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Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

May. 19, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the...

Judge: Trump administration illegally withdrew bird listing

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration acted illegally in 2020 when it withdrew an earlier proposal to list as threatened a hen-sized bird found only in the high desert along the California-Nevada line. It’s the latest development in the on-again,...

Bad Kitty: German town grounds cats to save rare birds

May. 18, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — What a cat-astrophe! Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season. The decree is designed to help save the crested...

Hawaii gets $14M in federal funding to help forest birds

May. 16, 2022 20:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is on course to receive $14 million in federal funding to help protect endangered forest birds and other species, officials said Monday. U.S. Rep. Ed Case, a Democrat from Hawaii, said the funding will help the state fight mosquitoes that threaten birds found...

A new Oregon mining boom could be a bust for sage grouse

May. 14, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

McDermitt, Ore. (AP) — Katie Fite crouched behind some waist-high sagebrush, and her dog Bell nestled in the plant’s cozy cavity to shield from howling winds. It was the first Saturday in April, peak mating season for sage grouse on a remote stretch of the Oregon-Nevada border....

Chicago Park District: Beloved piping plover Monty dies

May. 13, 2022 20:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A beloved, endangered shorebird named Monty the Piping Plover died Friday, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman said. “It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Monty, one of the Montrose Beach Piping Plovers,” said Irene Tostado of the park...

Indiana osprey nest moved away from live wires to safer spot

May. 07, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

AVILLA, Ind. (AP) — A pair of ospreys that nested near live electrical lines atop a northern Indiana utility pole now have a safer home thanks to a utility crew that moved their nest. Indiana Michigan Power workers installed a new, stand-alone pole Thursday near the nest the...

Appeals court upholds limit on California's foie gras ban

May. 07, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians can buy foie gras produced out of state despite California's ban on the delicacy, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2020 lower court ruling that said Californians can order foie gras from...

Avian flu confirmed in 2 backyard Pacific Northwest flocks

May. 06, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avian flu that's spreading quickly across the U.S. has been detected in the Pacific Northwest in two backyard bird flocks in rural Oregon and Washington. Several geese in a noncommercial flock of about 100 waterfowl died suddenly on a farm in Linn County,...

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

May. 05, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly. “It’s quite a sight to see an eagle with a six-foot wingspan having uncontrollable...