Wildlife

Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
‘I was glued to my computer for days, trying to figure out what these birds were doing, because it was so clearly, obviously, not normal.’
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
The Talbert Marsh is refuge to at least 90 species of shorebirds, and now it’s slicked with oil.
Collecting seeds to restore prairie grasslands
Collecting seeds to restore prairie grasslands
‘These youth are going to be able to take ownership of healing the land at Fort Belknap.’
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
Is the value of data worth the death of individual animals?
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Males will travel in numbers, dance hypnotically and get eaten during their annual hunt to mate.
A quick guide to threatened terrestrial and freshwater species in your state
A quick guide to threatened terrestrial and freshwater species in your state
New rules would weaken protections for plants and animals listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Recreationalists in Vail are having a devastating impact on the local herd.
Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
In the face of hunting pressure and loss of habitat, bobcats prove themselves resilient — and aren’t above raising their young in rural backyards.
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
The new implementation guidelines relax habitat protections and favor development.
‘Cyanide bombs’ use reauthorized to kill wild animals
‘Cyanide bombs’ use reauthorized to kill wild animals
The traps have caused unintentional deaths, but Wildlife Services can continue to employ them to protect livestock and farm crops.
Outdoor underachievers; mission massage; photo nots
Outdoor underachievers; mission massage; photo nots
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Compared to its neighbors, the state limits public recreation, but that is changing.
Mountain goat eradication is a high-flying balancing act in Olympic National Park
Mountain goat eradication is a high-flying balancing act in Olympic National Park
In an effort to protect visitors and rare plants, the park is relocating the hoofed invaders.
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
More than 100 species rely on habitat away from roads and development, according to a new study.
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Proponents of Colorado’s initiative to reintroduce the predators suggest they could bolster herds against the disease.
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Anchorage sees 90 F as nearly 120 fires blaze across the state.
Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
Forest Service might limit public comments
Forest Service might limit public comments
The revision would allow the agency to approve more projects without environmental review.
Memorial Rock; osprey survivor; fooling fish
Memorial Rock; osprey survivor; fooling fish
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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