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2009-06-11 09:05:00

Reindeer and caribou populations are declining around the world, from Alaska and Canada, to Greenland, Scandinavia and Russia. The iconic deer is incredibly important to indigenous groups in the north. However, it is growing trickier for the deer to live in a world growing hotter from climate change and changed by industrial development. Reindeer and caribou all belong to the same species, Rangier tarandus. Caribou live in Canada, Alaska and Greenland, while reindeer live in Russia, Norway,...

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2009-06-03 14:45:00

The bitter debate over gray wolves in Wyoming and Montana will be decided by a pair of federal judges that will determine which states in the Northern Rockies have enough wolves to allow public hunting. According to the Associated Press, a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by environmental groups will seek to restore protections for more than 1,300 wolves in Montana and Idaho. In April, the Obama administration upheld a Bush-era decision to take wolves off the endangered species list in those two...

2009-05-28 12:20:30

The cuckoo has joined Britain's red list of endangered birds, researchers said Thursday. Boasting an unmistakable two-note call and noted as a traditional harbinger of spring, the cuckoo has joined 51 other species of birds considered to be in danger of dying out, The Daily Telegraph reported. The assessment comes from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds that added the cuckoo to the endangered for the first time along with such birds as the lapwing, tree pipit, wood warbler, yellow...

2009-05-18 09:15:58

An international team of scientists has identified a nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, West Africa as the world's largest. The research, published in the May issue of Biological Conservation, involved country-wide land and aerial surveys that estimated a population of between 15,730 and 41,373 female turtles using the nesting beaches. The study highlights the importance of conservation work to manage key sites and protected areas in Gabon.Leatherbacks are of profound...

2009-04-20 09:27:00

Organizations Use the Internet to Mobilize While Reducing Environmental Impact TORONTO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- This Earth Day millions of people around the world will stop and do something good for the planet. What started as a grassroots demonstration in 1970 has grown into worldwide phenomena with participants from more than 170 countries. While Earth Day may have gone global, it still remains a grassroots movement made up of local initiatives focused on improving the environment. As...

2009-03-25 12:20:01

A U.S.-led study has documented for the first time how bats land and the scientists discovered that not all bats land in the same manner. The Brown University-led researchers said their findings offer new insights into how the Earth's second-largest order of mammals evolved. Daniel Riskin, lead author of the study, said the scientists studied the landing approaches of three species of bats -- two that live in caves and one that roosts in trees. The team filmed each species of bat as it...

2009-01-27 16:07:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2009-10, including a new hunting hour table for the new license year. The public may offer comments on all proposed 2009-10 seasons and bag limits, as well as other Board actions, between now and the Board's next meeting, April 20-21, at which time the Board will finalize seasons and bag limits for 2009-10....

2008-12-05 07:00:00

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Family-owned Kendall-Jackson Winery today announced a limited "green" holiday gift that offers an opportunity to adopt a wooden barn owl nesting box located on Kendall-Jackson'sHawkeye Mountain. The gift package includes wines made from grapes grown in the same vineyards the barn owls guard. Kendall-Jackson partnered with Marin-based non-profit Hungry Owl Project (hungryowl.org) to craft 100 boxes made from recycled and donated materials....

2008-10-29 00:00:12

Wildlands, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of Laguna Terrace East Conservation Bank in Sacramento County, California. The 200-acre Laguna Terrace East Conservation Bank will permanently preserve habitat for endangered and threatened vernal pool species and the state threatened Swainson's hawk. Conservation bank credits are available now to be purchased by the development community and public sector to fulfill obligations required under federal, state, and county regulations such...

2008-10-06 08:15:00

By Bob Frye Pennsylvania routinely attracts a lot of non-resident hunters, but some of the most spectacular ones to show up this fall will be a breed apart. They'll be an entire species apart, in fact. Over the next few weeks, golden eagles -- magnificent birds whose wings can span 87 inches -- will begin migrating through Pennsylvania. They'll start to show up in noticeable numbers in mid- to late October, with the peak of the migration coming in November. If you don't know a lot about...


Latest Biota Reference Libraries

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...

Bosnian pine, Pinus heldreichii
2014-02-21 15:23:20

Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) can be found in the mountains of Bosnia, Albania, northern Greece, and in southern Italy. The Bosnian pine is native to the Balkan Mountains. The Bosnian pine is a hard pine and grows in altitudes of 3,000-8,200 feet. This tree grows to heights of 82-115 feet with a trunk that measures 6 feet 7 inches in diameter. The needles grow in bundles of two and measure 1.8-3.9 inches long. The cones are dark blue-purple in spring and ripen to brown 16-18 months later,...

Pukatea, Laurelia novae-zelandiae
2014-02-14 11:13:02

Laurelia novae-zelandiae is a evergreen tree species. The plant may also be referred to as Pukatea. The species comes from the Atherospermataceae family. L. novae-zelandiae can be found growing naturally only in the forests of New Zealand. Laurelia novae-zelandiae plants typically grow up to 131 feet tall. The species is found commonly growing in swamp or shallow soiled areas and a specialized root structure, known as pneumatophores, assists with respiration in the waterlogged, muddy...

Helicopter tree, Gyrocarpus americanus
2014-02-14 10:09:47

Gyrocarpus americanus is a flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Helicopter Tree, the Propeller Tree, the Whirly Whirly Tree, the Stinkwood or the Shitwood. G. americanus belongs to the Hernandiaceae family. This species has eight subspecies currently recognized. Gyrocarpus americanus plants grow up to 39 feet tall and it is fairly slender in diameter. The tree’s bark is grey in color and has a smooth texture. The plant produces ovate, lobed leaves...

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