Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Foreign Species Invade San Francisco Bay"

"California is cracking down on invasive species, and that could have a big impact on national regulations due out later this year. The state has passed the strictest rules in the country to prevent cargo ships from bringing foreign plants and animals to San Francisco Bay. But the standards are so high, California may not be able to enforce them."

Source: NPR, 05/12/2011

"Can Wasps Squash The Stink Bug Plague?"

"Home is where the heart is. It's also probably where a lot of stink bugs are right now, crawling out from cracks and crevices. They were introduced into Allentown, Pa., from Asia in the 1990s and have been spreading ever since, reaching seemingly plaguelike proportions in the mid-Atlantic states. But an experiment is under way to reintroduce the stink bug to its mortal enemy: a parasitic Asian wasp."

Source: NPR, 04/27/2011

UK: "Spring May Lose Song of Cuckoos, Nightingales And Turtle Doves"

"Some of Britain's most cherished spring visitors are disappearing in their thousands. Ornithologists say species such as the cuckoo, nightingale and turtle dove are undergoing catastrophic drops in numbers, although experts are puzzled about the exact reasons for these declines."

Source: Observer, 04/25/2011


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