"Before lawmakers could agree to a $1.1 trillion, last-minute deal to avoid shutting down the U.S. government, they first had to deal with a couple of birds."
"A rust-colored shorebird known for a nearly 20,000-mile migration will now receive federal protection, setting the stage for states to coordinate preservation plans for the dwindling species."
"Prince William will begin his US tour by branding the illegal wildlife trade as one of the most “insidious forms of corruption” in the world. The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in New York last night for a three-day visit that has generated much excitement among New Yorkers."
"Federal wildlife managers on Friday declined to upgrade protections for a population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana that numbers fewer than 50, and which conservationists say are going extinct."
A new study overturns conventional ideas about wolf management and predation.
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"EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. — This year's effort to collect wildflower and grass seeds from surviving prairie remnants has wrapped up."
"A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril."
"The Interior Department is scrambling to meet a September 2015 deadline to avert an Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage grouse -- what some Westerners warn would be a political and economic disaster."
"Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to be a large-scale die-off of young Cassin’s auklets, small seabirds whose breeding grounds include a colony in the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco."