Conservation

Burrowing Owls Are the Family Next Door in this Florida Boom Town

Burrowing Owls Are the Family Next Door in this Florida Boom Town

— Locals and researchers are working to keep Marco Island hospitable to the birds, which are declining across the state, as development devours the vacant lots where they make their homes.
Science Loses Ground to Economics With New Endangered Species Act Rules

Science Loses Ground to Economics With New Endangered Species Act Rules

— The Trump administration's decision to weaken the widely supported law has drawn sweeping condemnation from conservationists.
New Plan for Bears Ears National Monument Draws Fire over Tree-Clearing

New Plan for Bears Ears National Monument Draws Fire over Tree-Clearing

— The government says uprooting piñon-juniper forest with heavy chains improves public lands in the West, but the science is sketchy.
The Ghosts of Gone Birds Haunts an Odd and Endangered Beetle

The Ghosts of Gone Birds Haunts an Odd and Endangered Beetle

— After centuries of losing countless birds and other small animals, a spiral of ecological consequences has taken its toll on American burying beetles.
As Ospreys Recover, Their Nests Are Sparking Fires and Power Outages

As Ospreys Recover, Their Nests Are Sparking Fires and Power Outages

— The birds’ preference for tall, open platforms leads them to nest on utility poles. Now companies are becoming proactive about preventing accidents.
Disturbing Photo Shows a Black Skimmer Feeding a Cigarette Butt to Its Chick

Disturbing Photo Shows a Black Skimmer Feeding a Cigarette Butt to Its Chick

— The image confirms what many researchers have long suspected—that wild birds mistake the pervasive and harmful litter for food.
Landmark New York State Climate Bill Signed Into Law

Landmark New York State Climate Bill Signed Into Law

— The sweeping climate legislation sets the target of creating a net-zero carbon economy in the state by 2050.
Hog Island Osprey Chick Snatched From Nest by Great Horned Owl

Hog Island Osprey Chick Snatched From Nest by Great Horned Owl

— Despite this year’s use of stylized mannequins to deter predators, Steve and Rachel's nest was attacked once again.
EPA Approval of Controversial Pesticide Raises Concerns for Bees and Birds

EPA Approval of Controversial Pesticide Raises Concerns for Bees and Birds

— Sulfoxaflor, seen as a replacement for bee-killing chemicals known as neonics, might be just as dangerous.
Updated: Trump Admin Halts Its Push for a Road Through Alaska's Izembek Refuge

Updated: Trump Admin Halts Its Push for a Road Through Alaska's Izembek Refuge

— The government dropped its appeal of a judge's ruling that protected the bird-rich wilderness—but a new land deal was reached soon after.
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