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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 Caitlin Conrad

May 29, 2015

Scientists with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary are predicting a mass die-off on the Central Coast because of a powerful red tide.

Researchers are seeing the highest levels of red tide in more than a decade, and they're worried it will have grave impacts on marine life. "This is probably the largest domoic acid event they've seen in the last decade, so it is pretty severe," said Scott Kathey of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

by David Smith

May 28, 2015

A bill in the California Senate may give a wider stretch of time to cast a line for those who do not purchase their licenses at the start of the year.

The current price of $41.07 is price-adjusted from the 2004 base fee of $31.25. SB 345 would increase the base fee to $42.50, increasing the cost of a 12-month license in some areas, but reducing it in others.

by Eric Holthaus

May 14, 2015

Last year at this time, I was harping about the "monster" El Niño that seemed to be brewing in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It didn't pan out. But from the looks of the latest data, I was just one year too early.

irst off, it's rapidly intensifying. El Niño is about self-reinforcing feedbacks between the ocean and the atmosphere, and from all accounts, this one has its foot on the accelerator pedal. If it continues, the impacts will be felt around the globe-here's my detailed rundown of what to expect. Among them: drought in Australia, Southeast Asia, and perhaps India, with flooding in Peru and Southern California.

by Ken Harrison

May 13, 2015

Many San Diego anglers are rejoicing that California appears to finally be moving towards a 12-month from-date-purchase fishing license. Senate Bill 187, written by Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) unanimously passed.

For years, anglers have complained the Department of Fish and Wildlife licenses are a state rip-off. No mater when purchased, the annual fishing license expires on December 31. Most anglers wait until the spring or summer fishing season to renew their licenses.

by Mike Nowatzki

May 8, 2015

Railroad tracks where an oil train derailed Wednesday in central North Dakota had been inspected by BNSF Railway a day earlier and by the Federal Railroad Administration...

Teams from the FRA and National Transportation Safety Board continued their investigations Friday at the site just east of Heimdal where six oil tanker cars derailed Wednesday morning, spawning a fire and smoke plume that forced the town's 25 residents and two nearby farmsteads to evacuate. An NTSB spokesman said its four investigators were expected to be there through the weekend.

by Kristen Duever

May 7, 2015

In gardening as in life, it can be easy to fall into the same familiar patterns. Year after year, there are certain vegetables that we just always seem to plant.

And it's only natural that we should develop favorites that we love to grow and enjoy every season. But if we only plant the familiar, we are missing out on the opportunity to enjoy new visual sensations in our gardens and new taste sensations in our meals.

by Sheri L. Williamson

May 7, 2015

A recent visitor to the Field Guide to Hummingbirds Facebook page asked a question that comes up frequently in discussions of the use of petroleum-based food dyes in hummingbird feeder solutions:

Have any scientific studies been conducted to determine the effects of these chemicals on hummingbirds? Some people are surprised to learn that the answer is an emphatic "NO." Despite oft-repeated (and oft-debunked) urban legends that the San Diego Zoo, Audubon Society, or some other trustworthy source tested red dye on hummingbirds and found one or more specific effects (liver damage, kidney damage, cancer, tumors, "birth defects," weakened eggshells, or, in some versions of the story, no harm at all), there is no evidence that any such testing has ever been conducted on hummingbirds by anyone anywhere.

by Fla. Dept. of Environmental Protection

May 5, 2015

During National Foster Care Month, state park passes will be distributed to 15,000 families throughout Florida to celebrate foster parents.

The partnership builds on an annual program that encourages foster children and their families to engage in outdoor recreation and supports them in the journey to lead more normal lives and create lasting memories with their foster families. Park passes will be distributed to foster parents throughout the state by Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies and local DCF offices.

May 5, 2015

This week marks the second of five public meetings on a proposal to allow trapping of mountain lions on public lands, and it continues what appears to be the New Mexico Game and Fish Department's standard operating procedure.

Because if New Mexico is indeed being overrun by cougars, why are hunters killing only around 225 each year when 750 kills are allowed? Moreover, why would a state that finally said goodbye to strapping razors on roosters for death matches decide the best way to address an alleged overpopulation of a species is a device that can lead to a slow, painful, terrified death for anything that comes in contact with it?

by Jim Lynch

April 19, 2015

Federal efforts to protect and preserve the northern long-eared bat population could hurt jobs in Michigan, according to a group of U.S. House members.

For roughly eight years, northern long-eared bats have been under attack from the white-nose syndrome disease. In America's Northeast region alone, the bat population has plunged 99 percent.

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