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July 04, 2014

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Zoos, Aquariums, Botanical Gardens, Conservation Organizations

Zoo experts anticipate flood of interest in Akron Zoo's top job
June 23, 2014, by Rick Armon

Full article: http://www.ohio.com/news/local/zoo-experts-anticipate-flood-of-interest-in-akron-zoo-s-top-job-1.498242

Biobank for endangered species to open at Melbourne Museum
June 23, 2014 , by Bridie Smith

Full article: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/biobank-for-endangered-species-to-open-at-melbourne-museum-20140623-zsj4j.html

The Beijing Zoo opened a virtual "online zoo"
June 24, 2014, by Jason G. Goldman

Full article: http://animals.io9.com/the-beijing-zoo-opened-a-virtual-online-zoo-1595046291/+riamisra

Woman banned from Memphis Zoo after trying to feed lions cookies
June 24, 2014, by Jessica Durando

Full article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/06/24/woman-zoo-memphis-lions-cookies/11336785/

Texas State Aquarium announces $50 million expansion
June 25, 2014, by Krista M. Torralva

Full article: http://www.caller.com/news/local/texas-state-aquarium-announces-50-million-expansion_71967601

Rare white-cheeked gibbon born at Brookfield Zoo
June 25, 2014, by Marwa Eltagouri

Full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rare-whitecheeked-gibbon-born-at-brookfield-zoo-20140625,0,1044400.story

Controversial Copenhagen Zoo official: zoos are selling Disney "fairy tales"
June 26, 2014, by Christine Dell'Amore

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140626-copenhagen-zoo-euthanasia-marius-giraffe-conservation-science/

Dahlholzli Zoo kills neglected bear cub, will stuff it for children to learn 'nature can be cruel'
June 26, 2014, by Laura Smith-Spark and Ben Brumfield

Full article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/26/world/europe/switzerland-bear-cub-stuffed/

Wild wake-up: breakfast with tigers at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
June 28, 2014, by Monica Garske

Full article: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Breakfast-With-Tigers-San-Diego-Zoo-Safari-Park-265059991.html

Detroit Zoological Society leaders to share expertise with China's 3 biggest zoos
June 30, 2014, by Sarah Cwiek

Full article: http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-zoological-society-leaders-share-expertise-chinas-3-biggest-zoos

Playful wolf pup makes debut at San Diego Zoo [video]
July 01, 2014

Full article: http://www.cbs8.com/story/25921272/playful-wolf-pup-makes-debut-at-san-diego-zoo

Four litters of red panda cubs born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
July 02, 2014

Full article: http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2014/07/four-litters-of-red-panda-cubs-born-at-scbi.html

Muskox birth at Highland Wildlife Park gives keepers reason for hope
July 02, 2014

Full article: http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2014/07/muskox-birth-gives-keepers-reason-for-hope.html

San Diego Zoo: gorilla baby, now 4 months old, named Joanne
July 03, 2014, by Jennifer Vigil

Full article: http://timesofsandiego.com/life/2014/07/03/san-diego-zoo-imani-gorilla-baby-now-4-months-old-named-joanne/

Under the sea: precious ecosystems depicted in La Jolla's Birch Aquarium photography exhibit
July 04, 2014, by David L. Coddon

Full article: http://www.lajollalight.com/2014/07/04/under-the-sea-precious-ecosystems-depicted-in-la-jollas-birch-aquarium-photography-exhibit/


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Animals: Biology & Conservation

Maybe birds can have it all: dazzling colors and pretty songs
June 18, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140618142614.htm

Citation: N. A. Mason, A. J. Shultz, K. J. Burns. Elaborate visual and acoustic signals evolve independently in a large, phenotypically diverse radiation of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2014; 281 (1788): 20140967 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0967

Trap-jaw ants spreading in southeastern United States
June 18, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140618111807.htm

Citation: Joe A. MacGown, BRENDON BOUDINOT, Mark Deyrup, D. Magdalena Sorger. A review of the Nearctic Odontomachus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae) with a treatment of the males. Zootaxa, 2014; 3802 (4): 515 DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3802.4.7

Fish-eating spiders discovered in all parts of the world
June 18, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140618184618.htm

Citation: Martin Nyffeler, Bradley J. Pusey. Fish predation by semi-aquatic spiders: a global pattern. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (6): e99459 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099459

The genes tell crows to choose partners that look like themselves
June 19, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619142212.htm

Citation: Poelstra, J. W., Vijay, N., Bossu, C. M., Lantz, H., Ryll, B., Müller, I., et al. The genomic landscape underlying phenotypic integrity in the face of gene flow in crows. Science, 2014. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253226

Migaloo the great white whale spotted off Australian east coast
June 19, 2014,by Helen Davidson

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/20/migaloo-the-great-white-whale-spotted-off-australian-east-coast

Satellite imaging research reveals that emperor penguins are more willing to relocate
June 20, 2014

Full article: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2014/06/20/new.research.reveals.emperor.penguins.are.more.willing.relocate

President Obama establishes task force to save bees
June 21, 2014, by Sara Gates

Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/21/obama-white-house-task-force-bees-pesticides_n_5518049.html

Green turtle links Costa Rica's Cocos Island with Ecuador's Galapagos
June 23, 2014, by Lindsay Fendt

Full article: http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/06/23/green-turtle-links-costa-ricas-cocos-island-with-ecuadors-galapagos

Monarch butterfly uses magnetic, Sun compasses
June 24, 2014 , by Malcolm Ritter

Full article: http://www.newsdaily.com/article/a52f46048768738c3a30e4bf1a45c534/monarch-butterfly-uses-magnetic-sun-compasses-study

Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery plan
June 24, 2014 , by Matthew Brown

Full article: http://www.newsdaily.com/article/47577b7de39722f5a5ce78fc63f714c6/court-asked-to-speed-up-canada-lynx-recovery-plan

Iran tries to save Asiatic cheetah from extinction
June 25, 2014, by Nasser Karimi

Full article: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-tries-save-asiatic-cheetah-extinction-051139917.html

Finding elusive emperor penguins: both surveyors and satellites needed to study remote penguin populations
June 25, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140625201858.htm

Citation: André Ancel, Robin Cristofari, Peter T. Fretwell, Phil N. Trathan, Barbara Wienecke, et al. Emperors in hiding: when ice-breakers and satellites complement each other in Antarctic exploration. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (6): e100404. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100404

New species of small mammal: round-eared elephant-shrew found in Namibia
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626132216.htm

Citation: John P. Dumbacher, Galen B. Rathbun, Timothy O. Osborne, Michael Griffin, and Seth J. Eiseb (2014) A new species of round-eared sengi (genus Macroscelides) from Namibia. Journal of Mammalogy: June 2014, Vol. 95, No. 3, pp. 443-454. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-159

Chimps like listening to music with a different beat
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626121659.htm

Citation: Morgan E. Mingle, Timothy M. Eppley, Matthew W. Campbell, Katie Hall, et al. Chimpanzees prefer African and Indian music over silence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 2014. DOI: 10.1037/xan0000032

The shocking truth about electric fish: genomic basis for the convergent evolution of electric organs
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626141652.htm

Citation: J. R. Gallant, L. L. Traeger, J. D. Volkening, H. Moffett, P.-H. Chen, et al. Genomic basis for the convergent evolution of electric organs. Science, 2014; 344 (6191): 1522. DOI: 10.1126/science.1254432

Rare Amazon jungle dog caught on video
June 26, 2014, by Nadia Drake

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140626-short-eared-dog-camera-tambopata-amazon-jungle/

Scientists at work: catching hyenas on camera for conservation
June 27, 2014, by Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Full article: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-scientists-hyaenas-camera.html

Parrot who was among last of its kind, said to have inspired 'Rio,' dies
June 29, 2014, by Nadia Drake

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140629-spix-macaw-presley-rio-parrot-brazil-science/

Emperor penguin in peril: climate change threatens dramatic declines
June 29, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140629142047.htm

Citation: Stéphanie Jenouvrier S, Holland M, Stroeve J, Serreze M, Barbraud C, et al. 2014. Projected continent-wide declines of the emperor penguin under climate change. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2280

Fierce, furry fishers are expanding their range-and bulk
June 30, 2014, by Jason Bittel

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140630-fishers-weasel-family-urban-animals-science/

DNA analysis reveals that queen bumblebees disperse far from their birthplace before setting up home
June 30, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140630193310.htm

Citation: Dreier, S., Redhead, J.W., Warren, I., Bourke, A.F.G., Heard, et al. Fine-scale spatial genetic structure of common and declining bumble bees across an agricultural landscape. Molecular Ecology, 2014. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12823

First wild beavers spotted in England for 800 years could be trapped and put in zoo by Government
June 30, 2014, by Lizzie Dearden

Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/first-wild-beavers-spotted-in-england-for-800-years-could-be-trapped-and-put-in-zoo-by-government-9574751.html

On babies and motherhood: how giant armadillos are surprising scientists
July 01, 2014, by Jeremy Hance

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0701-hance-desbiez-interview.html

Five-legged kangaroo? Telling the tale of a kangaroo's tail
July 01, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701193308.htm

Citation: S. M. O'Connor, T. J. Dawson, R. Kram, J. M. Donelan. The kangaroo's tail propels and powers pentapedal locomotion. Biology Letters, 2014; 10 (7): 20140381. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0381

Bigfoot hair samples mostly from bears, wolves
July 02, 2014, by Richard Ingham

Full article: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-bigfoot-hair-samples-wolves.html

Citation: Bryan C. Sykes, Rhettman A. Mullis, Christophe Hagenmuller, Terry W. Melton, and Michel Sartori. 2014. Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates. Proc. R. Soc. B. 2014 281 20140161. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014

Lights out: light pollution alters reproduction cycle in lemurs
July 02, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140702203804.htm

Citation: Le Tallec, T., Perret, M., & Théry, M. (2013). Light pollution modifies the expression of daily rhythms and behavior patterns in a nocturnal primate. PloS one, 8(11), e79250. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079250


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Animals: Welfare, Health & Disease

Evolution of equine influenza led to canine offshoot which could mix with human influenza
June 19, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619125535.htm

Citation: G. Gonzalez, J. F. Marshall, J. Morrell, D. Robb, J. W. McCauley, D. R. Perez, C. R. Parrish, P. R. Murcia. Infection and pathogenesis of canine, equine and human influenza viruses in canine tracheas.. Journal of Virology, 2014 DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00887-14

Sleeping sickness: the tsetse fly genome decoded
June 24, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140624093238.htm

Citation: G. M. Attardo, P. P. Abila, J. E. Auma, A. A. Baumann, J. B. Benoit, et al. Genome sequence of the tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans): vector of African trypanosomiasis. Science, 2014; 344 (6182): 380 DOI: 10.1126/science.1249656

Chagas' disease: a return announced
June 24, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140624093234.htm

Citation: Simone Frédérique Brenière, Renata Salas, Rosio Buitrago, Philippe Brémond, Victor Sosa, Marie-France Bosseno, Etienne Waleckx, Stéphanie Depickère, Christian Barnabé. Wild populations of Triatoma infestans are highly connected to intra-peridomestic conspecific populations in the Bolivian Andes. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (11): e80786. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080786

Researchers find putting birds of different life-spans together can promote emergence of dangerous influenza strains
June 24, 2014, by Bob Yirka

Full article: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-birds-life-spans-emergence-dangerous-influenza.html

Citation: Wikramaratna, P. S., Pybus, O. G., & Gupta, S. (2014). Contact between bird species of different lifespans can promote the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza strains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201401849. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401849111

Baltimore's National Aquarium: the latest battleground in the dolphin debate
June 25, 2014, by Adam May

Full article: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/6/25/baltimorea-s-aquariumthelatestbattlegroundinthedolphindebate.html

Synchronized imaging techniques: one more chance for rhinoceroses' foot treatment
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626095713.htm

Citation: Gabriela Galateanu, Robert Hermes, Joseph Saragusty, Frank Göritz, Romain Potier, et al. Rhinoceros feet step out of a rule-of-thumb: a wildlife imaging pioneering approach of synchronized computed tomography-digital radiography. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (6): e100415. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100415

How deadly Lassa virus infects cells
June 27, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140627113100.htm

Citation: L. T. Jae, M. Raaben, A. S. Herbert, A. I. Kuehne, A. S. Wirchnianski, T. K. Soh, et al. Lassa virus entry requires a trigger-induced receptor switch. Science, 2014; 344 (6191): 1506. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252480

Injured sea turtles get healthy in rehab
July 01, 2014, by Jane J. Lee

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140701-sea-turtle-rescue-conservation-ocean-animals-science/

Reducing deer populations may reduce risk of Lyme disease
July 01, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701111549.htm

Citation: Kilpatrick, Howard J.; Labonte, Andrew M.; Stafford, Kirby C. The relationship between deer density, tick abundance, and human cases of lyme disease in a residential community. Journal of Medical Entomology, July 2014. DOI: 10.1603/ME13232

Zoo animals and their discontents
July 03, 2014, by Alex Halberstadt

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/magazine/zoo-animals-and-their-discontents.html


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Plants: Biology & Conservation

Botany: leafing out and climate change
June 20, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140620102316.htm

Citation: Constantin M. Zohner, Susanne S. Renner. Common garden comparison of the leaf-out phenology of woody species from different native climates, combined with herbarium records, forecasts long-term change. Ecology Letters, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/ele.12308

How repeatable is evolutionary history? 'Weakness' in clover genome biases species to evolve same trait
June 23, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623225009.htm

Citation: Kenneth M. Olsen, Nicholas J. Kooyers, and Linda L. Small. Adaptive gains through repeated gene loss: parallel evolution of cyanogenesis polymorphisms in the genus Trifolium (Fabaceae). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0347

Treading into gray area along spectrum of wood decay fungi
June 23, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623154755.htm

Citation: R. Riley, A. A. Salamov, D. W. Brown, L. G. Nagy, D. Floudas, et al. Extensive sampling of basidiomycete genomes demonstrates inadequacy of the white-rot/brown-rot paradigm for wood decay fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400592111

Africa's poison 'apple' provides common ground for saving elephants, raising livestock
June 23, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623131401.htm

Citation: R. M. Pringle, J. R. Goheen, T. M. Palmer, G. K. Charles, E. DeFranco, et al. Low functional redundancy among mammalian browsers in regulating an encroaching shrub (Solanum campylacanthum) in African savannah. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2014; 281 (1785): 20140390. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0390

Fungal infection control methods for lucky bamboo
June 23, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623131327.htm

Citation: Kalpana Sharma Joyce L. Merritt Aaron Palmateer Erica Goss, Matthew Smith, et al. Isolation, characterization, and management of colletotrichum spp. causing anthracnose on lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana). HortScience, 2014.

Study finds tiny cloud forests have big biodiversity
June 24, 2014, by Nicholas Barrett

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0624-barrett-cloudforests-tcs.html

Citation: Tarin Toledo-Aceves, José G. Garci´a-Franco, Guadalupe Williams-Linera, Keith MacMillan and Claudia Gallardo-Herna´ndez. 2014. Significance of remnant cloud forest fragments as reservoirs of tree and epiphytic bromeliad diversity. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.7 (2): 230-243. Available online: http://www.tropicalconservationscience.org/

LEGO bricks turned into scientific tool to study plant growth
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626121723.htm

Citation: Kara R. Lind, Tom Sizmur, Saida Benomar, Anthony Miller, Ludovico Cademartiri. LEGO® bricks as building blocks for centimeter-scale biological environments: the case of plants. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (6): e100867 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100867

Young plant rescuer on a mission in Western Australia
June 27, 2014, by David Stacey

Full article: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-young-rescuer-mission.html

More carbohydrates make trees more resistant to drought
June 30, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140630093637.htm

Citation: Michael J. O'Brien, Sebastian Leuzinger, Christopher D. Philipson, John Tay, Andy Hector. Drought survival of tropical tree seedlings enhanced by non-structural carbohydrate levels. Nature Climate Change, 2014. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2281

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing
July 01, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701183820.htm

Citation: H. M. Appel, R. B. Cocroft. Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insect herbivore chewing. Oecologia, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-2995-6


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Environment: Ecosystems, Conservation, Sustainability

Presidential candidates say Indonesians want large plantations, but do they really? [commentary]
June 22, 2014, by Erik Meijaard

Full article: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/presidential-candidates-say-indonesians-want-large-plantations-really/

UN rejects Australia's 'feeble' bid to strip Tasmanian forest's heritage status
June 23, 2014, by Karl Mathiesen

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/23/un-rejects-australia-tasmanian-forest-heritage

Protecting and connecting the Flathead National Forest in Montana
June 23, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623154424.htm

Restricting competitors could help threatened species cope with climate change
June 24, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140624110605.htm

Citation: Tom H.E. Mason, Philip A. Stephens, Marco Apollonio, Stephen G. Willis. Predicting potential responses to future climate in an alpine ungulate: interspecific interactions exceed climate effects. Global Change Biology, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12641

'Life on Earth' project gets under way
June 25, 2014, by Natasha Gilbert

Full article: http://www.nature.com/news/life-on-earth-project-gets-underway-1.15453?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140626

Carrots as effective as sticks for slowing Amazon deforestation
June 25, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140625101133.htm

Citation: D. Nepstad, D. McGrath, C. Stickler, A. Alencar, A. Azevedo, et al. Slowing Amazon deforestation through public policy and interventions in beef and soy supply chains. Science, 2014; 344 (6188): 1118. DOI: 10.1126/science.1248525

Next big idea in forest conservation? Playing games to understand what drives deforestation
June 26, 2014, by Liz Kimbrough

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0625-forestinnovation-kimbrough-garcia.html

Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands
June 26, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140626121858.htm

Citation: Manuel K. Schneider, Gisela Lüscher, Philippe Jeanneret, Michaela Arndorfer, Youssef Ammari, et al. Gains to species diversity in organically farmed fields are not propagated at the farm level. Nature Communications, 2014; 5. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5151

Oil palm plantations threaten water quality, scientists say
June 30, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140630164259.htm

Citation: Kimberly M. Carlson, Lisa M. Curran, Alexandra G. Ponette-González, Dessy Ratnasari, Ruspita, Neli Lisnawati, et al. Influence of watershed-climate interactions on stream temperature, sediment yield, and metabolism along a land use intensity gradient in Indonesian Borneo. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002516

Malaysian citizens want government to spend more to save native rainforests
June 30, 2014, by Loren Bell

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0629-lbell-citizens-willing-to-pay-more-for-forests.html

Citation: Vincent, Jeffrey R., et. al. Tropical countries may be willing to pay more to protect their forests. PNAS, June 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1312246111

Video games could provide venue for exploring sustainability concepts
July 01, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701142941.htm

Citation: Shawna Kelly, Bonnie Nardi. Playing with sustainability: Using video games to simulate futures of scarcity. First Monday, 2014; 19 (5). DOI: 10.5210/fm.v19i5.5259x

Illegal mining severely impacting Peruvian environment
July 04, 2014

Full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kitconews/2014/07/04/illegal-mining-severely-impacting-peruvian-environment/


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Bioinspiration, Citizen Science, Technology, Other

Is San Diego ready for sky tram linking downtown to Balboa Park?
June 23, 2014, by Susan Murphy

Full article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jun/23/supervisor-roberts-envisions-sky-tram-linking-down/

UAVs can recharge their batteries by perching on power lines like birds
June 24, 2014

Full article: http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/uavs-can-recharge-their-batteries-by-perching-on-power-lines-00006651.asp

Earthworm invasion: calling all citizen scientists
June 24, 2014, by Bryan Alary

Full article: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-earthworm-invasion-citizen-scientists.html

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products
June 30, 2014

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140630164014.htm

Citation: P. J. Yang, J. Pham, J. Choo, D. L. Hu. Duration of urination does not change with body size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402289111

Supercomputers map out super endangered species -- in 3-D
July 02, 2014

Full article: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/supercomputers-map-out-super-endangered-species-in-3-d/

Citation: Tracey, J. A., Sheppard, J., J. Zhu, F. Wei, R.R. Swaisgood, and R.N.Fisher. 2014. Movement-based estimation and visualization of space use in 3D for wildlife ecology and conservation. PLOS ONE, 9(7), e101205. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101205.t002

Google Glass and drones to assist Nepal in fighting poachers in protected areas
July 03, 2014, by Avaneesh Pandey

Full article: http://www.ibtimes.com/google-glass-drones-assist-nepal-fighting-poachers-protected-areas-1618460


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US Fish & Wildlife Service: Federal Register Announcements

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Final Rules

Reclassification of the U.S. Breeding Population of the Wood Stork From Endangered to Threatened
79 FR 37077 37077-37103   06/30/2014   1018-AX60 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2012-0020
Action: Final rule.
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Three Foreign Parrot Species: Philippine, yellow-crested, and white cockatoos
79 FR 35869 35869-35900   06/24/2014   1018-AX50 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0099
Action: Final rule.
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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Proposed Rules

90-Day Finding on a Petition To Reclassify the West Indian Manatee From Endangered to Threatened
79 FR 37706 37706-37710   07/02/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2014-0024
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.
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6-Month Extension of Final Determination on the Proposed Endangered Status for the Northern Long-Eared Bat
79 FR 36698 36698-36699   06/30/2014   1018-AY98 Docket ID:
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of the comment period.
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Changes to the Definitions and Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat
79 FR 36284 36284-36285   06/26/2014   1018-AX86 1018-AX88 Docket ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096 FWS-R9-ES-2011-0072
Action: Proposed rules; extension of comment periods.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Humboldt Marten as Endangered or Threatened
79 FR 35509 35509-35511   06/23/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2014-0023
Action: Notice of initiation of scoping and request for information.
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Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Contiguous U.S. Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx and Revised Distinct Population Segment Boundary
79 FR 35303 35303-35309   06/20/2014   1018-AZ77 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2013-0101
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

1018-0115 Application for Training, National Conservation Training Center
79 FR 38055 38055   07/03/2014   Docket ID: FW-HQ-NCTC-2014-N137
Action: Notice; request for comments.
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1018-0148 Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
79 FR 38055 38055-38057   07/03/2014   Docket ID: FW-HQ-ES-2014-N138
Action: Notice; request for comments.
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1018-XXXX Survey of Rancher Opinions About Wildlife and Jaguar Habitat Management
79 FR 37767 37767-37768   07/02/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2014-N136
Action: Notice; request for comments.
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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants

Permits; Safe Harbor Agreement and Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for the Colorado Pikeminnow, Razorback Sucker, Roundtail Chub, Flannelmouth Sucker, and Bluehead Sucker in the Middle Duchesne River Watershed, Utah
79 FR 37340 37340-37342   07/01/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2013-N157
Action: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.
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Texas Ayenia Draft Recovery Plan; Correction
79 FR 37340 37340   07/01/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2014-N130
Action: ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment; correction.
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Texas Ayenia Draft Recovery Plan
79 FR 36087 36087-36089   06/25/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2013-N278
Action: Notice of availability; request for comment.
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Endangered Species Permits Applications

Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, Rebecca Slepkov Nockerts, Southwick's Zoo, Mike Talka, Renegade Pictures,Yukon Route Productions, Poles D'Images
79 FR 36090 36090-36091   06/25/2014   Docket ID: FWS-HQ-IA-2014-NXXX
Action: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, Baton
Rouge, LA; PRT-34712B
The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from
the Kaempfer's tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi) for the purpose of
scientific research.

Applicant: Rebecca Slepkov Nockerts, University of Minnesota; PRT-
35365B
The applicant requests a permit to import bones from deceased wild
chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as well as hairs of wild chimpanzees of
Gombe National Park in Tanzania for the purpose of scientific research.

Applicant: Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA; PRT-32491B
The applicant requests a permit to import two male and five female
captive-bred vicuna (Vicuna vicuna) for the purpose of enhancement of
the survival of the species through captive propagation and zoological
display.

Applicant: Mike Talka, Spring Branch, TX; PRT-088507
The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under
50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, to enhance the species'
propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be
conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Species
Dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis)
Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer)

Applicant: Sylvan Heights Waterfowl, Scotland Neck, NC; PRT-166119
The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under
50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, to enhance the species'
propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be
conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Species
White-naped crane (Grus vipio)
Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis)
Hooded crane (Grus monacha)

Applicant: Louis Degregorio, Las Vegas, NV; PRT-37734B
The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of
one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive
herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South
Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: Renegade Pictures, London, England; PRT-38035B
The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus
maritimus) in the vicinity of Kaktovik, Alaska, from land-based
vehicles and boats for commercial and educational purposes. This
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant for
less than a 1-year period.

Applicant: Yukon Route Productions, Pearl River, NY; PRT-35442B
The applicant requests a permit to photograph walrus (Odobenus
rosmarus) in the vicinity of Barrow and Unalakleet, Alaska, from land-
based vehicles and boats for commercial and educational purposes. This
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant for
less than a 1-year period.

Applicant: Poles D'Images, Abonne la Forte, France; PRT-38124B
The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus
maritimus) in the vicinity of Kaktovik and Barter Island, Alaska, from
land-based vehicles and boats for commercial and educational purposes.
This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant
for less than a 1-year period.

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Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc., Henry Vilas Zoo, Park Management Corp.,John House, Matson's Laboratory
79 FR 35375 35375-35376   06/20/2014   Docket ID: FWS-HQ-IA-2014-N124
Action: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc., Wichita, KS; PRT-
28663B
The applicant requests a permit to import one female captive born
gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) for the purpose of enhancement of the
survival of the species from Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and
Prehistoric Park, Alberta, Canada.

Applicant: Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI; PRT-672361
The applicant requests renewal of their captive-bred wildlife
registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, to
enhance the species' propagation or survival. This notification covers
activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Species:
Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus)
Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)
Lar gibbon (Hylobates lar)
Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
Jackass penguin (Spheniscus demersus)
Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus)

Applicant: Park Management Corp., Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo,
CA; PRT-35108B
The applicant requests a permit to export 5 male and 5 female
captive-bred jackass penguins (Spheniscus demersus) to Dolphinaris,
Cancun, Mexico, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the
species through captive breeding and scientific research.

Applicant: John House, Blountstown, FL; PRT-36200B
The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of
one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive
herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South
Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: Matson's Laboratory, Milltown, MT; PRT-166346.
The applicant requests renewal of the permit to import teeth from
polar bears (Ursus maritimus) which were taken during subsistence
harvests in Nunavut, Canada, for age analysis for the purpose of
scientific research and enhancement of survival of the species. This
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a
5-year period.

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Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications

USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
79 FR 35768 35768-35769   06/24/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2014-N105
Action: Notice of availability; request for comments.

Permit Application Number TE121914
Applicant: USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711
37th Street SE., Jamestown, ND.
The applicant requests an amendment to their existing permit to
take (capture, handle, and release), band, and conduct presence/absence
surveys of interior least tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos) in
North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana for the purpose of
enhancing the species' survival.

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National Wildlife Refuge System

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, MA; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
79 FR 36553 36553-36554   06/27/2014   Docket ID: FWS-R5-R-2014-N078
Action: Notice of availability; extension of public comment period.
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