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Madagascar, Conservation

Protected Areas Keep Madagascar's Conservation Vision on Track

The government of Madagascar has scored a significant victory for conservation by bringing one million hectares of wild landscapes and seascapes under protection to conserve the island nation's unique fauna and flora, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Ivory Billed, Woodpecker, Ecology

Searchers Key in on Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Habitat

The Big Woods of Arkansas provides rare suitable habitat for the ivory-billed woodpecker, including old-growth forest that was decimated from the southern United States after the Civil War.

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Green, Sturgeon

Oregon, Washington Fish, Wildlife Commissions Move to Protect Green Sturgeon

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Responding to recommendations to increase protection for the green sturgeon in coastal waters, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission recently voted to lower retention-size limits for commercial fisheries that harvest this species, an important step to ensuring a future for this living relic.

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Deer, Chronic Wasting Disease, Global Positioning System

Tracking Deer with GPS Combats Chronic Wasting Disease

Researchers using GPS technology will track 100 deer every five hours for a year in the hopes of discovering a link between their movement and the spread of chronic wasting disease.

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Black, BEAR, Hunters, GPS, Tracking, Habitat, DNR

WVU, Maryland DNR on the Trail of Black Bears, Hunters

West Virginia University and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are using cutting-edge technology to gain a better understanding of the state's black bear population.

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Leatherback, Seaturtle, Turtle, Rehabilitation, Rehab

Leatherback Seaturtle Rehabilitating at New England Aquarium

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The New England Aquarium is rehabilitating an endangered leatherback seaturtle. This marks the first time in 30 years that a live leatherback has been brought to the Aquarium. If rehabilitation efforts succeed, this may be only the second leatherback in history to be successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild, and the first for the Aquarium.

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Deer, tick, Lyme, Disease

Nation's Largest Deer Tick Control Effort Launched in Rhode Island

Thirty tick-killing bait stations were deployed last month in what is likely the largest tick control project in the nation. The bait stations are being used to kill Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks where they concentrate and are most vulnerable -- on deer.

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Biology, Chemical, Ecology, Chemistry, LIFE, Sciences

Book Details Weapons -- from Froth to Venom -- of Bugs

"Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions and Other Many-Legged Creatures" by Cornell University's Thomas and Maria Eisner and Emory University's Melody Siegler tells 69 stories about the defensive strategies of insects and other many-legged creatures.

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Animal Identification, National Animal Id System, Electronic Ear Tags, Montana Beef Network

Montana Researchers Find Answers to Animal ID Questions

Montana researchers have answered some of the questions about how a national animal ID program would work.

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Siberian, Tiger, Russia, Conservation, Wildlife, Feline

Housecat-Sized Siberian Tiger Cubs Get Collared

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Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and their Russian colleagues from the Russian Far East recently fitted three wild 40-day-old Siberian tiger cubs with tiny radio-collars, marking the youngest wild tigers to be tracked by scientists.

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Right, Whales, Endangered, Bay, Fundy, Shipping

New England Aquarium and Irving Oil Partner to Save Right Whales

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The New England Aquarium has named Irving as its Founding Corporate Research Partner for the protection of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Irving Oil and the New England Aquarium are working together to find practical, science-based solutions to problems facing right whales.

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Aquaculture, QPX, Shellfish, Clams, Genetic Testing

Genetic Test Can Detect Clam Disease Crippling Shellfish Industry

A sensitive new genetic test can now detect a crippling disease called QPX occurring in clam beds from Cape Cod south to Virginia and north to Canada. The disease can have a significant impact on a local economy by killing clams and devastating shellfish harvests and commercial aquaculture operations.

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Environmental Engineering, Controlling Exotic Species, Ozone

Stopping the Invasion of Zebra Mussels and Other Marine Exotics

An Iowa State University researcher is working to stop invasions of zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other exotic species that hitch rides in the ballast tanks of ships. The marine exotics can overwhelm native ecologies and cause billions in economic damage.

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Giraffe

Thar She Blows! The White Giraffe!

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What do an African researcher and the fictional character Captain Ahab have in common? Both were searching for a legendary white beast, and whereas Ahab searched for his white whale, Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Charles Foley sought"”and finally found"”his white giraffe.

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Grizzly, Bears, Give, BEAR, Canister, for, Campers, Real, test

Bronx Zoo Bears Are New Samsonite Gorillas

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In a scene reminiscent of the famous Samsonite luggage commercial when a gorilla puts the product's durability to the test, grizzly bears at the Bronx Zoo gave a bear-proof food canister designed for backpackers a real beating, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Primate, Africa, Logging, Ebola, Disease

Poaching, Logging Ebola Threaten Gorillas and Chimps

A combination of natural and man-made threats is killing gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa, and experts say $30 million is needed for special programs to save some of mankind's closest relatives from disappearing.

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Elephant, Pepper

Key to Elephant Conservation is in the Sauce

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What do hot sauce aficionados and African elephants have in common? They both feel the burn of chilli pepper, the key ingredient for resolving human-elephant conflicts in Africa while raising money for farmers and conservation.

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Turtle, Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Wildlife, Amphibian, Microchip

Rare Turtle Is Saved from the Soup-Pot by a Microchip

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An extremely rare "royal" turtle narrowly escaped a trip to a Chinese soup-pot, thanks to a tiny microchip implanted in its skin, according to experts from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Snow Leopards, Everest, Wildlife Ecology

Snow Leopards Return to the Top of the World

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University of Illinois at Chicago doctoral candidate has recently photographed two snow leopards on the Nepal side of Mount Everest, where they have not been seen since the 1960s.

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Tiger, Russia, Poaching, Conservation, Wildlife, Carnivore, Endangered Species

Legendary Siberian Tiger, Olga, Killed by Poachers

Olga, the first Siberian tiger ever fitted with a radio-collar, is dead, according to officials from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society, who have been tracking the big cat for the past 13 years.







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