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Saving Florida's Panthers - For Now

Conservation & Preservation

Wired Science reports that the gene pool of panthers in Florida has been increased with the introduction of eight females trapped in Texas.

This is another example of what lengths man has to go to to preserve and protect the planet's mammals from extinction.

Conservationists introduced eight female panthers trapped in Texas. Between 1995 and 2003, the newcomers bred with native cats; as described in a Sept. 24 Science study, the gene pool was replenished. The Florida panther’s future is hardly assured, but it certainly looks better.

“Those defects are still found, but the proportion is much lower now,” said David Onorato, a researcher at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Florida Panther Project.

Onorato and a team of geneticists and other conservationists analyzed genetic data gathered from Florida’s panthers over the last 31 years, both before and after the translocation.

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How the first flock of British cranes since the 16th century were set free

Conservation & Preservation

A fly-past not seen for 400 years:How the first flock of British cranes since the 16th century were set free
By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 8:11 AM on 8th September 2010

Its piercing cry echoed over our marshes and wetlands - until it was hunted to extinction.
But 400 years on, the crane is making a comeback.
Experts who want to return the species to its former habitat have hatched eggs from Germany and are reintroducing a flock of 20.

Test flight: Two cranes explore their territory after being released into the wild.Test flight: Two cranes explore their territory after being released into the wild 

The fledglings, which were brought up in a Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centre in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, in the spring, were given their first taste of the wild last month.


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Tags reveal puffin food 'hotspot'

Conservation & Preservation

GPS tags revealed that puffins foraged closer to "home" than previously thought.


GPS devices fitted to puffins have offered a valuable insight into the daily feeding patterns of the seabirds.

Data revealed that the birds headed for foraging "hotspots" about 20 miles away, much closer than previously thought.

Researchers fitted the logging devices to 12 adult birds at England's largest puffin colony on the Farne Islands.

The team tagged the birds in an effort to find out why the islands' population crashed by 30% between 2003 and 2008.

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U.S. bird cull means Canada geese are goners

Conservation & Preservation

By Tobi Cohen, Canwest News Service July 2, 2010

File photo of Canada Geese.

File photo of Canada Geese.

Photograph by: Bruce Edwards,

Canada geese are being served up at food banks in Oregon state, where more than 100 of the iconic birds were gassed this week in retaliation for pooping up a city park.

According to local media reports, 109 Canada geese were taken from Drake Park in Bend, Ore., and asphyxiated with carbon dioxide.

Jan Taylor, a spokeswoman with the Bend Park and Recreation District, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that Canada geese have been a problem in the popular tourist region since she moved there 20 years ago.

"You want to put a blanket down in the park and you wind up walking in a lot of feces," she said.

"It's uncomfortable. People don't like it."



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Sea turtle eggs being moved to Atlantic

Conservation & Preservation

June 28, 2010


A sea turtle egg relocation project has been started in hopes of keeping hatchlings out of the oil that's spreading through Gulf of Mexico.

Henry Cabbage of the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they have  started digging up sea turtle eggs in nests  in Florida's Panhandle.

The eggs are being moved to a secure facility in Cape  Canaveral, Florida, where the turtles will be released in the Atlantic Ocean once they're hatched.



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