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Wading Bird Nesting Dips In South Florida, Raising Environmental Concerns

Published 12/24/12
By Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel (For Lauderdale, FL)

South Florida's wading bird population suffered during 2012, with nesting on the decline due to the return of too much water too fast for herons, Wood Storks, ibises and egrets. The 2012 wading bird nest total was a 39 percent decline compared to the average over the past decade, according to the South Florida Water Management District. While the 26,395 wading bird nests found were just 57 less than last year, it was also the third year in a row of poor nesting totals.

Link: Huffington Post

Deadly Snakes Hatch In Toddler’s Closet

Published 12/21/12
By KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles

A mother in Australia opened a cupboard in her son’s room and found seven poisonous snakes slithering inside. The brown snakes hatched in Kyle Cummings’ bedroom cupboard three weeks after he found some eggs in a tree in his backyard.

Link: KTLA.com

Boulder Wildlife Officials Responding to Report of Mountain Lion at Sunrise Amphitheatre

Published 12/20/12
By Mitchell Byars, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

Boulder wildlife officials are searching for a mountain lion in the area near Sunrise Amphitheatre on Flagstaff Road after a person reported the animal trapped her in a nearby bathroom, according to dispatchers. At around 9:50 a.m. the Boulder County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that a female was trapped in a bathroom near the amphitheater after a mountain lion was spotted in the area.

Link: DailyCamera.com

Crayfish Harbor Fungus That's Wiping Out Amphibians

Published 12/19/12
By Helen Fields, National Geographic News

Scientists have found a new culprit in spreading the disease that's been driving the world's frogs to the brink of extinction: crayfish. In the last few decades, the disease caused by the chytrid fungus has been a disaster for frogs and other amphibians. More than 300 species are nearly extinct because of it. Many probably have gone extinct, but it can be difficult to know for sure when a tiny, rare species disappears from the face of the Earth.

Link: NationalGeographic.com

Elephants Near Timbuktu Make Astonishing Migration Treks

Published 12/18/12
By Live Science

A group of elephants near Timbuktu makes an epic journey each year in their quest for food and water. Researchers found that they travel across an area of 12,355 square miles (32,000 square kilometers) in the deserts of Mali, marking the largest known elephant range in the world. The animals' extreme journey is a product of life in harsh conditions.

Link: LiveScience.com

Meeting to Consider Everglades Restoration

Published 12/17/12
By David Fleshner, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

After several restoration projects on the fringes of the Everglades, a state and federal team has begun work on a plan to revive the sawgrass sloughs and tree islands at the heart of the vast marsh. The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting Tuesday (Dec. 18) in Coconut Creek to hear opinions on four plans for increasing the natural flow of water through the Everglades, a project intended to restore wildlife habitat and deliver desperately needed fresh water to Everglades National Park.

Link: Sun-Sentinel.com

Bighorn Sheep Population on the Rise in North Central Washington

Published 12/14/12
By The Wenatchee (WA) World, K.C. Mehaffey

Wild bighorn sheep appear to be thriving in North Central Washington, including three herds in Chelan County, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Recent surveys indicate those herds are growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, said Jon Gallie, the agency’s assistant district biologist.

Link: WenatcheeWorld.com

Wildlife Crime Said to be a Risk to Governments

Published 12/13/12
By United Press International

Wildlife crime not only threatens animals but puts the stability of some governments at risk, a report released by the World Wildlife Fund says. The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19 billion a year and some of that money from trafficking is being used to finance civil conflicts, the WWF said.

Link: UPI.com

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