Endangered Species http://wunc.org en Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them http://wunc.org/post/scientists-rush-find-and-name-species-save-them <p></p><p>Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6187/1246752.abstract">research led by Duke University</a>.</p><p></p><p>Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:52:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36923 at http://wunc.org Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them US Fish & Wildlife Service Urges Protection For Rare NC Moth And Fish http://wunc.org/post/us-fish-wildlife-service-urges-protection-rare-nc-moth-and-fish <p>Officials with the US Fish &amp; Wildlife Service made two big announcements concerning North Carolina this month: they determined that a very rare moth found in one county near the coast warrants placement on the Endangered Species List, and they are awarding the state two grants to help with wildlife conservation.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 21281 at http://wunc.org US Fish & Wildlife Service Urges Protection For Rare NC Moth And Fish Flight Of The Oystercatcher http://wunc.org/post/flight-oystercatcher <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:00:44 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 19945 at http://wunc.org Flight Of The Oystercatcher The Apocalypse Of The Cricket Frogs http://wunc.org/post/apocalypse-cricket-frogs <p><font style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">You might be forgiven for thinking the apocalypse is underway. Recently on the State of Things we’ve talked about the mass deaths of both bees and bats and the scary implications for the rest of us. Today, we’re going to talk about the death of frogs. Jonathan Micancin</font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">says that this problem has been with us a long time. In fact, it could have been the first sign that something may be going horribly wrong in the environment.</font></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:41:42 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 19934 at http://wunc.org The Apocalypse Of The Cricket Frogs Numbers Of Red Wolf Pups Dwindling In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/numbers-red-wolf-pups-dwindling-north-carolina <p>Wildlife researchers have noticed a slight drop in the number of pups being born to the state's native red wolf population.&nbsp; According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, 34 wolf pups in seven litters were found in eastern North Carolina habitats.&nbsp; That's down by an average of seven pups over the last three years.&nbsp;<br> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:03:22 +0000 Gurnal Scott 17028 at http://wunc.org Numbers Of Red Wolf Pups Dwindling In North Carolina Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors http://wunc.org/post/want-hang-out-lemurs-duke-lemur-center-invites-visitors <p>A Walking with Lemurs tour at the <a href="http://lemur.duke.edu/tours/tour-information/">Duke Lemur Center</a> might just seem like an ordinary walk through the woods at first. But at the rustle of a food bucket, tiny, energetic animals begin to descend from the treetops, and you know you’re not walking in any normal forest. Lemurs zip past you at will, some of them with tiny infants clinging to their backs, and there are no barriers between you and the furry primates. Wed, 08 May 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 14992 at http://wunc.org Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort http://wunc.org/post/nc-zoo-helps-launch-anti-poaching-effort <p>The <a href="http://www.nczoo.org/">North Carolina Zoo</a> has partnered with five other leading conservation organizations from around the world to launch a new software tool aimed at curbing poaching in nature preserves.</p><p>The software is called <a href="http://www.smartconservationsoftware.org/">Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool</a> (SMART 1.0), and it is intended to assist park rangers and wildlife managers by helping them measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their anti-poaching efforts. Poaching is a major threat to several endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles.&nbsp; Traditional methods of combating poaching are not making a dent in the illegal practice, and there is a growing gap between the sophistication of poachers and the skill level of the law enforcement patrols trying to stop them.&nbsp; SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:13:25 +0000 Laura Candler 12595 at http://wunc.org NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort Undiscovered Species Disappearing http://wunc.org/post/undiscovered-species-disappearing <p>A new study from Duke University reveals that many of the world's undiscovered plant and animal species are in danger. Researchers say many of the missing species live in areas being developed or deforested. Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Ecology at Duke. He says a new mathematical model doubles the number of plant species believed to be under threat.<br> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:39:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8497 at http://wunc.org