• 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.

  • Endangered Mexican wolf killed following livestock attacks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been killed by federal employees after a Native American tribe requested the animal be removed from the wild in the wake of a string of cattle deaths near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

  • Stargazers eye the nation’s first dark sky reserve in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.

  • Correction: Galapagos-Extinct Turtle story

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — In a story Sept. 13 about efforts to restore an extinct tortoise species in the Galapagos Islands, The Associated Press misidentified the name of the island where some tortoises still have genetic traces of the Chelonoidis elephantopus. It is Isabela Island, not Isabel Island.