Environment

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Clay Scott shares this nocturnal adventure with Saw Whet owl researchers in Montana, and a visit to Denver Holt, of the Owl Research Institute, about his improbable journey from Boston street tough to ornithologist.

A study in the journal Science says a lot more methane is leaking from oil & gas sites than previously thought -- about 60 percent more than the current estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Boise State University professor Neil Carter researched the impact of human activity on the bahavior of nocturnal animals and the results are startling.

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Shoshone Falls is poised to be a spectacle one more time for its swan song before the water is reduced to a trickle for the summer.

As more people move into the West, interactions between humans and bears have increased. Now Yellowstone National Park is asking visitors to help save bears by honking at them.

A recent study published in Science magazine reports some animals are becoming more nocturnal. The cause is human activity.

Stephanie Coates / Intermountain Bird Observatory

An alarming number of migratory birds that spend springtime in Idaho raising their young are turning up dead. Researchers say humans are to blame for recent losses.


This year’s federal firefunding fix brought a sigh of relief among many in the Mountain West.

It will pump billions of dollars into firefighting efforts over the next decade. But not all wildfires are fought by the federal government.  

Many are fought at the state level with dwindling state funds.  

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When is the last time you’ve had a clear view of the Milky Way? Chances are you’re among the 99 percent of Americans who can’t see all that much of the night sky from where you live.

 


A new study published in Science magazine found that many of the world’s trout species are facing extinction due to climate change, overfishing and pollution.

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Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls "discrepancies" involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014.

In another shuffle of department leadership, the Bureau of Land Management has a new Deputy Director of Operations. The agency, along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, still await Senate-confirmed directors. 

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Mosquitos found in traps west of Parma have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.


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Public lands facilities around the nation are cutting budgets and staff. But in the Mountain West region, cutbacks at Montana's National Bison Refuge are prompting accusations of a political vendetta by regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managers. 

David Day / Bureau of Land Management

Wild horses that were removed from their range three years ago after the Soda Fire are headed back home. 

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