| May 19, 2015
| 5:44 PM
A Carbon County man pleaded guilty last week to killing a bald eagle and five great blue herons near his property at the base of Blue Mountain, close to Bake Oven Knob, and paid more than $4,700 in fines.
Carl. D Marion, 46, of the 2500 block of...
| May 19, 2015
| 2:49 PM
The fate of the greater sage grouse will be decided this year — the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must decide by September if the increasingly rare bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act — and as business interests and...
| May 18, 2015
| 4:19 PM
Hundreds of birders flocked to Chicago's Montrose Harbor over the weekend in hopes of catching a glimpse of a species so rare that it nearly went extinct.
The Kirtland's warbler has been on the federal endangered species list since 1967, was once known...
| May 11, 2015
| 8:55 PM
The Obama administration on Monday announced conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. to resume its long and troubled efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, prompting a backlash from environmental groups that warned of the risks of...
| May 10, 2015
| 4:06 AM
Every spring, the leaves of pungent, onionlike plants emerge from their subterranean hibernation in forested areas across the Chicago region.
Commonly known as ramps, the small white bulbs with reddish-purple stems and billowy green leaves are a...
| May 4, 2015
| 7:32 PM
SeaWorld is fighting three lawsuits from customers who say the company misled them about treatment of its whales, but several legal experts say the cases may be difficult for the plaintiffs to win.
"It's just highly unlikely it's ever going to result...
| May 2, 2015
| 8:50 PM
For decades, oyster growers in southwest Washington have battled to control native shrimp that burrow in the mudflats and make it hard for oysters to grow.
Now, after getting state approval, a group of shellfish farmers plan to spray a widely used...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 8:00 PM
As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.
Competing interests — environmental, urban and agricultural — have defeated repeated...
| May 1, 2015
| 7:30 AM
Experts have reported some good news about their long-running efforts to protect fish in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: A ban on fishing in one large portion of the reef has helped fish throughout the habitat.
The protections also appear to...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 6:11 AM
A loud, trumpet-like call sweeps across acres of tall grass fields at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel.
The call, made by a male whooping crane, is quickly followed by a shorter, two-note call from a nearby female.
"That's the unison call," said...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:24 PM
An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.
Environmental groups are urging state fisheries...