Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters struggled for a third day Thursday to tackle a wildfire burning through a pine forest on the Greek...
Firefighters battle blaze in Greek island nature reserve
MAKRYMALLI, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire on the island of Evia for a second day Wednesday, with flare-ups in hard-to-reach...
Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) on Monday, with just 30% under control.
MOSCOW (AP) — An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree — before trying to eat a surveillance camera.
BEIJING (AP) — A rare all-white giant panda has been photographed for the first time, according to a nature reserve in southwestern China.
Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The first breeding attempt by a pair of Hawaiian crows in the wild in nearly 20 years appears to have failed, officials said.
Serbia griffon vulture flown back home from Turkey
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Months after it flew as far away as Turkey's border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has come home.
The one-year-old female bird named Dobrila from the...
Bennington accepts 96-acre nature reserve donation
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town has received a donated 96-acre nature reserve.
The Bennington Select Board unanimously accepted a donation of conserved land from the One World...
Dutch court clears the way for deer cull in nature reserve
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has given the go-ahead for a cull of hundreds of red deer in a nature reserve north of Amsterdam, in a wildlife management case that has sparked fierce opposition from animal rights activists.
Thursday's ruling clears the way for marksmen to begin shooting hundreds of deer in the Oostvaardersplassen, a wetland reserve created for wild birds but which also is home to hundreds of deer, horses and cattle.
St. Louis restored prairie in bloom but faces threats
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature reserve's conservation is threatened by inaction and invasive plants.
Biologists discovered the 25-acre (10-hectare) hidden prairie in the 1990s at Calvary Cemetery, where it was protected from agricultural development, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Colombia park fights animal trafficking with education
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On the outskirts of Colombia's capital red macaws share a nature reserve with ocelots and black-headed parrots. A white-crested harpy eagle whistles at schoolchildren who walk on a well-preserved trail.
The animals come from different regions of this ecologically diverse South American country. But most of them share one thing in common: They were rescued from animal traffickers.
Wired Icelanders seek to keep remote peninsula digital-free
HORNSTRANDIR, Iceland (AP) — The passenger boat arrives at the bottom of Veidileysufjordur, a short inlet with a long name, to drop off backpackers for a multi-day trek. A weather-beaten group that's completed the trip waits to board, eager to get back to a part of Iceland where they can reconnect with the world via Wi-Fi.
New nature reserve opens to public in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A public park has opened in Omaha that will create a sanctuary for pollinators such as bees and birds.
The Pacific Preserve was dedicated and opened for public use Wednesday, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota officials hope a herd of bison will help restore a threatened ecosystem in a nature reserve.
More than 30 bulls immediately began to graze on grass when they were released into the 200-acre (80-hectare) Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on June 13, Minnesota Daily reported .
KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves.
The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the blockaded territory have not been lethal. But they have sparked fires that have damaged agriculture, killed wildlife and whipped up considerable indignation.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A forest fire that raged out of control for nine days in southern Nicaragua has been put out after scorching about 13,500 acres (5,500 hectares) of land in a tropical nature reserve, authorities said Friday.
Nicaragua forest fire burns almost 9,000 acres
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A forest fire in Nicaragua that has been burning out of control for a week has blackened almost 9,000 acres (3,585 hectares) in a southern nature reserve.
The Indio Maiz reserve is on Nicaragua's border with Costa Rica, but the Nicaraguan government has refused Costa Rican offers of aid. The two countries have had long-running disputes over other areas of their border.
Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday they found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.
It's apparently the first time that a wave of avocado planting has had a significant, direct effect on the heart of the Monarch area, a protected nature reserve.
Lions kill suspected poacher in South African wildlife area
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Managers of a wildlife area in South Africa say a pride of lions killed a suspected poacher.
The Umbabat Private Nature Reserve says the man was killed last week and that two sets of human tracks were found nearby, suggesting the alleged poacher had companions who escaped.
It says the tracks indicated that the companions were "fleeing the scene at a very rapid pace."
Puerto Rico reopens 12 nature reserves, refuges after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have reopened 12 nature reserves and protected areas nearly four months after Hurricane Maria.
The island's Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that sites now open to the public include Caja de Muertos island off Puerto Rico's south coast and the dry forest of Guanica in the southwest region.
All 1,694 residents of US town becoming Scottish landowners
SCOTLAND, Conn. (AP) — Residents of the rural town of Scotland, Connecticut, are becoming lords and ladies in the United Kingdom country of the same name.
The Scottish land preservation company Highland Titles said Tuesday it's gifting all 1,694 residents 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) of land on its nature reserve in Glencoe Wood, Scotland. The residents will get courtesy titles of Lord or Lady of Glencoe and instructions on how to visit their plots.
I stood on a knoll overlooking a prairie in Missouri last week and watched the sun waltz with the moon — and lose itself in the dance for a minute or two.
A week later, I am still transfixed. I expect that feeling will last.
There are things you cannot understand until you see them; but after seeing them, the mystery abides. I feel that way about very few places — Yosemite Valley, the Isle of Skye, my yard, when Comet Hyakutake floated over it in the spring nights of 1996.
Huge Montana wildlife reserve buys 46,000-acre ranch
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A sprawling central Montana nature reserve has purchased a 46,000-acre (186-square kilometer) ranch bordering a federal refuge as it advances toward its goal of establishing a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can roam freely.
The American Prairie Reserve announced Wednesday it had purchased the Two Crow Ranch about an hour north of Lewistown for an undisclosed sum.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia plans to build a "semi-autonomous" visa-free travel destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast where restrictions on women's dress, gender segregation and other conservative norms could be waived.
RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A body found dead in a Florida nature preserve this week has been identified as that of a 13-year-old girl who had been reported missing.
Janessa Shannon's body was found by a hiker on Wednesday at the Triple Creek Nature Preserve in Riverview. Her identity was confirmed by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office.
HONOLULU (AP) — A college student who graduated from one of Hawaii's most prestigious high schools — former President Barack Obama's alma mater — was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs Thursday after a judge sentenced him to 45 days in jail for slaughtering vulnerable seabirds at a nature reserve.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A forest fire in southern Spain forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 people and threatened a national park famous for its biodiversity and endangered species, authorities said Sunday.
The fire started on Saturday night on Spain's southern coast, then advanced east to reach the Donana Nature Reserve, one of the country's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.
HELSINKI (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday agreed to send a pair of pandas to Finland, the latest installment of his country's "panda diplomacy" that makes use of one of China's cutest natural assets to gain international concessions.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police say a 91-acre (37-hectare) swath of pine trees has been cut down in a nature reserve west of Mexico City to plant avocado trees.
Mexico's lucrative avocado trade has been blamed for a wave of deforestation in Michoacan and Mexico states.
The nature reserve where the illegal plantation was found supplies much of Mexico City with drinking water.
No contest plea in Hawaii albatross deaths case
HONOLULU (AP) — A 19-year-old college student pleaded no contest Thursday in a case involving seabirds killed at a Hawaii nature reserve.
Christian Gutierrez pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, theft and other charges. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 14 remaining counts.
New documents detail killings of Hawaii albatross
HONOLULU (AP) — Investigators have released new details about the deaths of at least 15 federally protected seabirds at a Hawaii nature reserve.
Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2kUHwnk ) that state and federal investigators say the Laysan albatross killings at the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve in December 2015 caused more than $200,000 in damage. Seventeen nests were also destroyed.
Montana prairie reserve awards Ken Burns prize to historian
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group piecing together a sprawling Montana wildlife preserve has named author and historian David McCullough as the first recipient of a prize named after filmmaker Ken Burns.
The American Prairie Reserve said Tuesday that McCullough was awarded the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize for his work to advance the public's understanding of American history.
McCullough is the author of numerous books including "John Adams," ''Truman" and "1776."
Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.
The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail.
NYU student pleads not guilty in Hawaii albatross killings
HONOLULU (AP) — A 19-year-old college student accused of killing seabirds at a Hawaii nature reserve pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty.
Defendant Christian Gutierrez didn't speak with news reporters as he and his attorney left a Honolulu courthouse after the brief arraignment.
Mexico rescues 2 abandoned jaguar cubs
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Animal welfare activists and authorities in southern Mexico rescued two jaguar cubs found on their own in a farm field near the Calakmul nature reserve, which is also home to a Mayan ruin site.
The two female cubs were found Oct. 5. It was not clear if their mother had died or abandoned them.
Hikers replace soldiers in Czech army zone turned reserve
BRDY PROTECTED NATURE RESERVE, Czech Republic (AP) — Half an hour's drive outside Prague, visitors looking for something different near the Czech capital can find themselves hiking in a former military zone — with army bunkers and a top secret Cold War depot to boot.