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Nala Rogers

Science Writer

Washington DC

Nala Rogers

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Ravaged Western Lands: The Dilemma of Horse & Burro Management

In the June heat, Neil Perry watched a herd of elk approach a spring at the end of a scrubby canyon. Before they could reach their goal, a white stallion charged from the trees.
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Return of the Fire Forests

Reese Thompson's family has lived in longleaf country for six generations. Once, they bled the tall, stately longleaf pines (Pinus palustris) for turpentine. When that industry died in the mid-20th century, Thompson began selling the trees for pulp wood, replacing them with other species that were easier to grow. Still, some of the original longleaf forest remained, and, in 2004, Thompson strolled through it with a visiting biologist from the National Wild Turkey Federation. "She laid a yard-square aluminum frame randomly on the ground, and she proceeded to identify 29 different species of plants that were in that yard square area," said Thompson. "I thought to myself, I'm 50 years old, I've been walking on this all my life, and I didn't realize what was underneath my feet."
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Plover chicks survive harrowing adventures to fledge on new beaches

From New Jersey to Manitoba, young piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) are learning to fly on beaches that haven’t seen plover nests in years. The birds’ expansion to new beaches is good news for the federally listed species, and it reflects hard work by wildlife professionals to keep the chicks from being crushed or eaten.
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Supposed wolf species may actually be hybrids

American canids are all mixed up, genetically speaking. That’s the conclusion of a new study examining wolf and coyote DNA, and the findings could change which animals receive Endangered Species Act protection. Red wolves (Canis rufus) have long been protected as a separate species, and more recently, researchers have proposed that “eastern wolves” in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park also represent a unique species.
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Flat river valleys serve as hotspot for mountain wildlife

When renowned conservation leader Harvey Locke hiked through the Flathead River Valley with TWS member Ric Hauer in 2008, he already knew the area was a hotspot for wildlife. But, like most people, he thought the river ended at the bank. He was therefore perplexed when Hauer told him they had been walking on top of the river for half an hour.
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‘Frankenturtles’ may help solve turtle stranding mystery

There’s no bringing a dead sea turtle back to life. But by filling its carcass with Styrofoam and a GPS tracker, researchers can turn it into a scientific instrument, gathering information that may some day save the lives of other turtles. Last week, researchers began releasing such “Frankenturtles” into the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to understand how carcasses drift in ocean currents.
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How to protect nest boxes from predators

Nest box guards work, but the most effective kinds aren’t the ones most people use, according to new research presented during TWS’ 23rd Annual Conference in Raleigh, N.C. Today, nest boxes are widely used, both by bird lovers as well as researchers and conservationists. But they don’t always serve as the safe shelters humans intend.
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Flesh-eating maggots threaten endangered Key deer

Endangered deer in the Florida Keys are suffering grizzly deaths from an infestation of flesh-eating maggots. The parasites, known as New World screwworms (Cochliomyia hominivorax), are the larvae of flies that lay their eggs in open wounds. They can infect humans, pets and livestock, but so far, the main victims have been deer from an endangered white-tailed deer subspecies known as the Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium).
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WSB study: Jaguars and humans may sometimes live in harmony

Jaguars are symbols of wild rainforest ecosystems, but new research suggests they are not limited to such remote haunts. In the state of Nayarit on Mexico’s western coast, jaguars (Panthera onca) share the landscape with about 82 humans per square mile — far more than researchers had previously expected jaguars to tolerate.
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Invasive snails rescue endangered bird of prey

Endangered kites in Florida may have an unlikely savior: a type of invasive snail the size of a baseball. Until recently, the Florida population of snail kites (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) fed almost entirely on Florida apple snails (Pomacea maculata), which can only live under specific wetland conditions.
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Burmese pythons breeding in the Florida Keys

For the average person, finding a giant invasive snake might sound worse than finding a small one. But the opposite is true on Key Largo in Florida, where locals and researchers found three 18-inch-long Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) this past August. The snakes were hatchlings, and their presence suggests that the invasive species — which measures about 12 feet in length when fully grown — is now breeding on the island.
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Endangered ferrets thrive in their ancestral home

This past September in Meeteetse, Wyoming, biologists panned spotlights over a moonlit prairie dog town. Each flash of emerald eyeshine marked a captive-bred ferret living wild in its ancestral home. “Once you see ferret eyeshine, it’s very distinctive, because it’s much brighter than anything [else] we’ve got out there,” said Nichole Bjornlie, a biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and one of the team members who conducted the survey of reintroduced ferrets at Meeteetse.
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About

Nala Rogers

I am a staff writer at Inside Science, where I cover the Earth and Creature beats. I have written for Science, Nature, Scientific American, the University of Utah, and other outlets. In my free time I like to play with wildlife.

Phone: 801-949-2128
Email: nalarogers42@gmail.com