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Bees Gain Advantages from Predecessors

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By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer
25 February 2008

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer 33 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - When marauding Vikings decided to settle down they usually "went native," marrying local girls and blending in. Invading honey bees may be doing the same. The invasion of new bee populations has attracted attention in recent years with the spread of so-called Africanized, or "killer bees" moving north from South America.

When a new strain of bees invades a region already populated by honey bees, they interbreed and gain benefits from the genes of their predecessors, researchers report in this week's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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First the Bengals, Now the Sumatrans

Wildlife NewsTiger Parts Openly Sold in Indonesia

By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Tue Feb 12, 10:50 PM ET

BANGKOK, Thailand - The critically endangered Sumatran tiger will become extinct unless Indonesia takes swift action to clamp down on the illegal sale of the big cats' body parts across the Southeast Asian country, conservationists say.;_ylt=ApVBgzHqg7tWAR67_TenuVaQMHsB
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"Doomsday Vault"

Conservation & Preservation `Doomsday' vault opens to protect seeds
By DOUG MELLGREN, Associated Press Writer
25 February 2008

Without plants many of the denizens of the Earth could not survive. Scientists have been working with seed banks for many years to preserve plant life in case of a disaster. With over 1600 seed banks worldwide, one would think there would not need to be another, however, a new earthquake and nuclear bomb proof seed bank has just opened in Norway. It is the ultimate back up for all of the other seed banks. To learn more about this frozen vault, click here:

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Big Brother bird watching boosts ecology

Wildlife news service
Tom Simonite  
21 February 2008

A wireless surveillance network will be used to monitor the nesting and mating rituals of a remote North Atlantic seabird colony, providing scientists with unprecedented access to their behaviour and ecology.

Researchers from Oxford University and Microsoft Research in the UK, and from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, developed the network to monitor more than 100,000 Manx shearwater birds that breed during the summer on Skomer Island, off the west coast of Wales in the North Atlantic.

Pairs of shearwaters raise their chicks inside metre-long burrows, visiting them during the night, sometimes after fishing trips that can last several days.

Wireless tags will be attached to many of the bird's legs, and sensors embedded in their burrows will detect when the adults enter or leave their nest, measure temperature and humidity within the burrow and, eventually, even weigh the birds as they pass by. The data will then be fed live to researchers via a satellite link.

The researchers say the network will provide unparalleled access to details of the birds' lives, from the comfort of a remote desk. Similar wireless networks could improve ecological monitoring or help protect vulnerable environments, they add.

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Wolves Delisted in US


By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 21, 9:02 PM ET

BILLINGS, Mont. - Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies will be removed from the endangered species list, following a 13-year restoration effort that helped the animal's population soar, federal officials said Thursday.

An estimated 1,500 wolves now roam Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. That represents a dramatic turnaround for a predator that was largely exterminated in the U.S. outside of Alaska in the early 20th century.

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