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'Bizarre' new mammal discovered.

'Bizarre' new mammal discovered.

By Rebecca Morelle

Science reporter, BBC News

A new species of mammal has been discovered in the mountains of Tanzania, scientists report.

The bizarre-looking creature, dubbed Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi.

The cat-sized animal, which is reported in the Journal of Zoology, looks like a cross between a miniature antelope and a small anteater.

It has a grey face, a long, flexible snout, a bulky, amber body, a jet-black rump and it stands on spindly legs.

"This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career," said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of Sciences, who helped to confirm the animal was new to science along with an international team of colleagues.

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US judge reinstates sonar curbs

Planet EarthA judge has ruled that the US Navy must adhere to a curb on the use of strong sonar in waters off California, amid concerns about its effect on whales.

Judge Florence-Marie Cooper overturned an exemption granted last month by President George W Bush.

He had cited national security when he ordered the Navy's submarine detection exercises should go on.

Conservationists hailed the judge's ruling. It is the latest in a series of disputes over the Navy's use of sonar.

Environmental campaign groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRCD) say whale strandings and deaths are associated with sonar blasts, which are also thought to damage the brains and ears of marine mammals.

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Slimed Eagles, Save One, Soon to Return to Kodiak

Conservation & Preservation

ESCAPEE: The other bird gave Anchorage Cleaners the Slip

Kodiak Daily Mirror

Published: February 4th, 2008 12:15 AM
Last Modified: February 4th, 2008 01:02 PM

KODIAK -- After a brief vacation to the mainland where they have been fed, bathed, blow-dried and generally pampered, many of the eagles that made pigs of themselves in the back of an Ocean Beauty Seafoods truck filled with two feet of fish guts will spend Valentine's Day back in Kodiak with their mates.

Gary Wheeler, manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, said he expects some of the eagles to return within the next couple of weeks to join the other estimated 500 eagles that reside in the city of Kodiak.

In anticipation of their return and release in Kodiak, volunteers at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage are taking the birds outside and getting them acclimated to the cold.

But one of those is unlikely to return to Kodiak.

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Caretakers Search for Missing Bald Eagle in Vero Beach

Wildlife News

From: TCPalm - West Palm Beach,FL,USA

By Elliott Jones
Friday, February 1, 2008

VERO BEACH (Florida)  An injured bald eagle disappeared into the night west of here and wildlife officials are asking for public help in finding it.

The mature eagle, with a drooping wing, was in a front yard late Wednesday afternoon about two miles southwest of the intersection of Oslo Road and Interstate 95. Then it leaped and fluttered over a large clump of vegetation and vanished in an area of cattle pastures.

Vero Beach wildlife officer Bruce Dangerfield unsuccessfully searched for almost two hours Wednesday night, covering an area about 100 yards in either direction from where it was last seen.

Now Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jupiter, is asking anyone who sees the bird to call the wildlife rescue agency that currently is caring for six other injured bald eagles from throughout Florida.

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Wildlife | sciencetech | Bird counts puzzle experts BIRD COUNT PUZZLES EXPERTS

January 30, 2008 Ontario's eagles are soaring while sparrows fall.
Ontario survey shows steep decline for some songbirds, but trend improving for raptors.

The picture across the province is that eagles and most other big birds of prey are doing well but many smaller species, including swallows and other familiar songbirds, are in steep decline, according to a new edition of The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario.

Those in trouble are being hurt by urban sprawl, the intensification of agriculture and a mysterious drop in insect populations that might be related to climate change.

"Population trends are generally positive for birds of prey, but biologists are expressing concern about the fate of grassland birds and those that feed on flying insects," says a statement from the organizers of a massive survey that led to the first update of the atlas in 20 years.


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