Month: June 2015

June 30, 2015

Waters of the United States Rule Published

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineer published their finalized rule, Definition of the Waters of the United States, which clarifies which water bodies receive protection under the...

New Guinea flatworm
June 30, 2015

Snail-Eating Invasive Worm Discovered in Florida Gardens

A killer invasive worm with an indiscriminate appetite for snails and invertebrates has been discovered in Florida gardens — the first time the destructive species has turned up in the...

A Florida black bear mother stands with her cub.
June 30, 2015

Limited Hunting of Florida Black Bears Passed

After a great deal of discussion and debate, last week the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted in favor of limited bear hunting in the state. The new...

June 29, 2015

Seabirds Bring Contaminants to Land Ecosystems: Study

Migratory seabirds carry the marine pollution they ingest at sea back to their nesting sites on land, according to a new study. “It is yet another example of unintended effects...

June 29, 2015

Biodiversity Could Be a Buffer Against Parasites, Disease

The richer an ecosystem is in biodiversity, the more resistant it could be to parasites and the spread of disease, according to a new study. “Our study shows that biodiversity...

Kit fox
June 26, 2015

Video: Oregon Wildlife Agency Releases Rare Kit Fox Footage

The Oregon wildlife agency released a video this week showing rare (albeit silent) footage of a kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) den in the eastern Oregon desert complete with frolicking pups....

Jim Dawson
June 26, 2015

Hunter Educator Inducted into Hall of Fame

Jim Dawson tends to get a little bit grumpy when he hasn’t been in the field hunting at least 60 days out of the year. Although his home state of...

June 26, 2015

Finalized EIS for National Feral Swine Management

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the availability of its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Feral Swine Damage Management Program. Working with its Wildlife Damage Management...

Bumble bee
June 26, 2015

Researchers Survey Alaskan Native Bumble Bees

It had been almost 50 years since researchers last recorded data about native bumble bees in Alaska. But in a recent study, researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and...

June 25, 2015

Groups Sue Florida Over Conservation Budget

Environmental groups are suing the Florida Legislature after it approved a budget that ignores a state amendment directing funds for natural resource conservation. The amendment, which was approved by 75%...