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2009-10-07 11:40:39

Serious hikers and backpackers tend to become supporters of environmental and conservation groups while casual woodland tourists do not, a new study says -- and a recent fall-off in strenuous outdoor endeavors portends a coming decline in the ranks of conservation backers. Oliver Pergams, visiting research assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Patricia Zaradic, director of the Red Rock Institute in Pennsylvania, made headlines in early 2008...

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2009-09-08 13:42:49

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other groups reveals how oil development in the Artic is impacting some bird populations by providing "subsidized housing" to predators, which nest and den around drilling infrastructure and supplement their diets with garbage "“ and nesting birds. Oil development has attracted populations of opportunistic predators including Arctic fox, ravens, and gulls, which feed on nesting birds. The predators use...

2009-09-02 13:56:17

A lot of variables come into play when selecting a site for environmental conservation that yields benefits to people nearby such as wildlife needs, species and vegetation uniqueness, and costs to the government or community. When faced with a choice, University of Illinois researchers found that society and the environment can be better off if conservation agents choose sites that are closer to people because people are more willing to financially support something close to them. In their...

2009-08-06 17:42:00

NEWTOWN, Conn., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to an announcement today regarding a National Parks Service program encouraging hunters to voluntarily switch to alternative ammunition, the National Shooting Sports Foundation rejected NPS's categorization of traditional ammunition as a health threat. NSSF is offering to work with the National Park Service to develop measures to educate hunters about steps they can take to prevent scavengers from ingesting lead fragments of...

2009-07-30 14:48:00

Reps. Cardoza, Costa championed new Farm Bill partnership programs, enabling coalition of growers and conservationists to secure funds WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley will be eligible for more than $2.6 million in funds this year under two new farm bill conservation partnership programs this year to tackle some of the region's most pressing environmental problems. The awards will be renewable for several years, likely bringing the...

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2009-06-23 13:06:19

A U.S. study has determined sport hunters are depleting lion and cougar populations in both the United States and Africa. The study, led by University of Minnesota Professor Craig Packer, looked at the number of lions and cougars killed by hunters during the past 15 to 25 years in Africa and the western United States. The analysis suggests sport hunting takes a significant toll on the large feline species because replacement males routinely kill their predecessors' cubs to improve their...

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2009-04-24 11:32:47

Conservationists are warning that traditional fruit orchards are vanishing from England's landscape, causing serious consequences for wildlife, BBC News reported. Some 60 percent have disappeared since the 1950s, putting local varieties of apples, cherries, pears, plums and damsons under threat, according to surveys from the National Trust. The Trust is now investing half a million dollars in a drive to reverse the decline of the orchards, which provide important habitats for species such as...

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2009-03-03 12:54:12

Conservationists said on Tuesday that Papua New Guinea has created its first conservation area to save an untouched rainforest larger than Singapore and to protect rare animals such as a bear-like tree kangaroo, Reuters reported. Environmentalists hope conservation of the remote eastern Huon Peninsula will also lock away 13 million tons of carbon "” possibly even tradeable carbon offsets to help fund local communities. Lisa Dabek of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, who runs the zoo's tree...

2008-11-10 21:00:07

Conservation groups say proposed rules for governing Colorado's eight national forests expose too much land to roads and development. The proposed rule would open at least 300,000 acres to roads for utility lines, oil and natural gas development, coal mining, tree harvesting and ski resorts, The Denver Post reported Monday. "The risk is turning back country into front country," said Chris Hunt, a spokesman for Trout Unlimited, noting his group's analysis found 75 of the 79 areas in...

2008-10-20 12:00:17

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced that Roger Samba has been named the winner of the 2008 J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership. The annual award honors outstanding contributions to international conservation and carries with it a $200,000 prize. As the president of the remote village of Andavadoaka in southwestern Madagascar, and with no conservation background, Samba organized the world's first community run no-take zone for octopus, a local species of critical economic...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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