Jan 18, 2015

Oracle's Ellison to underwrite California wildlife center

One of the world’s richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus on helping endangered insects, reptiles and amphibians thrive. The Conservation Center for Wildlife Care ...

Jan 16, 2015

Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades. Some 36 migratory shorebird species, numbering between 3 million and 8 ...

Activist sees public shift on dolphins in captivity

Jan 13, 2015

Activist sees public shift on dolphins in captivity

Ric O’Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public’s mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved “Flipper” TV series in the 1960s to a notorious activist featured in the 2009 documentary ...

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

Jan 12, 2015

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

A highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian influenza has been found in central Taiwan in the first confirmed case on the island, health authorities said. Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Sunday the H5N8 avian flu virus was found at a goose farm ...

Jan 12, 2015

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets new, prehistoric marine reptile

Scotland has its very own prehistoric marine reptile — and, no, we’re not talking about Nessie, the mythic Loch Ness monster. Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphinlike seagoing reptile on Scotland’s Isle of Skye that lived about 170 ...

Jan 11, 2015

Plans afoot to clean India's offices with cow urine

Cow urine may soon be used to clean the floors of India’s government offices in a country where bovines are sacred and their bodily waste considered therapeutic and even thirst-quenching. A charity working to care for and protect the cows that freely roam India’s ...

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

Jan 8, 2015

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book, data from the National Audubon Society suggested on Wednesday. Sightings of the majestic ...