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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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How a stay-at-home mom and a PhD student teamed up to organize L.A.'s March for Science 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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How L.A.'s March for Science came to be 20.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Enthusiasm for science runs so deep in Los Angeles that a March for Science was organized here not once but twice.

One of those times was a week after the presidential inauguration. Jennifer Wheeler was scrolling through her Facebook feed at the Temple City Library while her 2-year-old played in...

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Scientists search for 25 ‘lost’ species 20.4.2017 Washington Post
These animals haven’t been officially declared extinct. But collectively, they haven’t been seen in more than 1,500 years, according to the Global Wildlife Conservation.
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Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America's lakes 11.4.2017 Washington Post
At least 7,770 freshwater lakes are at risk of elevated salt levels — a likely underestimate, environmental researchers said.
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A deadly fungus that's killed millions of bats in the Northeast has spread to Texas 7.4.2017 LA Times: Science

Bad news for bats: White-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that has been killing millions of bats across the Northeast, has reached Texas.

Conservationists and state and federal wildlife officials confirmed in March that the fungal infection has been detected in bats in the Texas panhandle.

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‘BioBlitz’ scientists to survey California desert valley 6.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists will fan out across a California desert valley this weekend to take an inventory of everything there that flies, hops, runs, swims or grows in the dirt. It’s been 45 years since researchers last scoured Amargosa Valley near the northern edge of the Mojave Desert. That accounting of species led […]
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Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion — and how that behavior might be stopped 30.3.2017 LA Times: Science

Why do some humans engage in expensive ventures to hunt lions, elephants and other big-game species that often are endangered or otherwise threatened?

The cost, according to a trio of scientists, is exactly the point: These pricey big-game hunts are meant to show off men’s high social status to...

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Rare California frogs of Mark Twain lore are having sex again, to the delight of wildlife researchers 23.3.2017 Washington Post
Rare California frogs of Mark Twain lore are having sex again, to the delight of wildlife researchers
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Forest Service demolishes Silverado Canyon dams despite protests 23.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Officials continued their plans Wednesday to demolish 10 dams throughout the Santa Ana mountains, starting with three along Silverado Creek.

About a dozen community members protested the Orange County demolition Tuesday and Wednesday near the Maple Springs Visitor Center, authorities said.

Residents...

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Rare frog discovery has researchers hopping for joy 23.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A discovery involving a rare California frog has researchers hopping for joy. Nine egg masses from the California red-legged frog were discovered on March 14 in a creek in the Santa Monica Mountains, which stretch from Los Angeles westward along the Malibu coast into Ventura County. The endangered species hasn’t […]
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Trump signs NASA's budget bill for 2017 23.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) March 22, 2017, 11:55 a.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize the American public.We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication...
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Canyon dwellers confront deputies, Marines and Forest Service on plan to blow up dams that formed cherished swimming holes 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In a daybreak showdown Tuesday, more than a dozen Santiago Canyon residents and environmentalists gathered at blockade of about 20 Orange County sheriff’s deputies, some with police dogs.

They had come to the end of the winding mountain road to protest federal authorities’ plans to blow up five...

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World's First Fluorescent Frog Found in the Amazon 18.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Scientists have discovered the world’s first known naturally fluorescent amphibian — the South American polka-dot tree frog.
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How the Great Barrier Reef is responding to global warming. (Hint: not well) 18.3.2017 LA Times: Science

Global warming has likely caused permanent damage to the world's largest coral reef, according to a new report in the journal Nature.

In the last 20 years, rising temperatures have triggered three severe bleaching events in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The most recent was in 2016, when more...

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Extreme heat has caused the Great Barrier Reef to bleach three times in the last 20 years 18.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Global warning has likely caused permanent damage to the world's largest coral reef, according to a new report in the journal Nature.

In the last 20 years, rising temperatures have triggered three severe bleaching events in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The most recent was in 2016, when more...

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Detroit Zoo’s own Dr. Ruth encourages amorous amphibians 17.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Dr. Ruth is bringing her sex-pertise to the Detroit Zoo. Not to be confused with famed human sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. Ruth Marcec is the new director of the zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. She is tasked with inducing frogs and salamanders to make a love connection — […]
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Trump budget proposal would cut NASA's role in climate science 17.3.2017 LA Times: Science

The White House’s proposed budget for NASA would slash Earth science missions and the agency’s entire Office of Education while maintaining the focus on commercial involvement in space exploration and on human missions to space.

The 2018 budget blueprint put forth by President Trump would cut NASA...

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In Pinelands, a new line of defense against illegal off-roaders 11.3.2017 Philly.com News
In a pilot program, sturdy wooden barricades have gone up at bogs and ponds to thwart riders of ATVs from splashing through and destroying these breeding grounds for a host of forest frogs.
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Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash 2.3.2017 AP Top News
LAKE TITICACA, Peru (AP) -- Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun....
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Democrats see a path to salvation in the Sunbelt — and Newt Gingrich's backyard 2.3.2017 LA Times: Nation

As political activists around the nation watched Democrats bicker in Atlanta last weekend over who should take the party’s helm, a less noticed drama got underway in the nearby suburbs, one that ultimately may signal whether the party can emerge from its funk.

Georgia Democrats, who have been getting...

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