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In a region saturated with spectacular aquamarine waters and bright coral reefs, the colorful Schaus swallowtail butterfly once was a familiar sight as it flitted over Biscayne National Park in South Florida.

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Polar bear Knut's half-sister makes public debutupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 07:01:00

There's a new polar bear on the block -- meet Anori, half-sister to Knut, who made her public debut this week at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany.

Massive grass fire burns in eastern Texasupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 19:31:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is battling a large grass fire in the marshlands of Jefferson County, Texas, an agency official told CNN on Tuesday.

U.S. beefs up conservation efforts for endangered sea turtlesupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 20:04:00

The government has revised its rules on sea turtles to try to decrease the number killed every year and reduce the threats they face.

Louisiana paper mill shuts down during fish kill probeupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 15:10:00

A paper mill in Louisiana is working closely with environmental officials to help determine what caused thousands of dead and dying fish to wash up along the banks of the Pearl River, a spokesman with the state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

Wildlife service lists Gopher tortoise as candidate for protectionupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 18:02:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added more populations of the Gopher tortoise to a growing list of species eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but limited resources will prevent the agency from doing more at this time.

Fungal disease may warrant endangered protection for bat speciesupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 18:56:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the first steps toward determining whether two species of cave-dwelling bats warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Possible mountain lion spotted around Greenwich, Connecticutupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 18:14:00

Authorities believe a large cat that has been spotted around the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, is a mountain lion that either escaped or was released from captivity.

Budget bill add-on would impact wolvesupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 11:58:00

A rider in the budget bill to keep the federal government in operation has triggered fury among some wildlife groups because it would remove certain wolves from the endangered species list.

Alleged iguana meat seized at Texas-Mexico borderupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 16:44:00

Two ingredients were missing this weekend when a mix probably meant for tamales was seized at the Texas-Mexico border: Corn husks and a permit to import iguana meat.

Feds offer reward after endangered whooping cranes shotupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 10:38:00

Federal authorities have offered a reward for information in the case of three endangered whooping cranes found shot to death in southwestern Georgia.

Man accused of smuggling tarantulas into U.S.updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 22:42:00

A German tarantula dealer has been arrested on charges of illegally sending hundreds of the spiders to the United States through the U.S. mail, law enforcement officials said.

Undisturbed artifacts will detail lives of Civil War prisonersupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 21:15:00

Nearly 150 years after it was left behind at a Civil War prison camp, the 3-inch clay pipestem still shows a Union soldier's teeth marks.

Major archaeological find at site of Civil War prisonupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 10:40:00

The discovery of the exact location of a stockade and dozens of personal artifacts belonging to its Union prisoners is one of the biggest archaeological Civil War finds in decades, federal and Georgia officials said Monday.

Behind the scenes of 'Rescue: Saving the Gulf'updated: Fri Jul 23 2010 23:30:00

I love animals and I love the outdoors. The Gulf of Mexico and the coastline that surrounds it is a special place to me and millions of other Americans.

Plight of the sea turtlesupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 16:31:00

CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports on the plight of the sea turtles in the Gulf.

Saving nature's unborn from Gulf oil disasterupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 16:31:00

One by one, with a hand as steady as a surgeon's, Lorna Patrick removes eggs from a sea turtle's nest on a Florida beach.

Oil disaster recovery planner to meet with Louisiana governorupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 17:58:00

The man tapped by President Barack Obama to work on long-term oil spill restoration will meet with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday afternoon to discuss the disaster's economic and environmental impacts on the state, according to a Secretary of the Navy press release.

Saving the Gulf manateesupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 17:50:00

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could trigger a massive manatee rescue. CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Oil spill could trigger massive rescue effort of Florida's manateesupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 17:50:00

With the utmost care and a healthy dose of respect, Monica Ross brought the pontoon boat to a crawl, shut its engine down, and asked for quiet. She was careful not to disturb the small antenna, which floated on the surface of the Crystal River marking the location of Coral, an 800 pound manatee.

Group lists America's 10 most endangered riversupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 07:17:00

A U.S. conservation group released a list Wednesday of what it says are America's 10 most endangered rivers, which face man-made threats from gas drilling and new dams to outdated flood management.

Pacific submarine volcano issues 'big burp'updated: Tue Jun 01 2010 09:45:00

A rapid Pacific submarine volcano eruption has exhaled a steam and ash cloud in the air and left a trail of debris on the surface of the water near Sarigan Island in the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. officials said Monday.

CNNMoney: Oil spill: How much is a pelican worth?updated: Fri May 21 2010 15:06:00

Just how much is a dead pelican worth? BP is about to find out.

CNNMoney: Feds may set Gulf oil slick ablazeupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 17:34:00

Coast Guard officials are considering setting the Gulf of Mexico oil slick on fire as it moved Tuesday to within 20 miles of sensitive ecological areas in the Mississippi River Delta.

Sam Hamilton, Fish and Wildlife official, remembered as 'visionary'updated: Sat Feb 20 2010 23:20:00

Sam Hamilton, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, died Saturday, authorities announced.

Wolf hunting now legal but still controversialupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 15:55:00

For the first time in decades, the hunting of the gray wolf is legal again in the United States. And that's a good thing for ranchers like Cindy Siddoway of Terreton, Idaho, whose sheep are threatened every day by wolves.

Environmentalists blast changes to Endangered Species rulesupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 01:19:00

The Bush administration cleared the way Thursday for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists when embarking on projects that could impact endangered wildlife, the interior secretary said.

Elephant ivory smuggled into U.S., authorities sayupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 14:03:00

U.S. authorities arrested six people Wednesday on suspicion of smuggling African elephant ivory worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, law enforcement officials said.

Time.com: The Last of the Tasmanian Devils (and Other Critters)updated: Mon Oct 06 2008 16:00:00

How habitat loss and degradation are driving down the numbers of thousands of mammalian species

Time.com: Scientists: 1 in 4 Mammals Faces Extinctionupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 12:00:00

Conservationists have taken the first detailed look at the world's mammals in more than a decade, and the news isn't good

Time.com: Study Says Grizzlies Thriving in Montanaupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 16:00:00

The majestic grizzly bear, once king of the Western wilderness but threatened with extinction for a third of a century, has roared back in Montana

Time.com: Duck Stamp Error Sends Callers to Sex Lineupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 18:45:00

People calling a federal phone number to order duck stamps are instead greeted by a phone-sex line, due to a printing error the government says would be too expensive to correct

Port chief: Oil spill costing $275 million a dayupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 20:43:00

The oil spill that closed the Mississippi River at New Orleans is costing the U.S. economy $275 million a day, the head of that city's port authority told CNN.

Eco quiz: Plastic bagsupdated: Sun Jul 13 2008 23:19:00

How many of the estimated two million albatrosses on the Pacific Midway Islands contain some quantity of plastic?

Time.com: Ailing Penguins Signal Sea Problemsupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 10:00:00

The dwindling march of the penguins is signaling that the world's oceans are in trouble, scientists now say

Time.com: Native American in Eagle Slay Rowupdated: Fri May 09 2008 12:40:00

A Native American who shot a bald eagle for use in a tribal religious ceremony must stand trial, a federal appeals court has ruled

Border-fence dispute snares rare jaguarsupdated: Tue May 06 2008 10:50:00

It's a tale of homeland security concerns blocking wildlife management, and the hue and cry that ensues.

Time.com: Will the Polar Bear Survive?updated: Fri May 02 2008 20:00:00

U.S. Fish and Wildlife must decide on the polar bear this month. But does the species really need protection?

Identical triplets bornupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 12:58:00

A Long Island couple is adjusting to life with three newborns: rare identical triplets who arrived after four years of trying.

Time.com: Is it Getting Too Warm for Penguins? updated: Tue Feb 12 2008 14:00:00

A new study finds that rising temperatures are in danger of wiping out the king penguins of Antarctica

Feds OK drought deal letting Georgia keep more waterupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:12:00

Federal biologists said Friday they had signed off on a plan aimed at providing relief to the drought-parched Southeast, under which more water will be retained in Georgia instead of being released into Florida.

Plea for Plan B in Southern drought sagaupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 21:43:00

Governors of three drought-ridden Southern states met with federal officials to address water usage issues for two river basins Thursday, as the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to present a plan meant to relieve regions dangerously low on water.

Water warupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 21:43:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin has more on the fight over water between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Where have all the hunters gone? updated: Mon Sep 03 2007 03:01:00

Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue.

Bald eagle soars off endangered listupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 03:05:00

The bald eagle, America's national symbol, is flying high after spending three decades in recovery. On Thursday, the government took the eagle off the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list.

Eagles under new threatupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 03:05:00

Eagles under new threat

Bald eagle soaring 'success,' but at what cost?updated: Thu Jun 07 2007 09:37:00

The bald eagle is officially about to become a "conservation success story" for the U.S. government, which has worked for more than three decades to help the national symbol recover from habitat destruction, illegal shooting and contamination of its food source.

Polar bears may get protectionupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 17:15:00

Polar bears may be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of a loss of habitat that jeopardizes their survival, the Interior secretary said Wednesday.

Shuttle team shoos away vulturesupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 09:22:00

Vultures and space shuttles do not fly together well.

Payback Time For The Cock Of The Prairieupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 17:01:00

Is the strutting sage grouse, iconic bird of the Western steppe, an endangered species? No doubt about it, say environmentalists, who petitioned for federal protection for the "cock of the prairie," as Lewis and Clark fondly dubbed it.

Predators in paradiseupdated: Fri Oct 22 2004 15:18:00

A dangerous intruder has invaded Everglades National Park, and it's putting the native wildlife at risk.

FSB: Good Eggs At $75 an ounce, what's the real appeal of caviar?updated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00

Of all the shorthand symbols of conspicuous consumption, caviar may be the most obvious--and the most enduring. Even in the second century B.C., a jar of sturgeon (the fish whose eggs are caviar) h...

Fortune: IRA irritations, the Republican regulation machine, why fascism isn't sexy, and other matters. ONLY IN AMERICA (Cont'd)updated: Mon Nov 02 1992 00:01:00

Plainclothes federal officers cited a startled Bolinas ((California)) merchant earlier this month for selling fans made from feathers she'd found on the beach. Claire Blotter, 43, said agents from ...

Fortune: The necessity of obloquy, nausea in Boston, how to get slugged in New York, and other matters. ONLY IN AMERICA (Cont'd)updated: Mon Dec 30 1991 00:01:00

BEAUMONT, CALIFORNIA -- Cleanup of toxic wastes at the old Lockheed . . . rocket-testing site south of Beaumont has been delayed about a year while plans are hammered out for dealing with the feder...

Money Magazine: STOCK OF THE MONTH WITH THESE ENEMIES, WHO NEEDS FRIENDS?updated: Fri Nov 01 1991 00:01:00

The campaign to reduce West Coast logging to save the northern spotted owl has been about as welcome to the forest-products industry as a splinter in the foot. Executives at lumber companies such a...

Fortune: BOY SCOUTS, SEX -- AND KOREAN TRADEupdated: Mon Jun 17 1991 00:01:00

The Jackson, Wyoming, Boy Scouts are doing their bit to turn last year's trade deficit with South Korea into a surplus. Their export: hundreds of antlers shed by elk in the Tetons during the winter...

Fortune: Regan did it, the great paragraph breakthrough, elastic thinking about taxes, and other matters. A TOUGH FORTNIGHTupdated: Mon Feb 27 1989 00:01:00

As hinted in the heading, the column you are now gaping at proved to be tougher to produce than usual. Half a dozen entries were aborted after your correspondent had spent a lot of time on them. Ba...

Fortune: The simplest health insurance plan, remembering turtles, religion on the dole, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN NATURE STUDIEupdated: Mon Nov 07 1988 00:01:00

CHRISTIANA, DEL. -- Plans to build a $25 million highway may be delayed beyond a deadline for obtaining federal funds over fears that a species of turtle is threatened by the project. U.S. Fish and...

Fortune: The terrible news about teeth, how to hire a criminal, a cheer for the sweatshops, and other matters. A CIVIL RIGHT THAT DIDN'T updated: Mon Oct 10 1988 00:01:00

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal judge has ruled that Moonstone Beach is . . . not ((for)) nudes. U.S. District Judge Ernest C. Torres refused Monday to grant an injunction that would have required th...

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