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2011-12-14 03:54:16

Many of the animal species at risk of extinction in the United States have not made it onto the country's official Endangered Species Act (ESA) list, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. National "red lists" are used by many countries to evaluate and protect locally threatened species. The ESA is one of the best known national lists and arguably the world's most effective biodiversity protection law. A study - now published in Conservation Letters - has compared...

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2009-06-18 13:47:08

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the marbled murrelet in Washington, Oregon and California should remain protected as a threatened species. On Wednesday, the agency said that it finished its five-year review of the small seabirds that nest in old trees.  The federal biologist found that the birds in the three states are a distinct population that continues to fall due to a wide variety of threats. Although the birds reside from California to Alaska's Aleutian Islands,...


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2006-02-23 12:47:58

The Kittlitz's Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) is a small auk found in the waters off Alaska and Eastern Siberia. This critically endangered species is, like the closely related Marbled Murrelet, is not colonial. Instead it chooses to nest in isolated locations on mountain tops, where the nests were known to Native Americans for many years before skeptical ornithologists described and photographed them. It is a poorly known and little studied species, although concern over its status...

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2005-06-01 21:37:12

The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small seabird from the North Pacific. This unusual member of the auk family nests far inland in old growth forests instead of in colonies close to shore. Its habit of nesting in trees was not known until a tree-climber found a chick in 1974. >br> The Marbled Murrelet and the closely related Kittlitz's Murrelet are thought to have experienced declines in numbers recently. Their decline and association with forests have made them a...

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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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