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grassland birds, Conservation, habitat restoration

Wildlife Conservation Society and Partners to Increase Habitat for Sprague’s Pipit in Montana, North Dakota, and Southern Saskatchewan

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The Wildlife Conservation Society, in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve, World Wildlife Fund-US, Nature Conservancy Canada, and The Nature Conservancy, has been awarded funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain and restore critical habitat for the Sprague’s pipit in northern Montana, North Dakota, and southern Saskatchewan. The funding comes as part of a new 2012 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation grants program initiative that focuses a portion of available funds on particularly threatened neotropical migratory birds.

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lake management, Lake Christina, canvasback ducks, stable state theory, migratory waterfowl, Ecological Applications

Research Provides Clues for Effective Management of Minnesota Duck Depot

Lakes have lifecycles of their own and results from more than two decades of research by North Dakota State University professor Malcolm Butler and his students are being used to help determine optimum ways to manage and restore a Minnesota lake managed for migratory waterfowl. Butler, professor of biological sciences at NDSU, is one of 10 co-authors contributing to “A 200-year perspective on alternative stable state theory and lake management from a biomanipulated shallow lake” being published in Ecological Applications.

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Niche conservatism, Climate Change, Mammals, Geographic range, Cenozoic, Pleistocene extinction, Megafauna, Deep time, North America, Taxonomic diversity, Paleontology

Diversity Aided Mammals’ Survival Over Deep Time

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The first study of how mammals in North America adapted to climate change in “deep time” found that families with greater diversity were more stable and maintained larger ranges than less diverse families.

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Study Details Extent of Illinois' Asian Carp Problem

Asian carp now make up more than 60 percent of the total fish biomass in one of Illinois' major river systems.

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Ethiopia’s Cheetahs, Wild Dogs, and Lions Get National Action Plans

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Three of Ethiopia’s large carnivores – the cheetah, wild dog, and lion – received much-needed action plans today to address future conservation of these imperiled predators, which are increasingly threatened by development and human-related activities.

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Forest, Biodiversity, Conservation, REDD, Emissions, Deforestation, Degradation, iREDD, Insurance, Economics, Carbon, Pollution, Species, Ecology, Environment, Sustainability, Trees, Exploitation, Extinction

Saving Forests? Take a Leaf From Insurance Industry's Book

A group of environmental scientists say a problem-ridden economic model designed to slow deforestation can be improved by applying key concepts from the insurance industry.

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Climate Change, Carbon Sequestration, forest ecology, loblolly pine trees, Southeastern States, Plant Genetics, plant breeders, Silviculture, Carbon Sink

Improved Loblolly Pines Better for the Environment, Study Finds

Loblolly pines with improved genetics not only grow faster and produce more wood but also scrub more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Jill Heatley, snakes, copperheads, coral snake, Texas A&M, snakebite

Venomous Snakebites Can Be Painful And Expensive, Says Texas A&M Expert

Coming to an area near you: snakes, and plenty of them. With unusually warm temperatures and plenty of rainfall this spring, experts say this could be a bumper crop year for snakes. While Texas has never been short on the snake commodities list, people and pets should be aware that they are out and about, says a Texas A&M University expert.

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Russia Declares "Land of the Leopard" National Park

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The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the Russian government for creating a new national park to protect critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers and the world’s rarest big cat: the Far Eastern leopard.

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Iphone App, iPad App, Right Whales, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Shipping Lanes

Protecting Whales? Thanks to UNH, There’s an App for That

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Researchers at UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping helped develop a new iPad and iPhone application that aims to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from collisions with ships. Scientists Kurt Schwehr, Lee Alexander, and Roland Arsenault led key technical aspects of the WhaleALERT app launched last week.







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