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Mountain lion P-55 crosses 101, 118 freeways with all nine lives intact

That old adage about curiosity and the fate of felines didn’t hold true for one Southern California mountain lion recently.<p>National Park Service …

Wildlife

21 Stunning Hummingbird Photos You Need to See

Sally Rae Kimmel (B&B reader)<p>Leucistic Anna's Hummingbird<p>A leucistic Anna’s hummingbird visited the Australian Garden at the UCSC Arboretum, a public …

Birds

New Jersey-Size 'Dead Zone' Is Largest Ever in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists report the latest data from the Upper Gulf of Mexico, and the results aren’t good.<p>A record-breaking, New Jersey-sized dead zone was measured by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico this week—a sign that water quality in U.S. waterways is worse than expected.<p>The National Oceanic and …

The Energy 202: Trump to waive environmental rules to construct border wall

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

Immigration

Meet the hoodwinker, a massive sunfish that's been hiding for centuries

Despite being incredibly massive, sunfish are elusive.<p>That's why an international team of researchers was so thrilled when they uncovered a new …

Australian Universities

9 extraordinary facts about North America's native bees

From invisibility cloaks to incubating eggs like a hen, bees are a lot more diverse and a lot more incredible than most of us ever realized.<p>We all …

Bees

A rescued sea otter pup is swimming in cute at the Vancouver Aquarium

There's cute. And then there's itty-bitty baby sea otter cute.<p>A newborn baby sea otter became a resident of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal …

Aquariums

Capturing Florida's chameleons, one small invasive reptile at a time

Herpers are people who search for invasive chameleons and remove them from the wild. What happens next, though, is controversial.<p>You may have heard …

Biological Species

Giant mega-swan discovered in New Zealand, confirming Māori legend

The now-extinct swan was semi-flightless and is closely related to the Australian black swan.<p>New Zealand was once home to some humongous birds, from …

New Zealand

Attracting Skimmers: Good Garden Bugs

By Kris Wetherbee<p>My fascination with skimmers (a flashy family of dragonflies) began many years ago. I was picking a few sprigs of fresh rosemary …

Flowers

This bobcat brings in $308,000 a year

Somewhere in Yellowstone National Park, a wildcat is walking around with a little extra swagger in its step today. That’s because a new study estimates the value of one specific bobcat there at a whopping $308,105 a year.<p>How does just one aloof floof generate more cash than the median American home …

Wildlife

Fiona the baby hippo photobombs her family reunion

Just when you thought Fiona the baby hippo couldn't get any cuter, you catch her hanging out with both her parents for the first time in their pool …

Animals

Lawsuit over monkey's selfie returns to court

The 'monkey selfie' lawsuit — filed on behalf of a wild macaque who took a selfie in 2011 — is now in the hands of a U.S. appeals court.<p>In 2011, …

United States

11 amazing antics of ants

Picnic plunder is just one of their many talents.<p>Ants have been around since the Cretaceous Period, thriving for 100 million years before ruining a …

Insects

These 3 gray wolf pups are cause for celebration (and not just because they're cute)

Trail cam footage is proof a new pack has been established.<p>A trail camera in Lassen County, California, recently caught some furry shenanigans. Three …

Wildlife

Why can’t monkeys talk? Scientists rumble over a curious question.

Decades ago, while Philip H. Lieberman was soaking in a bathtub and listening to the radio, he heard anthropologist Loren Eiseley ponder an evolutionary puzzle: Why couldn't monkeys talk? Like us, they're social primates, intelligent and certainly not quiet. Rhesus macaques grunt, coo, screech and …

Evolution

Strange ‘sea pickles’ keep washing ashore in the Pacific Northwest — and scientists are baffled

There are strange sea creatures known as “sea pickles” invading the Pacific Northwest.<p>These gelatinous and somewhat translucent organisms, called pyrosomes, have been seen congregating, sometimes by the thousands, close to shore from Northern California up to southeast Alaska — clogging fishing …

Oceans

Earth is on its way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs, scientists warn

Have humans damaged the Earth's ecosystems so severely that we're well on our way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs vanished 66 million years ago? And are we running out of time to reverse the negative impacts of our actions?<p>Three scientists who have studied extinctions of …

Extinction

Plants Can Turn Caterpillars Into Cannibals to Avoid Getting Eaten

In order to protect themselves from hungry herbivores, plants release a defense mechanism that makes them taste foul.<p>Some plants have been found to use nature’s dog-eat-dog world to their advantage, forcing herbivores to become cannibals when the plants feel threatened by a caterpillar’s endless …

Fossil From 100 Million Years Ago Tells Us Extinct Baby Bird Could Hunt When It Hatched | @GrrlScientist

<i>Jurassic Park, here we come! A fossil of a baby bird that lived alongside the dinosaurs was recently discovered embedded inside a three-inch-long</i> …

Dinosaurs

School-age boy saves a species after quest to find an 'extinct' frog

The frog had been feared extinct for at least the last 30 years.<p>The Jambato harlequin frog (<i>Atelopus ignescens</i>) was once so common in Ecuador that …

Nature

Comedy wildlife photography competition shows animals getting up to mischief

<b>Animals do the funniest things and these pictures from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards prove it.</b><p>This year we have an array of creatures …

Photography

Sea Lion Pups Roll in the Sand, Inspire SPF Meme

It’s not what you’d expect.<p>Few things delight us like baby sea lions, so when we came across a meme of an adorable duo frolicking in the sand, we stopped our scrolling instantly. Things got even better when we realized that the image had an unexpected deeper meaning that had to do with skin care — …

Skin Care

Your Next Vacation: Hand-Rearing Baby Penguins

“A few weeks ago, I’d never even seen a real penguin,” gasps Nils Greskewitz as he chases after a waddling escapee. Now he’s spending his days …

Birds

2nd pack of gray wolves spotted in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A female gray wolf, her mate and at least three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in Northern California since the species went extinct there in 1924, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.<p>The gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to a female wolf …

Wildlife

Exceptionally rare 'pale tiger' photographed in the wild

Animal spotted by photographer in jungles of southern India may be the fairest known tiger living outside captivity<p>A rare “pale tiger”, whose fur conservationists say could be the fairest of any in the wild, has been photographed in southern India.<p>“It is the palest tiger I have ever seen on the …

Wildlife

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #95

The Wildbird Trust is proud to present the 95th edition of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos of the Week! Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs and congratulations on being selected! Please keep submitting photographs by posting them directly to the Facebook page with species, location and …

Plea to leave 'abandoned' seal pups alone

<b>Well-meaning members of the public have been urged not to attempt to rescue what they wrongly believe to be abandoned seal pups.</b><p>The Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban said seal pups were being brought to them for care when they probably did not need rescued.<p>And it has been told of people trying to put the …

Into the Water