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Isle Royale wolves doing well

...fourths of the park's area, and by taking over the west end of the island, they have increased the number of moose available to them for food. The East Pack, however, while having a smaller territory, still maintains control over that part of the island with the greatest number of moose. Isle Royale's mo...

Chytrid fungus associated with boreal toad deaths in Rocky Mountains

...ere found in a population located on private lands west of Denver in May of 1999 by Colorado Division of Wildlife researchers. USGS pathologists identified chytrid fungus in many of the dead and living toads they examined from that site. Live toads show few clinical signs of the disease, but some may app...

RX for Hawaii's dry forests: no cows and lots of hard work

...bunch grass that has invaded thousands of acres in west Hawaii. Cabin and his colleagues observed that the rodents ate most of the seeds while the fountain grass smothered any seedlings. To control the rodents, the researchers used bait traps laced with rodenticide. To control the fountain grass, they we...

NSF awards $4.2 Million grants to three coastal sites for long-term ecological research

...to the ecology and economy of coastal areas on the west coasts of North and South America. Kelp forests occur on shallow coastal reefs, and are affected in both positive and negative ways by land and the open ocean, through water carrying sediment, nutrients, and pollutants. The effects of terrestrial r...

June 'Geology' and 'GSA Today' highlights

...s of the plate margin in the Marmara Sea, directly west of the last ruptures, and helps refine our understanding of potential future seismicity in the region. Aksu et al. note that the seismically active North Anatolian transform fault dives under the Marmara Sea and changes character significantly. ...

Breast is still best, though breast-fed infants may show initial slower weight gain

...others (over 35) who were nonsmokers living in the west census region, and had a high education level. Never breast-fed infants and children were more likely to be black, small for gestational age, born to teenaged mothers who were smokers living in the south census region and had less than a high school...

Cincinnati researchers document environmental problems caused by tourist trade in Crete

...ni, a stand of live oaks and other deciduous trees west of the village of Avdou; Koumdrodassos, a stand of strawberry trees that is perhaps the largest stand of this type of trees in all of Crete; and the forest of Sfendyli, an area that will be obliterated if a proposed dam is built. "It's definitely be...

Giant jellies invade Gulf of Mexico threatening shrimp fishery

...nd and along the Louisiana and Texas coasts to the west side of the Mississippi River. Arial surveys have shown that these jellyfish congregate in large patches - in some cases more than 2,000 jellyfish clustering in an area the size of a football field. In response to this invasion, the Mississippi-Al...

Bullfrogs invading Canada's west coast

...es. In Canada, bullfrogs are not naturally found west of Ontario. It was people -- probably looking to enhance their aquatic gardens or farm frogs for their tasty legs -- who brought the first bullfrogs to B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island several decades ago. The frogs have been spreading in l...

USGS scientists warn: West Nile virus is on the move

...nd Maryland, can now travel much further south and west because of the numbers and species of birds it has infected this year. Were concerned that the fall migration of millions of birds from and through the 400-mile-wide infected region in the northeastern United States may move West Nile virus southw...

Worldwide transfer of microorganism facilitated by ballast water

...c Seas green crab is now ranging the northeast and west coasts of the U.S., aquatic plants such as phragmites, water milfoil and hydrilla are taking over many near shore areas, the rapa whelk from the Sea of Japan is in the lower Chesapeake, the comb jelly from the Chesapeake arrived in the Black Sea and ...

Researchers study oldest oak east of the Mississippi

...trends for the east. Bristlecone pine trees in the west are used to determine climate patterns for thousands of years and serve as the primary data to illustrate global warming. The study also suggests that human misuse of the environment might affect the health of trees. During a period that lasted fr...

Animals regulate their numbers by own population density

...Arctic Institute Base at Kluane Lake, about 200 km west of Whitehorse. Karels and Boonstra took groups of arctic ground squirrels that lived under certain conditions - one group was protected from predators via an electric fence, another was provided with food in the form of rabbit pellets, a third group ...

New research aims to help rowers take the strain off their backs

...Imperial College's Charing Cross campus in Fulham, west London, just under a mile away from the newly-refurbished Imperial College boathouse on the River Thames in Putney....

Biologists uncover Darwins missing evidence for divergence of species in a warblers song

...mate. But the forms of complexity differed between west and east Siberia, because there are more ways to be complex than simple. "The greenish warbler is the first case in which we can see all the steps that occurred in the behavioral divergence of two species from their common ancestor. These results de...

Scientists see early indications of lobster decline

...ement studies suggest widespread declines at least west of Penobscot Bay. No larval monitoring has been done east of there. Censuses of juvenile lobsters that are two to four years old (two to five years prior to harvest) have been conducted statewide at nearly 40 sites from York to Jonesport. "Most tro...

Without bears and wolves to hunt them, Yellowstone moose have lost some spring in their step, study says

... to America - a living museum of what the American west largely looked like hundreds of years ago. If our science can help us understand predator-prey dynamics, and simultaneously help preserve the critical wildlife living in this ecosystem, than we will have succeeded," said Berger....

Passport, please: A global strategy to curb invasive species

...t grasses of California. ``The range-lands of the west are being taken over by noxious weeds causing enormous financial loss,`` says Mooney. The human propensity to travel, carrying plants, animals and bacteria, is essentially taking our ecosystems back some 200 million years, when the Earth consisted o...

Study finds pawpaw a tasty fat substitute in baked goods

...ntario, Canada, as far south as Florida and as far west as Nebraska. The fruit, about three to six inches in length, has a tough green skin and orange or yellow pulp, with about six almond-shaped seeds. Pawpaws haven't been commercially successful because they have a shelf life of only three days. But...

Isle Royale wolves fewer, but thriving

... in the poor winter food supply, especially on the west end of the island, where the animals often have to try to survive on lichens. Moose on the east end fare better because of the large balsam fir stands growing there....

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