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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

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by Jeffrey Wolf

October 19, 2011

BOULDER - Gail Loveman was working at the computer when she turned around to see a very disconcerting staring contest. A mountain lion was looking through her sliding glass door right at her cat, Zeus.

Loveman says the mountain lion walked along the deck and then came face-to-face with Zeus. After looking in her yard, she realized there were several more mountain lions. The one at the window was a teenager and the mother stayed farther away.

by James Gorman

April 28, 2016

The Great Barrier Reef's coral bleaching crisis has migrated south to the waters of Sydney Harbour, new research reveals. The damage to the harbour's hard coral has been discovered by a monitoring team at Macquarie University.

The researcher said more than "45 percent" of the harbour's hard coral has been bleached by unprecedented warm waters flowing in from the East Australian Current.

by Martha Neil

July 7, 2013

Most agree, dandelions are a notorious weed. But some recognize that dandelion greens can contribute to a tasty and nutritious meal.

Among the fans of the food is John Taris, a 75-year-old retiree who lives in the Chicago area with his wife on a $1,500-a-month social security payment. When the couple's food supply was a bit low recently, he volunteered to go pick some to provide a vegetable, writes columnist John Kass in the Chicago Tribune (sub. req.). But, caught in the act of picking the weeds by a Cook County Forest Preserve cop, he was issued a $75 ticket. His court date is July 9.

ABC 15 News

February 20, 2009

TUCSON, AZ -- State gaming officials say they have captured a wild jaguar in the Arizona desert, and it's a first for them.

The animal was captured Wednesday during a research study monitoring habitat for mountain lions and black bears near Tucson. The captured jaguar was fitted with a satellite tracking collar and then released, according to Lambert.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

by Sarah Clarke

July 22, 2008

A new report has found that organic produce growers have experienced an 80 per cent growth in farm-gate sales over the last four years, despite the widespread drought.

The report, released by the Biological Farmers of Australia, also reveals that Australia now accounts for the largest amount of organic farmland in the world. The report on the state of the organic market says it is now worth around $230 million a year and there are 2,750 certified growers in Australia.

ABC News 30

September 25, 2009

California News (KFSN) -- Hundreds of national parks, including several here in the Valley will be open for free over the weekend.

Saturday, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is waiving its entrance fees. It's part of "National Public Lands Day" which celebrates volunteerism on public lands.

ABC News 30

by Sara Sandrik

September 19, 2009

Thursday marked the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the constitution. And to celebrate the occasion, dozens of Valley residents became U.S. Citizens.

38 immigrants from 17 different countries stood surrounded by the spectacular sights at Yosemite's Glacier Point and took an oath of allegiance to the United States.

ABC News 7

by Sid Garcia

July 31, 2009

SANTA ROSA VALLEY -- Residents of a Ventura County community believe a roaming mountain lion may be killing their pets. The scene is the community of Santa Rosa valley, nestled between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.

According to the Santa Rosa Valley resident Lynn Scheck, the family's 97-pound bulldog named Mac was killed and eaten on the front lawn in their Santa Rosa Valley neighborhood. Some of the neighbors say they are taking even more precautions to protect their pets. Video Report

ABC News 7

by Mark Matthews

March 2, 2007

The President is trying once again to eliminate the estate tax and his critics have come up with some extreme comparisons on who it will impact.

Senator Bernie Sanders has compiled a list of what he calls the winners and losers. The family that owns the Nordstrom department stores? Sanders figures they'd get to save $826 million dollars if the tax is repealed.

by Eliza Buzacott-Speer

December 2, 2015

More than 300 whales are found washed up in one of the largest die-offs on record.

Vreni Haussermann of the Huinay Scientific Centre was one of the scientists who made the discovery. "It was an apocalyptic sight. I'd never seen anything like it," Ms Haussermann said. Scientists launched an expedition to count the animals after 20 sei whales were reported dead in April.

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