When the Amazon burns, what happens to its biodiversity?
The number of fires burning in standing Amazon rainforest spiked dramatically in recent weeks, threatening the forest’s biodiversity — a richness of flora and fauna not adapted to withstand the flames.Of all major fires detected in the Amazon this year, 43% were in standing forests, as of Sept 21, (up from only 13% in August) according to the non-profit MAAP. The forest burned is estimated at roughly 4.6 million acres (1.8 million hectares) — an area about three-fifths the size of Belgium.Major fires in Brazil in 2020Fire data from MAAP’s Amazon Fire Monitoring App is updated in real time and ...
Dennis Anderson: There are positives as grouse season opens, but issues, too
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s ruffed grouse season opens Saturday, a big deal, memory-wise, to a lot of people.Historically the state’s most pursued game bird, Ol’ Ruff hangs out in places every Minnesotan should visit but few do. High lands. Low lands. Hay fields. Aspen stands. Gray dogwood thickets. These and many other out-of-the-way places are home to what many consider to be the King of Forest Birds.Minnesotans like to think of themselves as the best, and maybe they are. But what’s certain is that this state has the nation’s best ruffed grouse hunting, measured by bird numbers and the availab...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New National Geographic show on Disney Plus explores Animal Kingdom and Epcot
A new National Geographic show takes viewers behind the scenes of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” which debuts Friday on Disney Plus, provides a deeper look at Walt Disney World’s more than 5,000 animals and their care, plus how these creatures inspired the park’s design and what Disney is doing to protect animals in the wild.“We wanted to tell our stories better, and that is what Disney is so famous for is telling our stories,” said Dr. Mark Penning, Disney Parks’ vice president for animals,...
2 Missouri crayfish species may be listed as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two kinds of Missouri crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as identifying “critical habitat” for their survival and recovery in the state’s southeast watersheds.Both the Big Creek crayfish and the St. Francis River crayfish have seen their numbers contract since the introduction of nonnative woodland crayfish in the 1980s. While the invasive crayfish is seen as the “primary threat” to the native species, the agency said in its listing last week that they also contend with water quality issues, ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in federal waters
SAN DIEGO — A prestigious San Diego research institute and a Long Beach social benefit investment group are teaming to create what could be the first fish farm in federal waters.The proposed farm, Pacific Ocean AquaFarm, would be located about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowfish each year — enough for 11 million servings of the popular seafood.A partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific6 Enterprise, the project also would create a diversity of economic opportunities and provide a local source for a fish that is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'Unstoppable.' How the Bear fire erupted into a deadly disaster for tiny Berry Creek
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bear fire looked like it would behave itself.It had been burning for three weeks in the Plumas National Forest, the result of a mid-August lightning strike, but hadn’t done any lethal damage. It was part of a complex of fires that was about 50% contained. Even a significant windstorm that threatened to push the fire across the middle fork of the Feather River didn’t seem like a major cause for alarm.All told, in the early morning hours of Sept. 8, the team managing the Bear fire appeared confident it could keep the fire under control. A team of firefighters on loan fro...
The Sacramento Bee
Around 300 Chinese vessels near Galapágos protection zone were ‘pillaging oceans for squid,’ analysis shows
Analysts have found that the fleet of some 300 Chinese fishing vessels positioned off the coast of the Galapágos islands are mainly fishing for squid. The findings were released by environmental protection NGO Oceana on Wednesday.According to data collected from fishing vessels from mid-July to mid-August, the vessels collectively logged a total of 73,000 hours, amounting to 99 per cent of recorded fishing activity in the area within the one month period.The findings are based on information captured by the Global Fishing Watch mapping tool developed by Oceana, in partnership with Google and S...
Hong Kong Free Press
Minn. man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on Red Lake reservation
MINNEAPOLIS — A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally killing a 700-pound black bear while trespassing on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.Brett James Stimac, 41, entered the plea to misdemeanor wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land after removing the head of the bear, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Minnesota.Stimac shot the bear with a compound bow near a trash bin on Sept. 1, 2019. The bear ran away, but when Stimac found it the next day, he sawed off its head and paws to keep as trophies, the complaint said.Charges said Stimac couldn’t m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Endangered wildlife, habitat burned in Washington's wildfires
SEATTLE — Entire wildlife areas have been destroyed and endangered populations of animals gravely depleted by wildfires burning in Eastern Washington.Much of the area burned east of the mountains included shrub-steppe habitat. The assemblage of sage and other plants is critical to the survival of the pygmy rabbit, sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse.It is still the early days in understanding the extent of the damage from the fires and how it unfolded. But wildlife managers think the Pearl Hill fire may cause a population decline of anywhere from 30% to 70% in sage grouse, bringing the statewi...
The Seattle Times
Cargill joins regenerative agriculture movement, sets goal for 10 million acres
Regenerative agriculture has been gaining popularity in pockets of farming over the last several years, but now Cargill Inc., the world’s largest agribusiness, is pushing the phenomenon.The Minnetonka, Minn.-based company on Wednesday said it will help convert 10 million acres of row crop farmland in North America over a decade to regenerative practices, which are designed to improve soil biodiversity and reduce erosion and runoff.Cargill joins a growing list of U.S. corporations, including General Mills, that are backing regenerative agriculture as a solution to climate problems and depressed...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)