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Vermont's youth novice hunting weekend Saturday and Sunday

Oct. 23, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's annual youth and novice deer hunting weekend is underway. Both young and novice hunters on Saturday and Sunday must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years old who has Vermont hunting license. Resident or...

After long absence "dancing birds" return to western Montana

Oct. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana. It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near Drummond or in the Blackfoot Valley. ...

Professor: Dragonflies thrive at mine drainage cleanup sites

Oct. 23, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

LILLY, Pa. (AP) — With a swoosh of a net, a flick of the wrist and a little bit of luck, St. Francis University biology professor Lane Loya snagged another dragonfly from a reed during a recent trip into the field for his research. For the past decade, he’s been...

Dakotas researchers look to take the steam out of streams

Oct. 23, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

LEAD, S.D. (AP) — A study that focuses on ways to cool South Dakota’s streams during the hottest times of the year in an effort to preserve the trout population is yielding positive results, officials from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks say. Jeremy Kientz, a...

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Oct. 21, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. Now researchers have...

Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? Yes, as long as the virus that caused the pandemic keeps infecting people. But that doesn’t mean new variants will keep emerging as regularly, or that they’ll be more dangerous. ...

Court: Parts of pesticide program violate California law

Oct. 18, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state-run pest prevention program partly violates California's landmark environmental protection law with its approach to spraying pesticides, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling centers on a pest prevention and management program run...

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

Oct. 18, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

More COVID-19 booster shots may be on the way -- but when it’s your turn, you’ll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant. And that has some experts wondering if the booster campaign is a bit of a...

Youth hunters asked to bring deer to reporting stations

Oct. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters who take part in the state's annual youth and novice deer hunt next weekend to bring any deer they take to one of the state's 19 biological reporting stations. That helps state...

During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic

Oct. 16, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were...