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California to reopen fishing after offshore oil spill

Nov. 29, 2021 22:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California will reopen fishing along a stretch of southern coastline after barring the activity for weeks following an offshore oil spill, it was announced Monday. The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said a ban on the taking of...

Cape Cod sea turtle strandings increase after slow start

Nov. 29, 2021 13:50 PM EST

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Sea turtle strandings on Cape Cod are picking up after a slow start to the season, experts at the New England Aquarium said Monday. The aquarium has so far cared for almost 120 of the animals at its Quincy turtle hospital, the vast majority of which...

Feds ask ships to slow down to protect rare whales near NYC

Nov. 29, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have detected a rare species of whale southeast of New York City, and the federal government is using a voluntary protected zone to try to keep them safe. There are fewer than 350 North Atlantic right whales left, according to scientists. ...

Loon counters find more adults but loss of chicks in Maine

Nov. 29, 2021 13:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's population of loons appears to be continuing to grow, but bird counters in the state said they also noticed a steep drop in the number of loon chicks. Common loons are beloved by wildlife watchers, and Maine is home to the largest...

Volunteers rescue sandhill crane with plastic wedged on beak

Nov. 29, 2021 11:27 AM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A sandhill crane that couldn't eat because a piece of plastic was wedged on its beak is on the mend after getting a helping hand from a group of suburban Chicago volunteers. Shana Conner, a volunteer with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, helped...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 29, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Nebraskans should reject radical overhaul of state education board, department Societies should hold fast to an important guiding principle for government: avoid a heavy centralizing of power. This is why...

Maine salmon advocacy group gets grant to improve hatchery

Nov. 29, 2021 04:12 AM EST

EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A salmon advocacy group in rural Maine is getting help from the federal government to make improvements to a fish hatchery and office building. The Downeast Salmon Federation operates the facility in East Machias. The group advocates for...

Barn owl documented in Wisconsin for 1st time in 20 years

Nov. 29, 2021 01:03 AM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — In a rare sighting, the first barn owl nest was documented in the state of Wisconsin in more than two decades after a La Crosse resident spotted an owlet in their backyard, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The bird has been an...

Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

Nov. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the...

2 stolen bulldogs, 1 still missing on Long Island

Nov. 28, 2021 15:37 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — There’s been joy and anxiety for the owners of two French bulldogs on Long Island over the holiday weekend. One of the pooches was stolen during a Thanksgiving Day burglary in Huntington, and her owners offered a $5,000 reward. To the relief...