Researchers say there are more snowy owls this season than anyone has seen in 50 years. People have reported seeing thousands of the magnificent Arctic birds, from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all the way to Bermuda. The question for many people has been, why is it happening?
Endangered species laws nationally and in Pennsylvania are facing makeovers by Republican lawmakers. At issue are a focus on species recovery and decsion-making power about threatened and endangered species listings.
Habitat loss, dwindling wildlife and down-on-their-luck animals figure prominently in Tiger Heron, the latest collection of poems by Penn State professor Robin Becker.
About five years ago, a group of what are known as Jefferson salamanders returned to the pond where they laid eggs each spring. But their breeding site was gone, so the creatures migrated to what seemed like a nice, new wet place. Unfortunately, what they found themselves in was a sewage plant.
Throughout the holiday season, amateur and professional birdwatchers around the world are staring through binoculars, and cupping their ears like Dumbo the elephant to listen closely for birds. They're taking part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird count. It started on December 14 and ends January 5.
When Allegheny Front executive producer Kathy Knauer's daughter got the assignment to write a poem, Olivia Knauer headed for a winter walk in the park with mom in tow. Eleven-year-old Olivia's teacher had assigned an acrostic poem—meaning the first letter of each line of the poem created a word—in this case, snowfall.
The federal Endangered Species Act turns 40 on Dec. 28, 2013. The legislation's had some big successes, like bringing back the bald eagle. Now there are some attacks on the federal law, and similar state-level species preservation efforts. Reporter John R. Platt blogs for the Scientific American about endangered species. He talks with The Allegheny Front as part of our reporting package on animals at risk.
The Blanding’s turtle has a bright yellow neck and long chin and reaches up to 10 inches in adulthood, making it among Pennsylvania’s largest and most recognizable pond turtles. Found only in Erie County, it is a threatened species in Pennsylvania due to habitat destruction, urbanization that causes road kills, and predation
The bald eagle could be removed from the Pennsylvania Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2014, marking a milestone in the bird’s recovery across the state. Meanwhile, another bird of prey—the peregrine falcon—is also flying in the right direction to become a conservation success story.