9:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

LG&E, Division of Wildlife Launch Live Web Stream of Peregrine Falcons Nesting at Power Plant

A peregrine falcon at the Louisville Zoo.
Ltshears Wikimedia Commons

Like watching live streamed videos of animals while you're at work? The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife and Louisville Gas and Electric have launched a webcam for the public to view a pair of peregrine falcons which are nesting at LG&E's Mill Creek power plant.

There's not a lot of action in the nesting box right now, but there are five eggs which are expected to hatch sometime this week. Here are some archived videos.

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2:27 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Experts Discuss Climate Change, Polar Bears...and Polar-Grizzly Bear Hybrids

A polar bear in Wager Bay in the Canadian Arctic.
Ansgar Walk Wikimedia Commons

Last week, on International Polar Bear Day, WFPL and the Louisville Zoo hosted a discussion about polar bears and climate change in WFPL's studio. The panelists were:

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4:54 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Researcher Says Carbon Dioxide Could Stop Spread of Asian Carp

Tdk Wikimedia Commons

A researcher at the University of Illinois has found a new way to possibly stop the spread of Asian carp throughout the country's waterways: carbon dioxide.

Here's the story from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences:

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12:11 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave National Park

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been confirmed in Mammoth Cave National Park.

White Nose Syndrome is caused by a white fungus, and is deadly to bats. Since 2006, the fungus has been found in 21 states. The disease has killed more than 6 million bats in four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. Mammoth Cave has been taking steps to keep the fungus out of its caves--like making visitors walk over cleansing mats--but park superintendent Sarah Craighead confirmed the disease's presence today.

From the news release:

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10:42 am
Mon January 14, 2013

92 Birds Killed in Kentucky's Second Sandhill Crane Hunting Season

Kentucky’s second sandhill crane hunting season is officially over. This year hunters killed 92 birds—42 more than last year.

Most of the birds killed were in Hardin and Barren counties on private land. No more than 400 birds could be hunted during the season, and the actual amount taken didn’t come even close to that. But Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird Specialist Rocky Pritchert says the department is counting the season as a success.

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12:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Kentucky Lets You Shoot or Watch Sandhill Cranes This Season

A Sandhill Crane flying at Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Dayton, California, USA.
Steve Emmons U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you want to look at sandhill cranes--or just shoot them--opportunities abound this season.

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8:24 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Artificial Cave May Help Researchers Study Deadly Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Researchers in Tennessee hope the creation of an artificial cave will help stop the progress of a deadly bat disease.

White Nose Syndrome was discovered in 2006 in upstate New York, and now it has spread to four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. The disease is caused by a white fungus, and so far scientists aren’t really sure how to control it.

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3:58 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Kentucky to Receive Federal Grant to Continue Studying Fatal Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Kentucky is among 30 states that will receive federal funds to boost monitoring for a deadly bat disease.

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7:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Humane Society President Will Visit Louisville to Speak About Human, Animal Relationships

The president of the Humane Society of the United States will be in Louisville this week to discuss his new book: New York Times Bestseller “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals and Our Call to Defend Them.”

The book is a study of human-animal relationships. Wayne Pacelle says humans are naturally drawn to and fascinated by animals—look at the number of people who have pets and who watch animals in the wild or at zoos.

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2:12 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Four Reasons Beavers Are a Boon to Your Park

Steve Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week I went to St. Matthews for a story about beavers that have made their home in Draut Park. City council members had initially had concerns about the beavers.

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