Federal wildlife officials are proposing an endangered listing for a rare sunflower found in Georgia's Cherokee County. The whorled sunflower grows only in three places in the South. But it represents scores of Georgia plants in danger of dying out.
Endangered fish could swim farther up the Savannah River once the Savannah harbor deepening project gets started. US Army Corps of Engineers officials are proposing a $32 million "fishway" around an Augusta dam as part of the massive port expansion proposal. But aren't convinced the endangered shortnosed sturgeon would benefit from it.
Residents forced out of a coastal Georgia fishing village during World War Two told a Congressional panel, they want to return to their land. The mainly African-American former residents of McIntosh County's Harris Neck told members of a House Natural Resources subcomitteee, the government seized the land illegally. The area is now a wildlife refuge.
While the fire mostly has been contained, the aerial videos date from the fire's early weeks, when it appeared more dramatic from the air. The videos come from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission. They were uploaded to a public website on May 20.
Environmental groups have formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to re-introduce panthers to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. If their idea is adopted, about a dozen endangered Florida panthers could be put in the swamp to start a new population there. They say, the cats' habitat in South Florida is diminishing.
The Nature Conservancy has bought more than a thousand acres of fire-scorched land and donated it to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The land is on the refuge's northwest edge, where wildfires burned a half million acres in 2007.