of historic Bay Area land to open to public

Oct. 19, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired an historic farm in the San Francisco Bay Area that will allow public access to thousands of acres of land crucial to saving wildlife such as the red-legged frog and the golden eagle, according to a newspaper report Monday. Often referred to...

Michigan man loses hunting license over wildlife crimes

Oct. 17, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man will serve a jail sentence and lose his hunting license permanently after pleading guilty to wildlife crimes for killing wolves and bald eagles in the Upper Peninsula. Kurt Duncan was sentenced to 90 days in jail after making a plea deal in a Chippewa County...

Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...

South Dakota man gets probation in eagle trafficking case

Oct. 15, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused in a widespread case involving the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds has been sentenced to five years of probation and order to pay thousands of dollars to a wildlife group. Troy Fairbanks, 57, of Rapid City, was among 30 people and...

2004 National Medal of Arts recipient John Ruthven dies

Oct. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — John Ruthven, a wildlife artist, naturalist, author, and lecturer, has died. He was 95. Ruthven, the 2004 National Medal of Arts recipient who was called the “20th Century Audubon,” died Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Ruthven used some of the same...

Crews erect secluded nesting pole for human-shy osprey pair

Oct. 11, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An osprey pair has a new, secluded residence in southern Indiana thanks to crews who installed a 45-foot-tall pole topped with the makings of a nest in the Fairfax State Recreation Area. For the past two years, the raptors have used a different 30-foot nesting pole at the...

Water levels, visitors take toll on Presque Isle State Park

Oct. 10, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — It was a spring and summer overflowing with change at Presque Isle State Park. Record-high Lake Erie water levels inundated portions of the peninsula, heavily eroded beaches and areas near vital infrastructure, led to the toppling of cottonwood trees and altered how some animal species...

In this June 2017 photo taken in the ACE Basin region of South Carolina and provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, a male black rail offers an insect to a female as part of their courtship behaviors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms with climate change.  (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

Oct. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms...

FILE - This March 1, 2010 file photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a bi-state sage grouse, rear, as he struts for a female at a lek, or mating ground, near Bridgeport, Calif. Citing the government's repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades, conservationists are suing again to try to force the federal listing of the bi-state sage grouse along the California-Nevada line. The Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's the latest move in a legal and regulatory battle that dates to the first petition to list the bird in 2001 under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Suit seeks to force listing of bistate grouse on NV-CA line

Oct. 5, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Citing the government’s repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades, conservationists are suing again to try to force the federal listing of the bi-state sage grouse along the California-Nevada line. The Western Watersheds...

North Carolina woman celebrates outdoors career, heritage

Oct. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Lucia Ibarra was growing up in Las Mochis, Mexico, near the Gulf of California, she felt most at home running barefoot, climbing trees, playing in the ocean, and laughing with the sheep and horses on her mother’s ranch. “Since I was a kid I loved nature. My culture...