wildlife

Spotted Owl Listing
7:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Wildlife Officials Consider Endangered Listing For Spotted Owl

A Northern Spotted Owl.
Credit Rob Manning / OPB

The Northwest’s most iconic bird could get a conservation boost in the coming years.  

On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing it will review the protection status of the Northern Spotted Owl. The result could be an endangered species listing. 

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Wildlife Preservation
7:27 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife

Mule deer roam in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Credit EarthFix

Bluebird skies, warming temperatures, and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail.

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Wolf Population
5:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Idaho Biologists Count Fewer Wolves But More Breeding Pairs

State biologists can confirm at least 22 breeding pairs of wolves in Idaho.
Titleist46 Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:28 pm

Idaho biologists say the number of wolves is likely declining, but their count of breeding pairs of wolves -- a key number used to measure the health of the state’s wolf population -- has actually gone up.

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Wolf Population,
8:17 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Estimates Show Wolf Pairs In Idaho Nearing Minimum Requirement

Idaho biologists estimates there are between 15 and 25 breeding pairs of wolves in the state.
Credit Denali National Park and Preserve

Idaho biologists say the state’s wolf population likely continued its decline in 2014 -- and that may be because few of them are breeding.

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Northwest Ducks
9:50 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Love The Northwest? So Do Many Ducks

Credit Earl Blackaby

If you live near water, you probably live near ducks. You've likely seen them... and you've definitely heard them. They can be, well... pretty noisy.

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Seabird Deaths
6:53 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Small Seabirds Washing Up Dead on Northwest Beaches

Dead birds discovered on Christmas Eve by Ken and Cathy Denton near North Bend.
Credit Ken Denton

Hundreds of small, blue-footed seabirds have been washing up dead on Northwest beaches. Scientists are trying to determine the cause.

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Uncommon Goose
7:18 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Goose Takes A Wrong Turn, Winds Up Bird Celebrity In Oregon

A tundra bean-goose (top) has been spotted at the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
Credit Sarah Swanson

A bird rarely seen in North America has turned a small bay on the Oregon Coast into a major destination for bird watchers this winter.

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Environmental DNA
6:43 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Science Fiction Becomes Reality For Species Surveys

Postdoc researcher Jimmy O'Donnell at the UW lab bench where he processes eDNA samples.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Imagine how cool it would be to detect rare or invasive species, study biodiversity or to estimate fish abundance with just a scoop of air or a dip of water. It'd be like science fiction come true. Well, science fiction is indeed becoming reality through a new sampling technology called environmental DNA.

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Prison Rehab
6:36 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Restore Threatened Species

Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem is growing Kincaid’s Lupine and Golden Paintbrush, flowers relied upon by the rare Fender’s Blue and Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies.
Credit Captain Chad Naugle / ODOC

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

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Wolves
6:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Mating More Frequently

A new study from Canada showed wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife / U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A new study out of Canada revealed a surprising side effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

It turns out wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones. So, they were stressed out and mating more frequently.

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