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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Brain Food: The Emotional Impact of Climate Change

Credit thenorthsratnews.com

Thousands of scientists worldwide are studying the environmental impact of climate change. But now, two professors of English are studying its emotional impact. SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo are co-directors of a climate change outreach and discussion group at Colorado State University. And, they recently visited Northern Arizona University to share this message about the Earth’s changing climate:

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Wolf-Like Animal Seen Near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

This is purported to be the wolf-like animal roaming forest land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Officials will attempt to test its DNA through scat in order to determine its exact species.
Credit nationalparkstraveler.com

Federal wildlife officials are monitoring a wolf-like animal roaming forest land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if confirmed to be a gray wolf, it would be the first such animal seen in the area in 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:13 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

ADEQ Grant to Fund Pollution Cleanup on Oak Creek

Red Rock Crossing, a popular swimming area on Oak Creek in west Sedona, last summer during monsoon season. Seasonal rains flush animal waste down Carrol Canyon Wash into Oak Creek frequently causing higher than acceptable levels of E. coli.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a grant to clean up a polluted section of Oak Creek in Sedona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, storm runoff from private property and recreation areas triggered high levels of E. coli in the area.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Lead Poisoning in California Condors at a 10-Year Low

Seventy five California condors now inhabit northern Arizona and southern Utah. The endangered scavenger is the largest North American land bird and can have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet.
Credit theraptorcenternews.blogspot.com

Deadly levels of lead in endangered California condors are at a 10-year low. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a collaboration between conservationists and hunters to reduce the use of lead ammunition is responsible for the drop.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:55 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolf Death in Eastern Arizona Under Investigation

A Mexican gray wolf — 83 of the endangered animals occupy the 4.4 million-acre Blue Range Recovery Area in Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit wolfhaven.org/Julie Lawrence

Last month, an endangered Mexican gray wolf was found dead in eastern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the animal was part of the Blue Range Recovery Area that spans more than 4 million acres in the Southwest.

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Earth Notes
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Earth Notes: Wetlands Architect

The American beaver is an appealing animal, with dexterous paws, curious eyes and paddle-shaped tail. But, these rodents, the largest in North America, were nearly wiped out by the early 1900s as trappers sent mass quantities of the thick brown pelts back East for stylish top hats.

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Earth Notes
9:02 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Earth Notes: Monitoring One of North America’s Rarest Mammals

Every fall Arizona Game and Fish conducts a spotlighting event where rare black-footed ferrets are located counted, measured, tagged and vaccinated against bubonic plague near Seligman.

Arizona’s Aubrey Valley just west of Seligman is home to an animal until recently considered one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Earth Notes: Restoring Arizona’s Grasslands

Arid grasslands once covered significant parts of the Southwestern states — as much as 24 million acres in Arizona, for example. American pronghorn were widespread in these open spaces, along with many other grassland-dependent wildlife species. 

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Earth Notes
5:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Earth Notes: When Does Wildlife Need Rescuing?

A Mexican spotted owl

When Bea Cooley and Brooks Hart headed down Oak Creek Canyon to do some birding last winter, they had no idea just how close their bird encounters would be.

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