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An Avian Mystery: Rare Parrot Spotted In Wild For First Time In 15 Years

NPR | June 25, 2016 11:27 a.m.

A solitary Spix's Macaw was spotted and caught on video flying over Bahia, Brazil. The origins of the bird are unknown, but conservators say its appearance represents "a new hope" for the area.

Flora and Fauna | Health

How The Screwworm's Sex Life Saved Your Steaks

NPR | June 24, 2016 2 p.m.

A crazy idea helped get rid of the screwworm fly, which once took a toll on cattle. Now the strategy is being used in the battle against Zika.

Water | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Work is underway to restore a native water lily called the wocus to wetlands in the Klamath Basin — and with it a traditional Native American food and habitat for endangered fish. 

Nation | Flora and Fauna

'Intelligent' And 'Whimsical': The Pumi Dog Breed Gains Full U.S. Recognition

NPR | June 23, 2016 4:26 a.m.

The American Kennel Club says it is officially granting full status to the pumi, a herding breed originally from Hungary. It opens the door for the breed to compete at the Westminster Dog Show.

World | Flora and Fauna

Jaguar Used In Olympic Torch Ceremony Escapes, Is Shot Dead

NPR | June 22, 2016 9:31 a.m.

The Brazilian army says a soldier shot dead an escaped jaguar, shortly after the animal was displayed at a ceremony celebrating the Olympic torch in the Amazonian city of Manaus.

Science | Pacific Ocean | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Searching For The Mysterious Sixgill Sharks of Puget Sound

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016 9:45 p.m. | Hoodsport, Washington

Recent sixgill sightings are giving hope to divers and researchers that the sharks may be returning to Puget Sound.

Nation | Flora and Fauna

Colorado Mother Fights Off Mountain Lion To Save Her Son

NPR | June 19, 2016 11:40 a.m.

A Colorado woman managed to fight off a mountain lion that was attacking her 5-year-old son. During the harrowing rescue, she reportedly reached into the cat's jaws to free her child's head.

World | Nation | Flora and Fauna | Election

#NPRreads: Make A Wager On These 3 Stories This Weekend

NPR | June 18, 2016 5:58 a.m.

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

Nation | Science | Flora and Fauna | Health

A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

NPR | June 16, 2016 3:57 p.m.

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Ghost Shrimp, Oyster Herpes And Global Warming’s Evil Twin

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Keeping Washington's $270 million-a-year oyster industry afloat means addressing some looming threats. Here's a primer on some of the biggies.