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9:21 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Interior Secretary Jewell Tours Oregon Sage Grouse Country

The greater sage grouse has lost about 50 percent of its habitat in the West. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured sage grouse habitat in southern Oregon to see how ranchers and conservationists are working together to protect the birds' habitat.
Vince Patton, Oregon Field Guide

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:34 pm

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured southern Oregon’s high desert Thursday. The trip focused on efforts to conserve greater sage grouse.

The birds live in sagebrush country. But their habitat is shrinking in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and other states – because of people, wildfires, and invasive species. The birds don't like fragmented habitat and need wide-open spaces.

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Animals
5:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Rural English Family Uses Doorbell To Find Lost Dog

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:31 am

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EarthFix Reports
7:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Biologists Try To Figure Out Large Fall Chinook Runs

A chinook salmon photographed in the Snake River in 2013. That year's run set records. Biologist aren't sure exactly why fall chinook runs have been so high in recent years.
Aaron Kunz

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:03 pm

Thousands of fall chinook salmon are swimming up the Columbia River every day right now. This year’s migration is expected to be one of the largest in recent years. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why fall chinook have made such a big comeback.

Salmon and steelhead restoration has been a big push throughout the Northwest -- from Puget Sound to coastal streams to the Columbia-Snake River Basin -- where fall chinook were nearly extinct by the 1960s.

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Foodies
7:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

What's For Dinner? How 'Bout Nutria, Bullfrog Legs, Sorrel And Carp

Chef Hamid Serdani serves a feral pig chop on a bed of mashed potatoes and sauteed dandelion greens with a blackberry balsamic curry sauce at the 2013 edition of the invasive species cook-off.
Cassandra Profita OPB

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:13 am

On September 28, several hundred people are expected to gather at a vineyard near Salem, Oregon, to chew on the problem of invasive species.

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Salmon
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:37 pm

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

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Marine Disease
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

West coast sea stars are dying by the millions from a mysterious disease.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:36 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Researchers have been scrambling for more than a year to make sense of a strange disease that’s causing West Coast starfish to die by the millions.

Now it looks like help could be coming from Congress.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck from Olympia introduced a bill Thursday that would dedicate federal funds for researching the epidemic, which has now spread along North America’s Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico and in some places on the East Coast as well.

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Hornets From Hell
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Courtesy of Matt Inman

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:28 pm

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they are — and they are very, very bad ...

... this story has a happy ending.

Hornets From Hell

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EarthFix Reports
10:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Conservation Groups Say More Lynx Habitat Needs Protection

One of North America’s imperiled wildcats, the lynx, is now federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. But conservation groups say not enough of the cat’s Northwest habitat is protected under the law.
Flickr Creative Commons: Keith Williams

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:39 pm

After years of litigation, one of North America’s imperiled wildcats, the Canada lynx, is now federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. But conservation groups say not enough of the cat’s habitat is protected under the law, especially in the Northwest.

Lynx resemble bobcats with very furry paws and short tails. They thrive in dense boreal forests, where they can easily hunt snowshoe hare.

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Animals
12:29 am
Fri September 12, 2014

A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 10:03 am

Under the endangered species act, buying or selling an endangered animal requires a permit. The permits are hard to get — even for zoos and aquariums.

But there's a loophole.

"If I donate or loan an endangered species to you, I need no permit," says Kris Vehrs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

So a barter system has sprung up among zoos and aquariums to trade animals without using money. They even do it with species that aren't endangered. But barter can be complicated.

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Wild Animals
3:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

When Sally Sees Seals On The Seattle Seashore, She Stops

Flickr Photo/inarges (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Brenda Peterson, co-founder of Seal Sitters, about what people should do when they see seal pups lining Washington's beaches.

Wildlife
7:11 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

File photo of a coyote

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:45 pm

Four environmental groups said Monday they will sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho.

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EarthFix Reports
7:33 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter accidentally took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 4:02 pm

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female, jeopardizing the entire pack's chances of survival.

The so-called Huckleberry wolf pack repeatedly attacked a herd of sheep in August, killing at least 24 sheep. Non-lethal attempts to keep the wolves away from the sheep in Stevens County were unsuccessful. That prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to authorize the killing of four wolves.

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Environment
7:12 am
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Off the coast of Southern California, a crowd watches a blue whale rise to the surface earlier this summer. A new study says the population of blue whales off the West Coast is close to historic levels.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 8:16 pm

Decades after the threat of extinction led to them being protected from whalers, there are now about 2,200 blue whales off the West Coast, according to a new study. That's roughly 97 percent of historical levels, say researchers at the University of Washington who call their findings a conservation success story.

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Essay
4:21 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Hi! I'm A Nutria (That Pesky Rodent With Orange Teeth)

Credit Drew Christie

Olympia has developed a pesky problem. The Olympian reports that several dozen nutria are infesting Capitol Lake.

Wildlife agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture killed four of the beaver-sized rodents that had become a nuisance, and several more killings will be scheduled.

Nutria are considered an invasive species that destroy marshlands. But what brought them to Washington State in the first place?

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TED Radio Hour
10:50 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What Does Animal Madness Teach Us About Our Own?

Laurel Braitman questions what animal madness mean for humans.
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 11:16 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Laurel Braitman's TED Talk

From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them.

About Laurel Braitman

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