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Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:13 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators in Kansas City, the zoo announced Tuesday. It is the first time in the zoo's 110-year history that it has been home to this species...

NYC lawmakers vote 43-3 to require 'bird-friendly' glass

Dec. 10, 2019 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's City Council voted 43-3 Tuesday to mandate “bird-friendly”glass in new buildings in hopes of cutting down on the tens of thousands of birds that die by flying into the city's buildings every year. The bill, which will take effect one year after it becomes law, will...

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Dec. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but...

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Dec. 7, 2019 11:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city's buildings every year. New York will be the largest city in the nation to...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

Egypt unveils animal mummies of lion cubs, crocodiles, birds

Nov. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EST

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities on Saturday revealed details on recently discovered animal mummies, saying they include two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds and cats. Items from the new find were displayed at a makeshift exhibition at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Man wants revamp of program that killed emu he hatched

Nov. 18, 2019 4:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man says he wants an overhaul of a school program that killed the emu he hatched with his late wife. The Tennessean quotes Jeff Norman as saying the bird named Charlie was one of the couple’s last projects before Jil Norman’s death in 2018. He says he then...

Whooping cranes return to Alabama national wildlife refuge

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Some migratory whooping cranes from Wisconsin are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama. For the second year in a row, a wild-hatched crane known as W7-17 was the first to arrive on the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) flight southward to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, the International Crane...