| Jan 30, 2015
| 3:51 PM
Even with powerful top-notch binoculars, it’s not easy singling out the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from other subspecies of a family of birds known collectively as Empidonax.
Expert bird watchers say positive identification of the drab birds...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 4:10 PM
The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago.
The 100-pound male wolf was pursuing a bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert's rugged Providence Mountains in 1922 when a steel-jaw...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 2:53 PM
The bobcat was on Illinois' threatened species list from 1977 to 1999.
Five years ago, amateur photographer David Horning was driving along a gravel country road in southern Illinois when the sight of a bobcat with a rabbit clenched in his teeth stopped...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 12:14 PM
"If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news. But that is happening in the great outdoors."
— Ken Norris, director of science at the Zoological Society of London, to The Guardian
Now relocate Ken Norris'...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 12:53 PM
News of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's interest in building an outdoor concert venue in Naperville has mobilized residents of a nearby neighborhood who say adjacent land is a haven for wildlife that should be protected.
Holding concerts on the land...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 1:43 PM
The president of a luxury Boynton Beach auction house pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory to China.
Christopher Hayes, president of Elite Estate Buyers, admitted to participating in a complex...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 9:11 AM
The Supreme Court on Monday kept in place environmental orders in California that protect the endangered delta smelt and limit the pumping of river water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The justices turned down appeals from several water...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 1:32 PM
One day before he is set to leave office, Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have allowed bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in 40 years.
The measure would have amended the wildlife code to allow hunters to kill one bobcat in...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 10:58 AM
The tiny toad species said to possibly be lurking near Jaindl Land Company's planned 600-plus acre development in Lower Macungie will be protected and monitored under an agreement reached between Jaindl and the state Fish and Boat Commission.
| Nov 3, 2014
| 6:45 PM
For decades, humans have built rovers to visit places we can't easily reach, including the moon and Mars. Now scientists have built a rover to explore another challenging target: colonies of adorable penguins.
A team led by scientists from the...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 9:44 PM
The delta smelt may be a small fish with a short life, but it has spawned a decades-long legal battle over water in California.
At issue has been a series of orders under the Endangered Species Act that at times reduce water deliveries from the...