Archive for July 2011

Slowly, gopher tortoise moves toward endangered list

Curtis Mrogan, Miami Herald   Designation as a “candidate species’’ won’t add any immediate new protections for the gopher tortoise, which has declined under the effects of suburban sprawl. There are a host of reasons the gopher tortoise is disappearing from Florida and other Southeastern states – from roads and homes paving over the sandy…

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Gopher tortoise inches toward endangered species list

Written by  Jim Waymer FLORIDA TODAY July, 26th 2011   The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced today it will add the gopher tortoise to a list of candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency concluded there’s enough evidence to justify a federal “threatened” listing of the tortoise in the eastern…

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Inside a Bat Survey

It’s no secret that bat populations in the East are suffering from White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Wild South has been working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NC WRC) to help monitor bat populations in the state.
img_2203eAn eastern red bat being examined.NC WRC does three different types of bat surveys. One is remote identification of bats using an ANABAT, a device which allows researchers to identify species by the frequency at which they echolocate. The ANABAT can be set up in a stationary spot or used from a  moving car. Another survey method is entering caves to observe hibernating bats. This is often done in early spring. The final type of survey, and the focus of this article, involves catching bats in thin mist nets.


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