Latest Zoology News

Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife...

Western Illinois University gets grant for bobcat research

Jul. 16, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a federal grant will help bolster Western Illinois University's research on the state's bobcat population. University officials announced a $375,000 two-year grant this week. It's coming from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The money will go to biological sciences...

Alachua County beekeepers struggle against mites

Jul. 13, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A recent national survey of beekeepers showed a significant loss rate of colonies, which may impact the future of commercial beekeeping. The annual survey from the Bee Informed Partnership found that 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter. This is about 9% higher than the...

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

Jul. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in "Finding Nemo," the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...

Researchers ask public to send photos of insects on alfalfa

Jul. 10, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Researchers from Utah State University are inviting residents to contribute to a project studying insects. The Herald Journal reports researchers from the university's biology department and ecology center are asking the public to take photos of insects on alfalfa plants and upload them...

Arkansas researchers count Mississippi River Delta turtles

Jul. 8, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has launched a three-year study to track aquatic turtles in the Mississippi River Delta to help inform officials if harvest restrictions are needed. Researchers have been trapping, marking and releasing nearly 100 turtles a day since May. They...

2 rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo

Jul. 8, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

DVUR KRALOVE, Czech Republic (AP) — Two Barbary lion cubs have been born in a Czech zoo, a welcome addition to a small surviving population of a rare lion subspecies that has been extinct in the wild. The pair, one male and one female, were born on May 10 in the Dvur Kralove park. Under the guidance of...

Researchers: Tracking Sioux Falls geese is 'organized chaos'

Jul. 8, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Researchers with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department are no strangers to managing the chaos of honking, kicking and flapping when catching a flock of Canadian geese. That commotion was found at several parks in Sioux Falls on June 20, when a team met to perform the...

Tiny woodpeckers causing big stir in South Carolina

Jul. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration, which has pushed to roll back an array of environmental laws, is moving to reduce endangered species protection for a tiny bird that once faced extinction in South Carolina and neighboring states. The red-cockaded woodpecker would no longer be...