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2006-02-14 14:39:54

As thousands of pink-footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) prepare for their spring migration north to breeding grounds in the Arctic, ecologists are warning that the escalating conflict between farmers and the geese is threatening the birds' survival. Writing in the new issue of the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, Professor Marcel Klaassen of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology says that international action is urgently required. Farmers in northern- and mid-Norway...

2006-02-07 09:53:49

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge heard arguments Monday over whether a vast irrigation project intended to help farmers in eastern Arkansas will harm the rare ivory-billed woodpecker. U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson was asked by environmentalists to temporarily stop the Grand Prairie Irrigation Project and order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct more environmental studies on the bird's habitat. The judge said he would rule as soon as possible and might have a telephone...

2005-12-12 12:25:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- It has starred in a video, been widely recorded and graced the cover of a prestigious magazine. But to dispel any doubt the ivory-billed woodpecker -- the Elvis of the bird world -- is back from extinction, searchers are combing a corner of Arkansas in an intensive six-month hunt. On foot, in canoes and kayaks, even using cherry-picker vehicles that tower over the forest canopy, teams of volunteers and paid workers have been looking for traces of the big...

2005-11-09 15:25:41

By Scott Reycraft TORONTO (Reuters) - Scientists are inviting schoolkids around the globe to visit with Canadian polar bears in a series of Internet video conferences from the self-styled Polar Bear Capital of the World. The schools project is one of a several organized by conservation group Polar Bears International, which is based in the northern Canadian city of Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of Hudson Bay. The group also funds school visits by scientists to talk about the...

2005-10-03 11:59:58

GENEVA (Reuters) - Greece is pushing a unique marine turtle species toward extinction by allowing uncontrolled tourism development on Zakynthos island, the WWF conservation group said on Monday. Over the past summer the Zakynthos National Marine Park, a protected nesting ground for the turtles, had been "irreparably damaged" by the tourist flow, the WWF said in a statement issued from its headquarters near Geneva. "Greek authorities have done little to halt the flagrant abuse within...

2005-09-30 06:02:08

ALMATY (Reuters) - The United States will ban imports of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea from Friday because of concerns that the fish may die out in the wild, an environmental campaign group said. The numbers of beluga, the rarest and most valuable sturgeon which produces the tastiest caviar, have fallen by an estimated 90 percent in the past 20 years as a result of overfishing, pollution and illegal trade, experts say. The United States imports 60 percent of the world's beluga...

2005-09-06 08:15:33

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday. Bonobos, the rarest of all the great apes, are being killed in large numbers by bands of gunmen two years after the vast central African country's most recent war officially ended. "In 1980, there were about 100,000 bonobos in Congo. In...

2005-08-04 17:04:37

NEW YORK -- Sea turtles that receive the highest protection in Costa Rica and other neighboring countries are dying by the thousands at the hands of unregulated - and unsustainable - commercial fishing in Nicaragua, according to a study by the Bronx Zoo based Wildlife Conservation Society. The study, appearing in the latest issue of the journal Herpetologica, found that turtles tagged in Nicaragua have only little more than a 50 percent chance of surviving until the next year. This includes...

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2005-08-02 10:07:57

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Audio recordings of the ivory-billed woodpecker's distinctive double-rap have convinced doubting researchers that the large bird once thought extinct is still living in an east Arkansas swamp. Last month, a group of ornithologists had questioned the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker, last sighted in 1944. They said blurry videotape of a bird in flight wasn't enough evidence. So a Cornell University researcher who was part of the team that announced the bird's...

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2005-07-23 09:58:48

BOSTON -- More than eight in 10 right whale deaths may be going undiscovered, according to marine scientists who called for emergency action to help prevent humans from accidentally killing the rare animal. In an article published in the journal Science, researchers estimated that deaths of North Atlantic right whales may be underreported by as much as 83 percent annually. At least eight whales have died in the last 16 months, and only 350 of the animals are believed to exist. There isn't...


Latest Biota Reference Libraries

Ocote Pine, Pinus oocarpa
2014-05-16 09:55:29

Ocote pine (Pinus oocarpa) is native to Mexico and Central America. This tree is also known as the Mexican yellow pine, hazelnut pine, pino Amarillo, and pino avellano. This pine is closely related to the pinus greggii and pinus patula. This pine grows at altitudes of 3000-7000 feet above sea level while in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua it grows at lower altitudes of 2600 feet. In poor soils, the tree will only grow between 32.8 and 49.2 feet tall and up to 39.3 feet in shallow soil...

Michoacan Pine, Pinus devoniana, needles and male flower
2014-04-27 08:19:00

Michoacan Pine (Pinus devoniana) is found in Mexico from S. Sinaloa to Chiapas and Guatemala in the montane forest, which is one level below the subalpine zone found around the globe.  The temperature within the montane is between 43 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit. The location of the Michoacan pine will change with the climate change and grow in the warmer regions. Michoacan pine grows at elevations of 2953 and 8202 feet above sea level in warm to subtropical climates. This pine requires an...

Sumatran Pine, Pinus merkusii
2014-04-17 13:47:45

Sumatran pine (pinus merkusii) is an evergreen native to Southeast Asia, primarily in Indonesia and in the mountains of northern Sumatra. Stands of Sumatran pine can also be found in Mount Kerinci and Mount Talang in central Sumatra, on Mindoro in the Philippines, and in western Luzon in the Zambales mountains. The Sumatra pine is the only species of the Pinaceae family growing south of the equator. The Sumatra pine grows primarily at altitudes of 1,300-4,900 feet but can grow as low as...

Basuto-Pony
2014-04-10 09:46:37

The Basuto Pony  is a breed from South Africa improved from the bloodline of Arabian and Persian horses. In 1653, four horses were imported to South Africa from the Dutch East India Trading Company. The exact breed of them is unknown, but may have been either Arabian or Persian. The original horse became the Cape Horse which could possibly also be the Basuto, but with the cross breeding of Arabian and other breeds the Basuto Pony remained small and the Cape grew larger. Because of the...

Austrian Pine, Pinus nigra
2014-02-26 10:11:45

Austrian pine (Pinus nigra), also known as the European Black Pine, grows in southern Mediterranean Europe from Spain to the Crimea, in Asia Minor and on Corsica/Cyprus. This pine can also be found in North Africa in the high mountains. The Austrian pine grows from sea level up to 6,600 feet and is most prevalent at the 820 – 5,200 foot level. This tree is considered to be an invasive species in New Zealand. The Austrian pine is an evergreen growing 66-180 feet tall growing as much as...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
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