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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Alligator, an iconic native species, thrives in the South’s wetlands

The American Alligator is known throughout the world as an iconic North American wildlife species (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is known throughout the world as an iconic native wildlife species of North America, immortalized in country music and popular culture. “Polk salad Annie, gators got your granny,” is a lyric from a 2006 song by Tony...

Mighty Mike, largest American Alligator outside of Florida, leaving Newport Aquarium in September

After five years wowing millions of people at Newport Aquarium, Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is preparing to head back to the Sunshine State this summer. At 14 feet long and 800 pounds, Mighty Mike’s size makes it clear that he is truly a living dinosaur. Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is headed home after five years at Newport Aquarium...

Could species conservation be key to winning a college football championship? Hmmm…

By Ethan Alpern Special to KyForward   As college football championship week gets under way, analysts may want to pay attention to a different set of rankings — the endangered species list.   In fact, by studying the work that U.S. Geological Survey scientists have conducted on endangered species, the outcomes of many teams this season could have been accurately – though not statistically...