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Conservation groups ask judge to halt Trump drilling plan

Apr. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho...

Kansas patrol: Army vet, wife killed in crash with vulture

Apr. 22, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed an Army veteran and his wife as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...

Eaglet welcomed as new addition at Dollywood

Apr. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood has welcomed a fluffy addition to the amusement park — an eaglet. Media outlets report the eaglet hatched Wednesday. The eaglet is part of the park's Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000-square-foot aviary. The park has a live cam labeled "Grant...

Trio of eagles caring for eaglets in Mississippi River nest

Apr. 15, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A nontraditional family of bald eagles is caring for three eaglets that hatched this spring in a nest along the Mississippi River near Fulton, Illinois. A webcam is allowing fans around the world to watch the interactions of the trio — two males and a female. Stewards of the...

Victim didn't have permit for large, flightless bird

Apr. 15, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida breeder who was fatally attacked by a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea did not have a permit to own the animal. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker confirmed Monday that 75-year-old Marvin Hajos...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Apr. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday. Wearing a GPS unit like a backpack, the adult,...

2 bald eagle eggs hatch in California mountains

Apr. 15, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Two bald eagle eggs have hatched in a California nest watched by nature lovers via an online live feed . The first fluffy gray chick made its on-camera debut when it poked its head out of its shell Sunday near Big Bear Lake east of Los Angeles. The second emerged Monday, said...

Celeb or stranger? Study weighs Americans' interest in birds

Apr. 15, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Whooping cranes, common ravens and peregrine falcons are among the celebrities of the sky in the eyes of Americans, even those who've never laid eyes them. The ruffed grouse or purple martin? They're like friends you might chat with. The wrentit and the Abert's towhee are like the neighbors...

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Apr. 13, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents...