Endangered Species

Scientists Can Track Origin of Shark Fins Using DNA Zip Coding

An international team of scientists has used DNA to determine that groups of dusky sharks and copper sharks living in different coastal regions across the globe are separate populations of each species.

Asian elephants are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution.

Circus President, Former Employee Charged in Asian Elephant Purchase

Tina and Jewel, two Asian elephants owned by the circus, are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Study Finds Climate Change May Threaten Wolverine Population

The aggressive wolverine may not be powerful enough to survive climate change in the contiguous United States, according to new research by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Wind Power Buildout Could Kill Millions of Birds, Conservation Group Says

We need more data, the American Bird Conservancy said, adding that environmental oversight or assessment can help developers be certain that significant numbers of birds will not be harmed.


Cocaine Production Quickens Destruction Of Colombia's Rainforests

A new study provides evidence that cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rain forests in Colombia.

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Obama Earns Average Grade on Environment, Group Says

Two year's into his term, Obama gets good grades for greenhouse gas endangerment finding but poor ones for endangered species from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Biological Diversity, PAN Sue EPA to Protect Species from Pesticides

The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network claim that the agency has failed to properly protect more than 200 endangered and threatened species from harmful pesticides.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Is Delisting Maguire Daisy

Over the last 25 years, federal agencies have worked to bring the plant's population from seven to 163,000.

Without Intervention, Mariana Crow Would Go Extinct in 75 Years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years, almost twice as soon as previously believed.

Growing Hypoxic Zones Reduce Habitat for Billfish and Tuna

Billfish and tuna, important commercial and recreational fish species, may be more vulnerable to fishing pressure because of shrinking habitat according to a new study.

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Images from Aerial Drones Help Monitor Arctic Seal Population

A novel project that uses cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft flying over the Arctic is serving double duty: Not only is it assessing the characteristics of declining sea ice, but it’s also using the same aerial photos to pinpoint seals that have hauled up on ice floes.

Penn. Joins Wildlife Violator Compact, Stiffening Poaching Penalties

On Jan. 1, 2011, Pennsylvania will become the 36th member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, under which the convicted wildlife violators will stand to lose their hunting privileges in all states enrolled in the compact, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

USGS: Global Warming-Caused Sea-Ice Loss Not Irreversible

Sea-ice habitats essential to polar bears would likely respond positively should countries curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

NOAA Restricts Fishing in Aleutian Islands to Protect Steller Sea Lions

NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued its final interim rule to reduce commercial fishing for groundfish stocks in the Aleutian Islands in an effort to provide more food for the endangered western Steller sea lion.

Bouchard Transportation Agrees to $6M Settlement for Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Damages

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. and its affiliates will pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state natural resource damages claims for the April 2003 spill of up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay, according to the Department of Justice.

World Governments Agree on Zero Extinction Target

An Alliance for Zero Extention map poinpoints sites where endangered wildlife are located and could be used to identify places that need habitat protection.

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Expedition Discovers Unique Titi Monkey in the Amazon

Javier Garcia found 13 groups of the species using a GPS and listening for their distinctive calls.

Birds and other wildlife are being cleaned after Enbridge oil spill

Update: Enbridge President Says Company Is Committed to Cleanup

The company is working with Focus Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to minimize the impact on birds and wildlife in the area. A bird and wildlife rehabilitation center is now operational.

EcoDogs Sniff Out Endangered Species

Training dogs to identify specific animal excrement, Auburn University is gathering data on species having the greatest conservation need.


NOAA Tests Shellfish for Eventual Damage Assessment of BP Spill

Data of unaffected waters is critical to measuring ecological impact of Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill; agency also determines fishery disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.