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With the hustle and bustle of over 80,000 students, workers, and faculty at Arizona State University — one of the nation’s largest universities — making it through one day without waste is nearly impossible.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The yellow-billed cuckoo has been disappearing from its home in the Western U.S., a decline that prompted the federal Fish and Wildlife Service to announce Thursday that the bird has been listed as a threatened species.
The yellow-billed cuckoo will now be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The bird resides in 12 western states and in Mexico and Canada, but Arizona has the largest population. There are about 350 to 495 pairs in the U.S., according to the American Bird Conservancy, which says none has been spotted in Oregon, Washington, or Montana recently.
A large portion of the yellow-billed cuckoo population lives in southern Arizona around the San Pedro River and at Cienega Creek, which conservationists also hope will be protected.
"We're gonna have to look at the federal actions that affect the cuckoo, such as grazing," Steve Spangle, who manages the Fish and Wildlife's ecological services field office in Arizona, said. "We're looking forward to working with all the agencies on how we can help the species. It's doing pretty well in Arizona."
But the agency says the once abundant bird has declined in population in large part because of the severe loss of its riparian habitat, dam construction, a growth in agriculture and river flow management and protection efforts. Over-grazing has also contributed.
"While the major threat to yellow-billed cuckoos has been loss of riverside habitat, we do not anticipate any significant new water-related requirements as a result of this listing decision," said Ren Lohoefener, U.S. Fish and Wildlife director for the Pacific Southwest Region.
The agency this year also proposed to make more than 5,000 acres in the upper Cienega Creek, where the birds thrive, a critical habitat, giving it a layer of protection. Conservationists say that area is threatened by a proposed mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.
A final decision will not be made until next year.
The bird winters in South America.
Mayor Mitchell’s and the Tempe City Council’s definition of a “sustainable” city is, according to an interview with Gabrielle Olson in ASU LightWorks, “… creating the smallest ecological footprint possible — producing the lowest quantity of pollution possible, efficiently using land; composting used materials, recycling, or converting waste-to-energy — thus minimizing the city’s overall contribution to climate change.”
Across the Oglala Grasslands of Nebraska: One of Best Short Hikes in America
The owners of the closed Lakes Golf Course have been pumping water out of the lakes on the property for weeks, and it will still be weeks until the lakes are dry, they said.
Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. Food supplies dependent upon pollinators are threatened.
In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you."
KENTON, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart.
Chandler’s 24 Carrots Natural Café and Urban Juicery has closed its original location and planted new roots in Tempe at 1701 E. Guadalupe Road.
Arizona Ambassador Girl Scout Morgan Serventi made life a little better in Wamba, Kenya, a year ago. She brought the local people heat, light, pure water, and a way to clean up their environment. Her gift is sustainable, ecologically brilliant, and affordable for families who live on less than we can imagine. She calls her project, “The Power of Poo,” for which she earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.
During our widely celebrated end-of-year holidays, many people are choosing to serve a healthy lean diet of meat harvested by hunting.
New York City has a zillion charms, but it may not be the ideal place to celebrate Halloween. Here's the problem — where do you display your jack-o'-lantern if you live in an apartment building with no porch?
Watch Me Grow in Gilbert will host a community event Oct. 19 to raise funds for childhood cancer and honor a child who died from the disease.
Anticipation is mounting once again as Chaparral hosts Saguaro in one of the best football rivalries in the state on Friday night.
The water district that supplies much of the Phoenix area's water supply says snowmelt produced enough runoff to refill Salt and Verde river reservoirs to near the levels before the year's period of heaviest use.
Climate change, and the consistently hotter and drier weather that comes with it, is largely the cause of the recent “sharp increase” in the number and intensity of wildfires, NASA officials said Friday.
Felder Rushing is not a man to be hurried. This former county extension agent turned folklorist, author and lecturer is an advocate of slow gardening — emphasizing the process over the product.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.
Grass isn't always the best groundcovers for a yard: It's thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.
Mexican Wolf Recovery Workshop, Italian Night at Arcosanti, and Camp Verde Cornfest
How many years have we been discussing illegal immigration reform? It seems like it has been headline news for the last 10 years. It has been discussed from the local level to the U.S. House, Senate and White House, yet only now has any serious written effort at reform been made.
Finding air-conditioned summer entertainment can be tricky in the Valley of the Sun. It got a bit easier when Arizona’s newest cultural attraction — Butterfly Wonderland — opened last month in Scottsdale.
Our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution say the United States of America is a sovereign nation. Well, the UN and our progressive pols have other ideas.
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday.