Endangered Species

Environment
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

US Fish & Wildlife Service Urges Protection For Rare NC Moth And Fish

The rattlesnake-master borer moth has been listed as a candidate for the Endangered Species List. It's found in Pender County, NC.
Credit William Glass

Officials with the US Fish & 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.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Flight Of The Oystercatcher

Two Oystercatchers on Oregon Inlet, NC
Credit Jeff Lewis / http://www.flickr.com/photos/natureimages/

  

The oystercatcher is the clown of the bird world. It has pink legs, a long orange bill and bright yellow eyes. And the eastern population of the oystercatcher is in danger. There are only about 11,000 in existence, and scientists are doing everything they can to make sure they stick around. Lindsay Addison is a coastal biologist for Audobon, North Carolina. She’s involved in a project to track the migratory patterns of these beach birds. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about the project.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Apocalypse Of The Cricket Frogs

Southern Cricket Frog in Person County, NC.
Credit Catherine Stevens / http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiral_c/

Jonathan Micancin, a visiting lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gives insight into the mass disappearance of the Cricket Frog

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 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.

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Environment
9:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Numbers Of Red Wolf Pups Dwindling In North Carolina

A litter of red wolf pups
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildlife researchers have noticed a slight drop in the number of pups being born to the state's native red wolf population.  According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, 34 wolf pups in seven litters were found in eastern North Carolina habitats.  That's down by an average of seven pups over the last three years. 

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Education
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors

The Coquerel's Sifaka lemur is the flagship species of the Duke Lemur Center. The center owns all captive animals of this species.
Laura Candler

A Walking with Lemurs tour at the Duke Lemur Center 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.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort

Rangers display seized ivory tusks in the Nouaba`le – Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.
Credit Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society

The North Carolina Zoo 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.

The software is called Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (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.  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.  SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.

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Environment
9:39 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Undiscovered Species Disappearing

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.

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