• Shark fin bans might not help sharks, scientists say

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As lawmakers propose banning the sale of shark fins in the U.S., a pair of scientists is pushing back, saying the effort might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators.

  • Nighttime football games return to Kauai after 7 years

    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An agreement has paved the way for the first nighttime football games during fledgling seabirds season on Kauai in seven years.

  • Drought affects duck hunting wetlands in the Northern Plains

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When duck hunters in the Northern Plains take to the field this fall, they will find fewer wetlands where they can set up their blinds and float their decoys following a summer of devastating drought.

  • Officials optimistic ahead of Minnesota duck opener Saturday

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited are optimistic about the waterfowl season in Minnesota, which starts a half-hour before sunrise Saturday.

  • California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

  • Eddy County leaders get aerial view of nature and extraction

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — With the resurgence of the oil and gas in Eddy County, local officials worry that extraction activities could compromise the mountain ranges, caves and karst lands that make the region unique.

  • College students to work on trails at Carlsbad Caverns park

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A group of college students will be working over the next three months to improve trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

  • No boundary changes for New Mexico’s 2 national monuments

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The boundaries of two national monuments in New Mexico that were part of an expansive federal review would remain unchanged under recommendations made by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, providing some relief to the groups that had come out in support of the designations.

  • Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With its snow-white plumage and elegant posture, mute swans are exalted in European ballets and fairy tales as symbols of love and beauty. But to many wildlife biologists, they are aggressive and destructive invaders in U.S. habitats and must be wiped out.