User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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Missoula Residents Help Guide Geese Out Of Downtown 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — It was no gaggle of geese, but two birds and a baby waddling through a downtown Montana city stopped traffic and brought out the shutterbugs. The Missoulian newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1zV1knv ) that it took an hour to guide the trio from the heart of Missoula back to the Clark Fork River on Thursday. Four women spotted the birds and stopped to help, using cardboard and a sweater to shepherd them safely through town as cars slowed and people snapped photos. Noreen Humes was working at the Missoula Downtown Association when she noticed the goose family walk past her office. When they seemed to be heading deeper into the downtown area, she stepped in to help. The birds sped up their waddles as they got closer to the river, swimming away safely. ___ Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Sea Turtle Photobombs Vacation Picture 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Didn't sea you there, turtle. A green sea turtle photobombed Diovani de Jesus' group picture while he was on vacation on Apo Island, in the Philippines earlier this month, according to a caption from Caters, a news agency based in the United Kingdom. On his blog, de Jesus explains, the "shallow area" where the picture was taken "is a feeding ground for sea turtles." "This is a reminder that humans and creatures like this gentle [sea turtle] can co-exist," de Jesus said. Experiences like this could become more rare. The World Wildlife Federation notes that "nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered." A host of reasons account for the turtles' dwindling numbers, including poaching for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, habitat destruction and climate change. Global warming changes sand temperatures, which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings, the WWF said. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal ...
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Kansas Dachshund Spent 13 Days Under Concrete Slab 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A miniature dachshund has been rescued after spending 13 days trapped underneath a concrete slab at her home in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1zRdU7l ) reports that the dog, named Lucy, disappeared April 3 while in her fenced Derby yard. It turns out Lucy had dug underneath the slab that was supporting the house's air-conditioning unit. Owner Rebecca Felix says her other dog, Thor, had acted interested in the spot where Lucy was buried. But it wasn't until last Thursday that she and her husband heard a quiet bark come from under the concrete. Her husband dug deep enough to see Lucy's nose and one closed eye. He called 911 and firefighters helped extract her. Veterinarian Kelly Miller says it's "amazing" Lucy survived and didn't suffer organ failure. ___ Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be ...
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Political Pig Races Predict May 7 British Election 23.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The campaign to be Great Britain's next Prime Minister is turning out to be a real dog fight -- and also a pig race. From now until the May 7 election, Pennywell Farms in southwest England is holding daily pig races featuring swine racers inspired by the Prime Minister candidates from the major parties, Reuters reports. For instance, the pig version of current Prime Minister David Cameron is named "David Hameron." Ed Milbrad, Cameron's competitor from the Labor Party, has a pig namesake in "Ed Swiliband." Pigs and politicians have a lot in common, according to farm owner Chris Murray. "[Pigs] do share several characteristics with politicians, they like to have their snout in the trough sometimes," Murray told Reuters. "Sometimes they can make you feel pig sick, often they are hamming it up." The political pigs race through a 150-yard course with four jumps -- Bacon Brook, Trotters Turn, The Trough and Hogs Hurdle -- before reaching the finish line, renamed Number 10 Downing Street after the address of ...
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Common Insecticide Affects Bees Like Cigarettes Affect Humans, Studies Find 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Bees may be getting buzzed on a harmful insecticide contributing to their massive decline, researchers reported Wednesday. Two studies released by the journal Nature found that neonicotinoids, a common type of insecticide chemically related to nicotine , are both harmful and attractive to bees, much like cigarettes are to humans. “What I think is happening is that neonicotinoids are essentially having a pharmacological effect on the neurons in the bees’ brains,” study author Geraldine Wright said at a press conference, Take Part reported. “Like nicotine, they’re essentially amplifying the rewarding qualities of the sucrose solution. The bees think it’s more rewarding so they go back to that tube to drink more of it ... As soon as it gets into their blood, they are getting a ‘buzz.’ ” The other study echoed findings from past research that indicate insecticides may be contributing to bee decline, known as colony collapse disorder. Researchers compared 16 rapeseed fields, eight treated with neonicotinoids ...
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This Earth Day, Let's Celebrate the Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day is a moment to reflect upon global efforts to protect our planet and its species from a variety of threats. For many of us, this work is taking place right in our own communities - at the zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens that are a part of many of our lives. When we celebrate those who contribute to conservation, many times zoological parks are not a part of that discussion. In fact, these parks contribute to that effort robustly in land and seascapes across the globe through in-park conservation education, scientific field work, and breeding of species endangered in the wild. Ten juvenile Cuban crocodiles from Sweden's Skansen Aquarium will help sustain a population reduced to a mere 3,000 animals in the wild (only 10 percent of which are breeding females) due to illegal poaching, habitat loss, and hybridization with American crocodiles. Photo by Natalia Rossi ©WCS. On Monday, April 20, 10 Cuban crocodiles (Crocodylus rhombifer) were sent to Cuba by Sweden's Skansen Aquarium . The crocs ...
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Did A Court Just Recognize Chimpanzees As 'Legal Persons'? It Depends Who You Ask 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lawyers suing for the freedom of two chimpanzees used in biomedical research are celebrating a court order issued on Monday . But some legal professionals caution that their excitement is premature. Attorneys for nonprofit legal advocacy group Nonhuman Rights Project are asking the New York Supreme Court to release two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, allegedly held in a lab at a public university. The court has agreed to hear the case, which the NRP lawyers say is of massive legal significance. "The implications of this order are that Hercules and Leo have been granted legal personhood with the right to a writ of habeas corpus," Natalie K. Prosin, a lawyer and the group's executive director, told The Huffington Post. "Our nonhuman animal petitioners have a foot in the door, but the significance of this precedent-setting order means that no matter what happens in their individual case, the door can never be completely shut again." The NRP argues that it is appropriate to grant legal personhood -- and ...
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Animal Advocates Call For Action Against Vet Who Allegedly Killed Cat With Bow And Arrow 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey quickly lost her job after posting a photo of herself holding a cat that appears to have been shot with an arrow. The picture caused massive public outcry last week, but authorities are still looking into the incident. "Right now this case is under investigation," Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes told The Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. "That takes a little time." Animal advocates are now calling for action against the vet, who for the past two years worked at the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham. The caption on the woman's Facebook post, which has since been taken down, read: "My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted." It's thought the cat was a 6-year-old tabby named Tiger , who belonged to a neighbor and went missing Wednesday. Warning: The following photo may be disturbing to some readers. Cat advocacy group Alley Cat Allies has offered a $7,500 reward for ...
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Seal Or Sea Lion Pup Abducted From Los Angeles Beach 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not confuse the animal's cuteness with its potentially vicious bite, according to an animal rescue expert. Witnesses to the abduction said four people wrapped the pup in a blanket and left in a car around 3:20 a.m. from Dockweiler State Beach, just west of the city's international airport, said Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera. The initial police report said the animal was a small seal. But a companion pup that escaped and was later found on the beach is a sea lion, according to Peter Wallerstein, the president of the group Marine Animal Rescue. The rescued pup weighs about 25 pounds and is probably 10 months old, said Wallerstein, who stays in a trailer at the beach and was woken by security guards seeking his help. Sea lions of this size are "really small, really look cute, but they're dangerous," he said. "These are wild animals." They're also not fit to be kept as pets. "The animal needs ...
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Photo: Neon yellow tree frog 18.4.2015 TreeHugger
This bright amphibian is commonly known as a Chachi tree frog.
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Celebrity Mountain Lion P-22 Leaves L.A. Crawl Space, Probably For New York 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters) - A mountain lion with his own Facebook fan page that triggered a media storm by hiding in the crawl space under a Los Angeles house has left its urban refuge, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The animal known as P-22, who usually lives in Griffith Park and was featured in a 2013 National Geographic photo with the Hollywood sign in the background, was discovered underneath the house on Monday in the city's affluent hillside Los Feliz neighborhood. At around midnight, authorities asked onlookers to leave the area to allow the animal space in the hope it would leave. An initial check of the property on Tuesday morning showed no sign of the predator, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Janice Mackey. After a more thorough search, the department gave the official all-clear on Twitter. "The cougar has left the building," it said in a tweet. The department later said the mountain lion, which has a tracking collar that allows it to be located, returned to its habitat in ...
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Zebras Make A Break For It In Belgium; Arizona Llamas Unimpressed 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Move over, llamas . There's a new animal escape artist in town. Three zebras made a dash around the Belgian capital of Brussels for about half an hour on Friday after escaping from a ranch. Seven animals reportedly escaped , but four of them were caught immediately. After making a break for it from the ranch in Vilvoorde, on the outskirts of Brussels, they made their way toward the city center, where they strolled along a canal and were chased by five police cars . The three were eventually cornered and sedated by police and veterinarians and returned to their ranch, according to The Independent. " Normally, they are quiet ," Marc Luyckx, a neighbor of the ranch, told VTM Nieuws. But some of them became nervous when several zebras were moved from their area. He said it could've ended much worse, according to a translation. No human bystanders were harmed in the incident. Below, another view of the zebras' adventure: The llamas from February's chase in Arizona could not be reached for comment, but they ...
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Photographer Gets A Little Too Close To Lion, Escapes With This Stunning Picture 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Saeed retreated to his car, where we hope he locked the doors . Saeed took the photo in 2012, though it went viral earlier this month. Saeed shared the photo on Facebook in 2013, titling it "Angry king;" In January of this year, he shared it on 500px, calling it " The Ghost and the Darkness ." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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This Is What Your Salad Bar Would Look Like Without Bees (And Other Pollinators) 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By now, you probably have your salad bar game down to a science. Arugula, beets, feta, sunflower seeds and a touch of balsamic vinaigrette? A little bit of falafel if you want to feel fancy? Well, without bees, butterflies, beetles and their pollinating brethren, tough luck. For the past two years, Whole Foods Market has temporarily removed all of the produce and dairy dependent on pollinators from one of its supermarkets to showcase the drastically different selections shoppers would have if the tiny animals disappeared. As part of this year's Share The Buzz campaign, the company removed 37 items that could become far harder to find at the salad bar if current declines in pollinator populations continue. Story continues below. "I think we need to consider pollinators as a staple in our supply chain," Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods executive global grocery coordinator, told The Huffington Post. "You take a look at the types of products that are pollinated ... I'm not sure how much of a grocery business ...
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Croc Leaves 2 Holes In Aussie Golfer's Leg 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's hard to get a hole in one, but John Lahiff got four holes in one -- of his legs. Lahiff, 75, was brutally bitten by a four-foot saltwater crocodile on the golf course Monday. He was playing a round at a resort near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the New York Daily News reports. "I teed off and I pulled the shot left into the water trap," he told the Australian Broadcasting Company. "I drove the cart around to retrieve the ball -- and I didn't see the croc sun baking just on the edge of the water. "I walked past it and then it got me on the way back and as soon as it grabbed me it took off into the water." The cranky croc left four wounds in Lahiff's right leg, three that injured his calf and one in his shin that opened it to the bone, according to 9News.com. Wildlife officers are attempting to remove the crocodile and relocate it to a zoo or croc farm, the Australian reports. Lahiff doesn't think that's fair to the animal. "It's partly my fault ... for disturbing it while it was sunbaking," he told ...
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World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Placed Under 24-Hour Armed Guard In Kenya 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After the decimation of his species by poachers, Sudan the rhino finds himself in a extremely precarious position: He is the last male northern white rhinoceros on the planet . According to The Independent, the 40-year-old animal has been put under 24-hour armed guard in the Kenya game conservancy where he lives. There is hope that Sudan will one day be able to produce progeny -- and possibly save his kind from extinction. Armed rangers in Sudan guard the last male northern white rhino on earth. His species survived for 50 million years. pic.twitter.com/mIfpOA75fI — Julian Dutton (@JulianDutton1) April 11, 2015 Sudan and two female rhinos of his subspecies are cared for by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The trio are reportedly three of the last five remaining northern white rhinos in the world. Two other females live in captivity. To protect him from poachers, Sudan has been fitted with radio transmitters, reports The Independent. The rhino’s horn has also been removed as an added ...
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11 Important Facts You Need To Know About The Cat Circus. Yes, The Cat Circus! 11.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These touring feline circus performers leap. They jump through hoops. They play instruments! And sometimes the members of the Chicago-based " Amazing Acro-Cats " quit doing tricks altogether and just go wandering out into the audience. But that's fun, too. The troupe was founded by the cats' owner, animal trainer Samantha Martin, who also serves as ringleader as they perform in circus shows across the country. The Acro-Cats have already starred in a Target commercial , and given that their tour schedule is packed tight as sardines, they're probably coming soon to a theater near you. Here are 11 essential facts about these talented cats. Amazing Fact #1 The Amazing Acro-Cats consists of 14 cats -- of which all but two are female. There's also three female performing rats, one male groundhog, and a hen named Cluck Norris, who plays cymbals in the Acro-Cats' house band, the Rock Cats. Cluck Norris also lays eggs. "We eat them," says the troupe's creator, Samantha Martin, who also serves as ringleader during ...
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Colorado Lake Overrun With Thousands Of Pet Goldfish 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Keeping a few goldfish alive in a bowl can seem tough enough. Boulder is facing a very different problem.

Goldfish have multiplied into the thousands in the 12-acre Teller Lake #5. ABC News reports that they may now number as high as 4,000, and that wildlife officials suspect they started as perhaps four or five abandoned pets two or three years ago.


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Bats In Pennsylvania Threatened By White Nose Syndrome 6.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the most common bat species in Pennsylvania is being threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats of that species and others in North America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as a "threatened" species, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Cb0Nh3 ) reported Monday. The agency was considering listing the species as "endangered" — a more serious designation — but decided on "threatened" because the bat's population has not been affected outside areas where the fungal disease has caused problems, the newspaper reported. The agency is proposing interim rules meant to safeguard the bat's habitat, including limits on forest timbering. But the rules could also impact the wind energy and natural gas and oil drilling industries. Lora Zimmerman, a project leader with the Fish and Wildlife Service, said the "threatened" listing in Pennsylvania might seem odd in light of the fact that the long-eared bat's ...
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New Research Links Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Monarch Butterfly Declines 5.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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