animals

Wildlife
4:06 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Northwest Researchers Document Whales Which Set New Breath-Hold Record

Satellite tag being attached to the dorsal fin of a Cuvier's beaked whale. The tagging arrow can be seen in the air as it detaches from the tag.
Erin Falcone Cascadia Research under NOAA permit 16111

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 5:21 pm

Think about how long you can hold your breath and then let this discovery blow your mind.

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Elephant Captivity
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Changes Coming To Woodland Park Zoo's Elephant Program

"Bamboo" is one of the Asian elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/Cara_VSAngel (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Woodland Park Zoo Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke about changes coming to the zoo's elephant program.

StoryCorps
9:07 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Animal Rescuers Create Joy Amid Chaos After Exxon Valdez Spill

Suzanne Bishop (left) and LJ Evans met while volunteering at an animal rescue center in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 9:21 am

It's been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Alaska, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

The impact on wildlife was devastating. Cleanup crews poured into the nearby port town, also called Valdez, where an animal rescue center was set up.

"The chaos is incredibly difficult to describe or even imagine," says LJ Evans, a local resident who volunteered to help. "Somebody came back with the first bird — the reporters were so frantic, somebody got in a fight trying to take a picture of this poor little oiled bird."

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Northwest Wildlife
4:15 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Conservationists Work To Restore Wolf Population In Western Washington

Gray wolf
Flickr Photo/Bethany Weeks (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest about efforts to restore the gray wolf population in the western regions of Washington State.

Bird Watching
2:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Noah Strycker: We Learn About Ourselves Through Bird Behavior

Hummingbirds
Flickr Photo/Coconino National Forest (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Noah Strycker about his book, “The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human.”

Population 'Irruption'
2:28 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 8:02 am

This is Hungerford, a large female snowy owl. Last summer she was just a hatchling — a gray ball of fuzz in the middle of the Arctic tundra. In the fall, newly equipped with adult plumage, she flew thousands of miles south until she reached the coast of Maryland. And this winter, she became an important part of an unprecedented research project.

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Agriculture
3:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Demise Of The Alpaca Bubble

Flickr Photo/Shelby Root (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Rich Sexton, chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Davis. Sexton explains the making of the alpaca boom and why it's now bursting.

EarthFix Reports
9:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Who Finds You When You Wander Off The Hiking Trail?

Kia is a 2-year-old German shepherd who is training to be a search and rescue dog with the Yakima County K-9 team. The team is made up of volunteers who search for missing hikers, hunters, children, and senior citizens.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

If you’re out one day hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training for just such an emergency.

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EarthFix Reports
4:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Navy Looks To Renew Permits For Bombing And Sonar Exercises In The Northwest

The U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Pacific Ocean alongside the oiler USNS Yukon.
Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

The Navy is pursuing permits to continue conducting sonar and explosives exercises in a large area of the Pacific Ocean — and that’s putting marine mammal advocates on high alert.

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EarthFix Reports
9:46 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Urban Goat Herd Gets A New, Temporary Home

Belmont Goats check out the snow at their current home. Thanks to Portland Development Commission, the herd will move to another Southeast Portland neighborhood, Lents, an urban renewal area.
Credit Courtesy of The Belmont Goats

A beloved urban goat herd in Portland has found a temporary new home in the city.

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Endangered Species
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan

US Fish

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

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Westminster Kennel Club
4:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

One Step For Mutts, One Leap For Dogkind

Mutts will be allowed to compete in the Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February.
Flickr Photo/Pet Adviser

Ross Reynolds talks with Westminster Kennel Club spokesperson David Frei about the decision to include mixed-breed dogs in the upcoming Masters Agility Championship on Feb. 8 in New York City.

Social Media
7:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

A shark warning is displayed near Gracetown, Western Australia, in November. An Australian man was killed by a shark near the area that month, sparking a catch-and-kill order.
Rebecca Le May EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:35 am

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.

Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark's size, breed and approximate location.

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Legislature
7:34 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Oregon Laws: Taxes, Texting, Tethering And Tanning

The fine for texting while driving is set to double in the new year.
Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Call it the year of the "T." Some of the new laws set to take effect in Oregon when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve involve taxes, texting, tethering and teen tanning.

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'Tis The (Whale) Season
7:31 am
Mon December 30, 2013

How To Spot A Whale On The Northwest Coast

Larry and Marie Hinton keep an eye out for whales at Boiler Bay State Park near Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:58 pm

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the best times of the year to watch grey whales migrating along the Oregon coast.

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