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Photo: The number of monarch butterflies migrating through Florida are decreasing, according to conservationists. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

ST. MARKS, Fla. - Florida neighborhoods will be invaded by Halloween costumes of all sorts on Friday, including the ever-popular butterfly costume. But real-life butterflies - namely monarchs on their annual migration from the north to Mexico - arrived later than normal this year at their migration ...Read More

PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.

RAMONA, Calif. - Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farm ...Read More

PHOTO: The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin–Madison over what the group claims is lack of transparency regarding its planned testing of baby primates. Photo courtesy of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

MADISON, Wis. - This "monkey business" is no laughing matter. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit this week against the University of Wisconsin at Madison, accusing the university of a "lack of transparency" concerning pending research on baby monkeys. Kelsey Eberly, litigation fe ...Read More

PHOTO: These goats (and a canine friend) are taking a break on a big job. Wells Farm rents them out to help eradicate invasive kudzu on protected lands. Photo courtesy of Pacolet Area Conservancy.

TRYON, N.C. - Goats are known for their insatiable appetite and love of climbing, which makes them the perfect candidates for the job of cleaning up kudzu in North Carolina. Land trusts are using goats to clean up land that's been overtaken by the invasive plant on several conservation properties. ...Read More

PHOTO: Dogs can be adopted for as little as $20 at the Arizona Humane Society throughout October during "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month." Photo credit: Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

PHOENIX - Arizonans are being encouraged to consider adding a new member to the family during "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," running throughout October. Bretta Nelson, public relations manager with the Arizona Humane Society, says her organization is holding special events throughout the month to pro ...Read More

PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States is calling for greater protections for livestock on farms, in North Carolina and the rest of the country. The group says this year, more than 400,000 animals have died in fires on large, industrial farms. Photo courtesy of HSUS.

EAGLE SPRINGS, N.C. – After more than 4,000 piglets died this month in a fire at a Moore County pig farm, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is calling on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and meat industry groups to implement rules to prevent future incidents. The ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan bird watchers say they are already seeing alterations in the populations and habitats of the state's birds, which they believe are tied to climate change. Photo credit: S. Baker, Straits Area Audubon Society

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan's hunters, anglers, bird watchers and boaters say they are seeing firsthand how climate change is putting the state's outdoor legacy at risk, which is why many sportsmen and women are now raising their voices for climate action. A National Audubon Society study proj ...Read More

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