Federal wildlife officials want a plant they say is found only in Georgia and Alabama to be classified as "threatened." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is seeking the designation for the Georgia rockcress. The plant has been a candidate for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 2000.
Tuesday is the deadline for public comments in a plan to deepen Savannah's harbor from 42 to 47 feet. Supporters and opponents of the project have been picking over the massive proposal and have different conclusions for federal officials who'll make a final yes-or-no decision later this year. The US Army Corps of Engineers spent 14 years studying plans to deepen the Savannah harbor.
Federal government is undertaking a one year study of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Snake's population is declining due to habitat loss and rattlesnake round-ups. Just one round-up remains in Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says there are only six known populations of gopher frogs left in the state. Those low numbers have a wide range of groups working with DNR to save the amphibian. Atlanta Botanical Garden biologist Dante Fenolio explains why saving these frogs and other amphibians is so important.
A legal settlement over endangered sea turtles in the Pacific could be a sign of things to come in the Atlantic. Conservation groups recently agreed with the National Marine Fisheries Management Service over new rules to protect the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. In the Atlantic, the same groups are petitioning the same officials for rules to protect the threatened Atlantic loggerhead.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.
A rare mussel found only in one coastal river could become the latest Georgia species added to the endangered species list. The Altamaha spinymussel used to be common in several South Georgia rivers but is now found only in the Altamaha.