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Not-murder hornets; sentient chatbots and an AirBearNBear
Not-murder hornets; sentient chatbots and an AirBearNBear
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
New bird flu strain threatens North American wildlife
New bird flu strain threatens North American wildlife
Thousands of seabirds, geese, eagles and vultures are dead, as wildlife health experts recommend a revolution in disease management.
Local priorities and USDA funding strategies meet up in Southeast Alaska
Local priorities and USDA funding strategies meet up in Southeast Alaska
The Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy shifts how the federal government finances the region’s rural development projects.
The Colorado River’s alfalfa problem
The Colorado River’s alfalfa problem
Growing less hay is the only way to keep the river’s water system from collapsing
Botanists find one of ‘the world’s worst weeds’ spreading in the Boise foothills
Botanists find one of ‘the world’s worst weeds’ spreading in the Boise foothills
Cogongrass is the latest of a fast-growing number of invasive plants threatening Idaho’s fire-prone rangelands.
Was Yellowstone’s deadliest wolf hunt in 100 years an inside job?
Was Yellowstone’s deadliest wolf hunt in 100 years an inside job?
Veteran park service employees were involved in last year’s hunt, but one says he’s a victim of a federal ‘witch hunt.’
Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Conservation and wildlife corridors can help, but is it enough?
Yes, the drought really is that bad
Yes, the drought really is that bad
The Western U.S. is experiencing its worst drought since 800 A.D.
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
A new analysis suggests that over half of communities in the West lack the capacity to take advantage of infrastructure bill funding. Now what?
Cows, coal and climate change: A Q&A with the new BLM director
Cows, coal and climate change: A Q&A with the new BLM director
Tracy Stone-Manning discusses how the federal agency sees conservation, the climate crisis and the Indigenous history of public lands.
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?
Where is central California’s water going?
Where is central California’s water going?
Small farmers struggle as ag titans wheel water for profit.
Wild horses, buffalo and the politics of belonging
Wild horses, buffalo and the politics of belonging
On the Wind River Indian Reservation, two animals slip between the cracks of what is wild and what isn’t.
After more than 50 years in captivity, will Tokitae ever get justice from Seaquarium?
After more than 50 years in captivity, will Tokitae ever get justice from Seaquarium?
A new USDA report finds further mistreatment of the exploited Washington orca.
Hmong Americans in Northern California fight wildfire — and distrust
Hmong Americans in Northern California fight wildfire — and distrust
Wary of local authorities, a community forms an ad-hoc firefighting force to defend its property.
Klamath River issues explained
Klamath River issues explained
Confused about what’s happening on the Klamath? Dams, salmon, irrigation and more.
The ‘ecological hate speech’ developed around wildfire
The ‘ecological hate speech’ developed around wildfire
A new book examines the myths that help fuel forest management.
Alaska bumblebees are thriving
Alaska bumblebees are thriving
Extreme environments offer them an unexpected paradise, and now researchers are working to get a head count.
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
The plan has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out.
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
This year’s drought is worse than in 2001, when political and environmental tensions exploded into the national spotlight.
On the Klamath River, agricultural interests are pitted against the needs of tribes and endangered species
On the Klamath River, agricultural interests are pitted against the needs of tribes and endangered species
Due to severe drought, irrigation allotments were decreased to lowest amounts in history.
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
As America’s food basket dries out, Punjabi American growers fear the loss of their hard-earned farmlands.
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
‘Vet-virologist’ Anna Fagre discusses the first positive case detected in the wild — and how ‘spillover’ could impact the West.
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