April 28, 2010


Oysters, nesting birds face threat from Gulf of Mexico oil spill

As workers continued to try to stop and contain the oil spill off the Louisiana coast Monday, the Coast Guard was drawing up contingency plans in cooperation with Gulf Coast states from Louisiana to Florida.

"There are going to be significant marine impacts," said Aaron Viles, director of the New Orleans-based environmental group Gulf Restoration Network.

Concern focused on the Chandeleur and Breton barrier islands in Louisiana, where thousands of birds are nesting.

The Dallas Morning News - www.dallasnews.com [Source: Associated Press]
27 April 2010
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Scientists to Launch Massive Urban Wildlife Study

Scientists at Lincoln Park Zoo are gearing up for a massive study of urban wildlife in the Chicago region.

. . . Magle and other researchers are putting cameras at more than 100 sites all over the Chicago region.

The idea is to track how and where animals move in urban areas.

Chicago Public Radio - www.wbez.org
26 April 2010
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DNR Study Confirms Threats To Native Crayfish

A new study by Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists finds that several of Maryland’s native crayfish species have declined due to the introduction and spread of invasive species.

This new study highlights the need for increased public awareness of invasive species issues and public participation and support to prevent the spread of problem animals.

“It’s been over 45 years since the last comprehensive study of Maryland’s crayfish, and a lot has changed in that time” said Jay Kilian, a biologist in DNR’s Resource Assessment Service and one of the authors of the study.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - www.dnr.state.md.us
26 April 2010
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