Threatened species http://nwpr.org en Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back http://nwpr.org/post/federal-protection-bladderpod-plant-pushed-back The federal government has pushed back the possible threatened listing of two rare plants that could affect farmers in southeast Washington. Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod have become very controversial, because part of the plants’ habitat spans valuable crop ground.<p>It’s a big topic of conversation at the Country Mercantile restaurant where many Franklin County farmers lunch. Ami MacHugh is an area cherry and horse farmer whose land could be affected by the possible federal protections.<p>She says even with the delayed decision she’s still upset. Wed, 22 May 2013 23:34:20 +0000 Anna King 27989 at http://nwpr.org Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back Can This Rare Songbird Be Lured Away From Risky Neighborhoods? http://nwpr.org/post/can-rare-songbird-be-lured-away-risky-neighborhoods <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051313TB_LuringLarks_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A songbird called the streaked horned lark has a curious propensity for risky neighborhoods. That's not a good quality for a bird proposed for listing as a threatened species. Its preferred hangouts include airports, Army training fields, and dredge spoil dumping sites along the lower Columbia River. Tue, 14 May 2013 23:42:48 +0000 Tom Banse 27537 at http://nwpr.org Can This Rare Songbird Be Lured Away From Risky Neighborhoods? Dozens Of Farmers Fight Threatened Designation Of Bladderpod http://nwpr.org/post/dozens-farmers-fight-threatened-designation-bladderpod <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413AK_Bladderpod_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Farmers in southeast Washington packed a County Commission hearing Tuesday morning in Pasco. They’re angry because a flowering desert plant called the White Bluffs bladderpod may be designated as a federally threatened species by next week.<p>It likes to live on high desert bluffs near the Columbia River. Tue, 14 May 2013 22:59:52 +0000 Anna King 27534 at http://nwpr.org Dozens Of Farmers Fight Threatened Designation Of Bladderpod Oregon Removes Bald Eagles From Threatened List http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-removes-bald-eagles-threatened-list <p>Bald eagles are no longer considered threatened by the state of Oregon. The state&#39;s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to remove the iconic bird from the state list of endangered species. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:21:21 +0000 Chris Lehman 4615 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Removes Bald Eagles From Threatened List