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Monitoring the Monarchs

Last month monarch butterflies began an annual northward journey from their overwintering habitat in Mexico. Monarch expert Lincoln Brower discusses the dwindling monarch populations, and explains how habitat loss in Mexico and a decline in milkweed plant numbers in the U.S. may be harming the familiar orange and black fliers.

A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Legislation introduced in several states would require anyone who records evidence of animal abuse to turn it over to authorities within a set period of time. But animal rights activists aren't welcoming these measures: They see the bills as veiled attempts to stifle long-term undercover investigations that can prove a pattern of abuse.
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Tim Gallagher: "Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre"

A naturalist tracks the Imperial woodpecker through Mexico: He describes his dangerous expeditions through the Sierra Madre mountains to save a rare bird.

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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise"

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.


Monkey Calls Could Offer Clues For Origin Of Human Speech

Melissa Block talks with researcher Thore Bergman about his findings that a rare type of Ethiopian monkey, the gelada, makes a human-like sound that could offer insights into the evolution of human speech.

Starving Baby Sea Lions Flood Southern California Shores

More than 1,000 sick and dying sea lion pups have been found stranded since the beginning of the year, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As scientists try to figure out why, one animal rescue worker says that in nearly three decades on the job, he's never seen anything like it.

African Leopard Tortoise Cashew Was Never Stolen

The National Mississippi River Museum announced last week that Cashew had been stolen. Instead, the animal had gotten wedged behind a museum wall. Embarrassed about losing track of a tortoise, a staff member popped Cashew into the elevator to make it appear she'd been returned by a thief.