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Hatch watch is underway at a California bald eagle nest monitored by a popular online camera feed

Feb. 29, 2024 16:06 PM EST

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Hatch watch is underway in Southern California mountains. Three bald eagle chicks could emerge this week from eggs laid in a nest monitored by nature lovers via a popular online camera feed. The mother, Jackie, laid the eggs in late January atop a tree...

A Detroit couple is charged in the death of a man who was mauled by their 3 dogs

Feb. 28, 2024 18:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit couple has been charged with having a dangerous animal causing death after authorities said their three dogs fatally mauled a 35-year-old man. Roy Goodman, 40, was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court, the Wayne County prosecutor's office said. ...

Scientists create new idea on how to hack a warming planet: drying the upper atmosphere

Feb. 28, 2024 14:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists have cooked up a new concept for how to potentially cool an overheating Earth: Fiddle with the upper atmosphere to make it a bit drier. Water vapor — water in its gas form — is a natural greenhouse gas that traps heat, just like carbon...

Our ancient animal ancestors had tails. Why don't we?

Feb. 28, 2024 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Our very ancient animal ancestors had tails. Why don't we? Somewhere around 20 million or 25 million years ago, when apes diverged from monkeys, our branch of the tree of life shed its tail. From Darwin's time, scientists have wondered why — and how — this...

Shooting stuns indigenous whaling village on Alaska's desolate North Slope

Feb. 27, 2024 20:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A shooting that killed two adults and severely wounded two others has stunned a tiny Alaska Native whaling village above the Arctic Circle, where parents were told they could keep their children home from school Tuesday to hug them. A 16-year-old boy has...

Man to plead guilty in 'killing spree' of eagles and other birds for feathers prized by tribes

Feb. 27, 2024 18:39 PM EST

A Washington state man accused of helping kill more than 3,000 birds — including eagles on a Montana Indian reservation — then illegally selling their carcasses and feathers intends to plead guilty to illegal wildlife trafficking and other criminal charges, court documents show. ...

What killed Flaco the owl? New York zoologists testing for toxins, disease as contributing factors

Feb. 25, 2024 14:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s celebrity owl Flaco died from a traumatic impact, zoologists confirmed a day after he reportedly flew into a building, with further testing planned to determine if the Eurasian eagle-owl may have been sick. What happened in Flaco's final hours is...

An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls park, officials say

Feb. 25, 2024 13:13 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park, home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the country’s parks spokesman said. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told...

Death of beloved New York City owl, Flaco, in apparent building collision devastates legions of fans

Feb. 24, 2024 16:08 PM EST

Tributes poured in Saturday for Flaco, the beloved Eurasian eagle-owl that became a feel-good New York story after escaping its Central Park Zoo enclosure and flying free around Manhattan. Flaco was found dead on a New York City sidewalk Friday night after apparently flying into a...

Celebrity owl Flaco dies a year after becoming beloved by New York City for zoo escape

Feb. 24, 2024 00:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Flaco, the Eurasian eagle-owl who escaped from New York City’s Central Park Zoo and became one of the city’s most beloved celebrities as he flew around Manhattan, has died, zoo officials announced Friday. A little over one year after he was freed from his cage...