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Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts
The University of Florida, keeper of the world's shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish.  12/2/08
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Yellow-Legged Frog Faces Extinction (AP)
AP - The mountain yellow-legged frog has survived for thousands of years in lakes and streams carved by glaciers, living up to nine months under snow and ice and then emerging to issue its raspy chorus across the Sierra Nevada range.      2/11/2006
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Polar Bears Endangered? -- multiple news sources
   Feds Move to Protect Polar Bears (AP)
Dan Joling | Yahoo! News
AP - Amid concerns that global warming is melting away the icy habitats where polar bears live, the federal government is reviewing whether they should be considered a threatened species.

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   Polar Bears Being Considered for U.S. Endangered List
John Roach | National Geographic News
The bears could be the first mammals officially deemed endangered due to global warming, possibly indicating a shift in Bush Administration thinking on climate change.    2/12/2006
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Unique Australian Trees Endangered (AP)
Rod McGuirk | Yahoo! News
**FILE PHOTO** This undated photo, released by the Botanic Gardens Trust, shows a sample of a Wollemi pine and a fossil of the tree thought to be extinct. The Wollemi pine is believed to date back 200 million years, and the oldest known fossils of the species are 90 million years old. (AP Photo/Botanic Gardens Trust, Jaime Plaza, HO)AP - The only known wild stand of a tree species dating to Jurassic times has been endangered by a deadly disease probably introduced by an unauthorized hiker, a government official said Monday.  1/29/2006
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Experts: Black-Footed Ferrets Reproducing (AP)
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AP - In an encouraging sign for the black-footed ferret, wildlife officials say the animal is apparently reproducing across the West after nearing extinction less than three decades ago. 1/31/2006
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Illegal trade is propelling rare turtle toward extinction, new report
World Wildlife Fund | EurekAlert!
A new report released today finds that the illegal trade in the Roti Island snake-necked turtle, found only on one island in Indonesia, has left it all but extinct in the wild. Exotic pet enthusiasts in Europe, North America and East Asia are fueling the illegal trade for the turtle, often without realizing that they are contributing to its demise. No legal trade of this species has been allowed since 2001. 2/1/2006
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Pesticide combinations imperil frogs, probably contribute to amphibian decline
University of California - Berkeley | EurekAlert!
Some two dozen pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are sprayed on corn, and Midwestern frog ponds reflect this -- they're a brew of chemicals and endocrine disruptors that can persist through the growing season. UC Berkeley experiments show that the chemical mix, not just one pesticide alone, screws up the sexual development of frogs and makes them prone to a deadly bacterial disease. The study suggests pesticides are one cause of the worldwide decline of amphibians. 2/1/2006
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Chronic oil pollution takes toll on seabirds along South American coast
University of Washington | EurekAlert!
Chronic oil pollution, a long-standing problem along a 4,200-mile stretch of coast from southern Brazil to northern Argentina, is taking a toll on Magellanic penguins and other seabirds. 1/30/2006
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Dog Virus May Be Killing Yellowstone Wolves
Hope Hamashige | National Geographic News
Officials aren't sure what has killed more than 65 percent of the wolf pups born last year in Yellowstone National Park, but experts suspect a common dog virus is to blame. 
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Experts to Search Bangladesh for Sandpiper (AP)
Parveen Ahmed | Yahoo! News
AP - A team of international bird experts will begin surveying the Bangladeshi coast Tuesday in search of the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, whose population they believe has dwindled to just 350 pairs in the wild, organizers said Monday.
The spoon-billed sandpiper, a small shore bird with a bill shaped like a teaspoon, lives and breeds in the Russian tundra.
However, after summer they migrate to warmer climates in Asia, and usually spend winters along the coastal areas of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar — after a long, arduous journey of nearly 3,730 miles through Japan, Korea and China, said Christoph Zockler from Cambridge, England who will lead the Bangladesh survey.     
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Study: Competition for sex is a 'jungle out there'
Washington University in St. Louis | EurekAlert!
Mother Nature could use a few more good pollinators, especially in species-rich biodiversity hotspots, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).
Jana Vamosi, Ph.D, postdoctoral associate at the University of Calgary and Tiffany Knight, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and their collaborators have performed an exhaustive global analysis of more than 1,000 pollination studies which included 166 different plant species and found that, in areas where there is a great deal of plant diversity, plants suffer lower pollination and reproductive success. For some plant species, this reduction in fruit and seed production could push them towards extinction.      
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Conservationists agree steps to save African lion
Ed Stoddard | Reuters
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Regional governments and conservationists have agreed on initial steps that need to be taken to save the African lion, which has been pushed to the brink of extinction throughout much of its range.
The strategies were worked out at a workshop on lions in east and southern Africa which wrapped up at the weekend.
"...the reduction in the lion's wild prey base, human-lion conflicts and habitat degradation are the major reasons for declining lion populations and need to be addressed," the World Conservation Union, one of the workshop's organizers, said in a statement on Monday.  
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Climate change drives widespread amphibian extinctions by fatal frog fungus
National Science Foundation | EurekAlert!
Results of a new study provide the first clear proof that global warming is causing outbreaks of an infectious disease that is wiping out entire frog populations and driving many species to extinction. 

Published in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Nature, the study reveals how the warming may alter the dynamics of a skin fungus that is fatal to amphibians. The climate-driven fungal disease, the author's say, has hundreds of species around the world teetering on the brink of extinction or has already pushed them into the abyss.
"Disease is the bullet that's killing the frogs," said J. Alan Pounds, the study's lead scientist affiliated with the Tropical Science Center's Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. "But climate change is pulling the trigger. Global warming is wreaking havoc on amphibians, and soon will cause staggering losses of biodiversity," he said.   
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Conservationists Sue to Protect Butterfly (AP)
Scott Sonner | Yahoo News
AP - Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday seeking protection for a rare butterfly they say is threatened by off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the West.
Environmentalists want the agency to declare the Sand Mountain blue butterfly an endangered species because, they say, its habitat is being destroyed at the only place it is known to live — the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in western Nevada.
The Bureau of Land Management controls activities at the dune, which is 600 feet tall and stretches for two miles. It attracts an estimated 50,000 off-roaders annually on motorcycles, dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., accuses the agency of violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to respond to petitions since April 2004 seeking federal protection for the butterfly. The act requires the government to provide a preliminary response to such petitions within 90 days and often again within a year.    1/6/2006
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Critical danger' warning on fish     1/4/2006   Read whole story

Palm Oil Industry Blamed for Abuse of Organ-Utans     1/2/2006   Read whole story

Tiny pikas seem to be on march toward extinction in Great Basin      12/28/2005   Read whole story

Searchers key in on ivory-billed woodpecker habitat      12/22/2005   Read whole story

Ebola Flares in Western Gorilla, Chimp Stronghold - Vaccine Holds Hope      4/4/2005   Read whole story


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