Geographical Location: Western

July 20, 2021

Cascades frogs in California are genetically distinct

Imperiled cascades frogs in California may need to be managed as a distinct population at the southern end of the species’ range. “We know they’ve blinked out from a lot...

June 30, 2021

Uncovering urban snake removal patterns

When it comes to snakes, Bryan Hughes is full of helpful advice. His Facebook and blog contains everything from recommendations on how to unstick a snake from a glue trap...

June 25, 2021

As the climate changes, are monarchs changing, too?

The western monarch butterfly population has been decreasing on its usual breeding grounds throughout the West. Last winter, overwintering numbers were the lowest ever recorded. But that may not mean...

May 25, 2021

Flexible bees fare better

Bee species that can easily change their pollination behavior have a better chance of survival in an area of California that’s under stress from agriculture and climate change. Intensive monoculture...

April 23, 2021

Student launches birding game for kids

A 15-year-old student recently launched a mobile app game to get children more interested in birding without even having to go outside. Adam Dhalla, the recipient of the 2018 American...

April 16, 2021

‘Forever chemicals’ may threaten Pacific sea turtles

A female hawksbill sea turtle unwittingly ingested many of the chemicals in her body while feeding off the coast of northern Oahu for several years before 2012. By the time...

April 15, 2021

Dogs stymie spread of avian botulism in Hawaii

Avian botulism first hit Laysan ducks in Midway Atoll in 2008. The disease, essentially a form of food poisoning, threatened to derail the recovery work of one of the most...

April 8, 2021

Tahoe bears carrying unknown disease exhibit fearlessness

A new disease is causing strange behavior in young black bears in California and Nevada. Videos and other reports have appeared around Lake Tahoe and in California documenting young bears...

April 6, 2021

Hawaiian stilt may be downlisted to threatened

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify the ae’o, or the Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanusknudseni), from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Hawaiian stilt,...

March 29, 2021

Could more Southwest land support more jaguars?

In 1964, a federal control agent with the U.S. government shot and killed the last known jaguar north of Interstate 10 in Arizona. While some people have spotted the animals...