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Study looks at decades of bald eagle deaths in Michigan

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A study of more than 30 years of data on bald eagles in Michigan shows the leading causes of death for the iconic national bird are being hit by cars and lead poisoning. The study was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of...

100th wildlife management area established in Vermont

Aug. 9, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has established its 100th Wildlife Management Area. The 526-acre property in Shrewsbury is “a key parcel in a strategic, state-significant wildlife corridor, connecting state land to the north with federal and privately conserved...

Special September hunts will target Alpena's nuisance geese

Aug. 8, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A community in the northern Lower Peninsula has approved three hunts in September to target local populations of nuisance geese. Alpena's city council voted Monday in favor of the special hunts to reduce the number of geese, which are aggressive toward people and spoil parks and...

Bucks birding groups discuss diversity and inclusion

Aug. 8, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) — The female belted kingfisher had paused on top of a cattail, its blue plumage and regal crest of feathers as striking as its calls. Tykee James was riveted. “I realized, ‘there’s something happening there,’” said James. “There can be a strong...

Valley Creek flows through Afton, Minn., Friday, July 31, 2020. David Pergande, a retired Minneapolis firefighter, helped get a 31-acre parcel of land -- and the stream that runs though it -- protected from further development. A public park will be developed on the site as a joint venture between the Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Washington County. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Lower St. Croix Valley man helps spur creation of new park

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — David Pergande was biking on Washington County 18 last fall when he noticed a prime piece of real estate for sale just north of Afton’s Old Village. The nearly $1 million property — 31 acres in all — is home to part of the Valley Creek trout stream, wetlands, a...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 photo provided by Salins de Camargue, flamingo experts surroung babies pink flamingos in Aigues-Mortes, the Camargue region, southern France, to gather and put bands on baby birds so scientists can track their migration. The numbers of pink flamingos may be the highest since experts began keeping records 45 years ago, said Thierry Marmol, guardian of the lands. France's two months of strict confinement may well be the reason. (Fabrice Pavanello, Salins de Camargue via AP)

Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

Aug. 7, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage. The long-legged birds resembling ballerinas in tutus have long drawn tourists to the marshes in the Camargue region...

Animal rights group: Feds should probe cockfighting breeders

Aug. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An animal rights group is calling for a tougher enforcement of cockfighting breeders, alleging some in Kentucky are illegally shipping birds overseas. The group Animal Wellness Action held an online news briefing Thursday alongside Chris Gorman, a former Kentucky attorney general,...

Markings points to a patch of penguin guano on an image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission Aug. 26, 2019. British scientists say they've confirmed that there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey used satellite images to spot tell-tale evidence of bird droppings. (Copernicus Sentinel-2/ESA via AP)

Poop scoop: Satellite images reveal Antarctic penguin haunts

Aug. 5, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — British scientists say there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought based on evidence of bird droppings spotted from space. A study published Wednesday by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey counted 61 emperor penguin colonies dotted around the...

Fire burns over 11,000 acres along Utah-Arizona border

Aug. 4, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A fire burning along the Utah-Arizona border grew over the weekend, burning more than 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) of grass, brush and woodland habitat, officials said. The Bureau of Land Management offices in Utah and Arizona reported that one house and four outbuildings were...

Crews rescue ostrich injured in fall into Illinois ravine

Aug. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) — An ostrich that escaped from a southwestern Illinois farm was rescued after the 300-pound (136-kilogram) bird fell into a ravine and was injured, fire officials said. A veterinarian tranquilized the ostrich before four members of a fire rescue crew entered the ravine near O'Fallon and...