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Newborn Manatee Death Numbers Jump in 2008

Newborn Manatee Death Numbers Jump in 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – A record number of 101 newborn manatees died in Florida waters last year, according to biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. The biologists say the high number of newborn deaths in 2008 may have resulted from a higher number of…

EPA Awards $1.17 Million to Improve Midwestern Wetlands

EPA Awards $1.17 Million to Improve Midwestern Wetlands

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded six grants, totaling $1,174,834, for wetland protection and management projects in Region 7, which encompasses the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. “Protecting our nation’s wetlands is a top priority for EPA,” said Region 7 Administrator John Askew. “These…

Elegant, Endangered Whoopers Appear in Kansas

Elegant, Endangered Whoopers Appear in Kansas

PRATT, Kansas, November 6, 2008 (ENS) – The whooping cranes are back. Each year, some of these birds – the largest and rarest of North American cranes – make a stop in central Kansas, at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, near Great Bend, or at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles south of Cheyenne Bottoms.…

Six Dead as Tropical Storm Fay Lingers in Florida

Six Dead as Tropical Storm Fay Lingers in Florida

MIAMI, Florida, August 22, 2008 (ENS) – Floridians wish Fay would just go away, but the stubborn tropical storm that never became a hurricane is still hanging around and making life miserable across the northwestern part of the state. At 5 pm local time, the center of the storm was about 50 miles north of…

Pain at the Pump Raises Support for Domestic Drilling

Pain at the Pump Raises Support for Domestic Drilling

WASHINGTON, DC, July 7, 2008 (ENS) – As gas prices soar to record highs across the United States, public support for more energy exploration is also rising, according to a new public opinion poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. A few months ago, fewer Americans gave a high…

Bush, McCain Would Lift Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

Bush, McCain Would Lift Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – President George W. Bush today called on Congress to expand domestic oil production to lower record high oil and gas prices by lifting a ban on oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Drilling for oil offshore is one of four…

Migratory Bird Wetland Habitat Expanded With Duck Stamp Dollars

Migratory Bird Wetland Habitat Expanded With Duck Stamp Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – The federal Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $4 million to purchase more than 18,000 acres of prairie wetland and grassland habitat for the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota In one of the largest purchases to use dollars generated by Federal Duck Stamp sales and…

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2008 (ENS) – A petition by environmental groups seeking renewed protection for a miniature Southwestern owl has presented enough new information to persuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the bird deserves to be considered for relisting as an endangered species. The agency announced Friday that it will now conduct…

10 Most Imperiled U.S. Wildlife Refuges All at Risk of Politics

10 Most Imperiled U.S. Wildlife Refuges All at Risk of Politics

WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2008 (ENS) – National Wildlife Refuges are supposed to shelter wild animals and plants but many refuges themselves are under siege, according to a new survey of refuge managers and staff by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a service organization assisting federal and state workers in natural resource agencies. The…

James Taylor Sings for the Birds

James Taylor Sings for the Birds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, May 18, 2008 (ENS) – When James Taylor picks up his guitar and sings in Virginia Beach on Thursday, May 22, he will be singing in part to protect land for migratory birds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Taylor will donate a portion of the proceeds from the benefit concert to…

Navy Withdraws Plan for Jet Runway Near Wildlife Refuge

Navy Withdraws Plan for Jet Runway Near Wildlife Refuge

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – Lacking political, environmental or local support, the U.S. Navy has announced it is abandoning plans to build an outlying landing field to train jet pilots in Washington and Beaufort counties in North Carolina adjacent to the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and its tens of thousands…

Earth First! Blockades Florida Power Plant Construction, 27 Arrested

Earth First! Blockades Florida Power Plant Construction, 27 Arrested

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida, February 19, 2008 (ENS) – Early Monday morning, a dozen activitists protesting the construction of Florida Power & Light’s West County Energy Center locked themselves together through metal pipes as 200 supporters rallied around them at the main entrance of the construction site. The blockade stopped work at the site for…

Recovery Starts for Most Endangered U.S. Waterbird

Recovery Starts for Most Endangered U.S. Waterbird

MIDWAY ATOLL, Near Hawaii, January 3, 2007 (ENS) – The rarest native waterfowl in the United States, a species of duck called the Laysan teal, has increased its numbers five-fold over the past year at a rat-free refuge that was once part of its historic range. Biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish…

Fish and Wildlife Service Claims Sacramento River Islands

Fish and Wildlife Service Claims Sacramento River Islands

SACRAMENTO, California, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – Two islands in the Sacramento River owned by the federal government have been closed to filing of new mining claims and are proposed to be withdrawn from the general land laws and transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Todd Island…

Texas Coastal Wind Farms May Put Birds at Risk

Texas Coastal Wind Farms May Put Birds at Risk

HOUSTON, Texas, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – Two wind power projects under construction in Kenedy County, Texas will pose a threat to migratory and resident birds and bats, according to a scientific study released today by the Coastal Habitat Alliance. The two projects, both being built on private ranch land, will be the first wind…

Whooping Cranes Reach Texas in Record Numbers

Whooping Cranes Reach Texas in Record Numbers

AUSTIN, Texas, December 12, 2007 (ENS) – For the fifth year in a row, a recordbreaking number of whooping cranes have completed their winter migration to the Coastal Bend area of Texas, according to state wildlife scientists. So far, 257 whoopers have reached Texas, breaking the previous count of 237 birds that were present last…