North America

California bans captive breeding of SeaWorld killer whales

California Coastal Commission approves a $100 million expansion of tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego, but attaches ban on breedin.

09 October 2015

I'm a falconer - and there's nothing like watching a bird you trained in action

Every time you release a hawk for a hunt, there’s a chance you’ll never see her again. You spend time crafting something beautiful, and then you let it go.

07 October 2015

As biodiversity dwindles, a shift in thought on conservation

Following an unprecedented collaborative effort to save the sage grouse, some conservationists are calling for environmental protections that

06 October 2015

A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species

When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.

05 October 2015

Peregrine falcon population sees record growth in Quebec

At least 25 peregrine falcons were born in Montreal region this past summer.

05 October 2015

Known fish species living in the Salish Sea increases in new report

A new report documents all of the fishes that live in the Salish Sea. In total, 253 fish species have been recorded, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.

30 September 2015

Endangered Fur Seals Dying on California Coast

Eighty fur seals have been found stranded or dead on California's coast so far this year, eight times more than normal, scientists said.

30 September 2015

China and US agree on ivory ban in bid to end illegal trade globally

The two largest markets for illegal ivory agree to enact a nearly complete ban on the import and export of ivory to help reduce the loss of elephants to poaching.

26 September 2015

Satellite Data Helps Migrating Birds

This fall, birds migrating south from the Arctic will find 7,000 acres of new, temporary wetland habitat for their stopovers in California.

25 September 2015

How An Iconic Western Bird Is Stepping Back From the Brink

After a long and controversial wait, the U.S. government decided not to place the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

22 September 2015