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Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...

In this June 2017 photo taken in the ACE Basin region of South Carolina and provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, a male black rail offers an insect to a female as part of their courtship behaviors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms with climate change.  (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

Oct. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms...

In this photo released by the Haverhill Police Department, an emu walks on a neighborhood street on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. An animal control officer with the assistance of patrol officers safely corralled the big bird. (Haverhill Police Department via AP)

Authorities use pear to entice, capture escaped emu

Oct. 1, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An emu that was spotted roaming the streets of a city near Boston was corralled by authorities in Massachusetts. The emu was reported Wednesday morning in Haverhill, about 35 miles north of Boston, and was captured two hours later. The Eagle-Tribune reported that the emu named Kermit,...

This photo taken on Saturday Sept. 26, 2020 and issued by Lincolnshire Wildlife Park shows an African grey parrot at Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre in Friskney, England, one of five  who were separated as keepers say they were encouraging each other to swear. Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre’s colony of 200 grey parrots in August, and soon revealed a penchant for blue language. (Steve Nichols/Lincolnshire Wildlife Park via AP)

Gray parrots separated at zoo after swearing a blue streak

Sep. 30, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British zoo has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear. Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre’s colony of 200 gray parrots in August, and soon revealed a penchant for blue language. “We...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

The veterinarian and environmentalist Grecia Marquis feeds a spectacled owl who when if fell from a tree a month ago was dehydrated and skinny, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Marquis, founder of Feathers and Tails in Freedom, said that the rescue of wild animals in the capital

Venezuelans care for animals injured during pandemic

Sep. 22, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Shut in by quarantine measures for the new coronavirus, Carmen Borges shares her small apartment in Caracas with her hustand, two daughters and, of late, a squirrel pup rescued by a neighbor. The animal scurries across the kitchen floor and sleeps on the balcony in a nest...

This image released by HBO Max shows author and illustrator Mo Willems, standing, in “Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!” The special was filmed last year at the Kennedy Center and features comedy inspired by Willems’ books for children. (HBO Max via AP)

Uninvited Pigeon invades author Mo Willems' TV special

Sep. 12, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo Willems is very serious about the importance of being silly. That’s apparent to the children and adults tickled by “There Is a Bird on Your Head!” or “We Are in a Book!” or any of the author and illustrator's other much-loved works. But the former...

Tiny songbird that vanished from Missouri returns to state

Sep. 12, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri wildlife officials are hoping a tiny songbird that disappeared from the state a century ago will stay in a new habitat in the Mark Twain National Forest. The Missouri Department of Conservation and other wildlife agencies released 50 brown-headed nuthatch birds in the...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of 2020, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

Aug. 31, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. “We’re working hard to have this done by the end of the year and...

This image released by BBC Studios/BBC America shows a flamingo colony in the Andes in a scene from  “Planet Earth: A Celebration.” The one-hour special pulls together sequences from “Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II” with a new narration from David Attenborough and a reworked score by Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea. It premieres on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/7p.m. CT across BBC AMERICA, AMC, SundanceTV and IFC. (Justin Anderson/BBC Studios/BBC America via AP)

Composing for flamingos: Duo pens score for nature special

Aug. 31, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who composed the music to “The Lion King” is just as comfortable with real lions, too. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer scores such stunning nature sequences as goofy flamingos on parade and lions hunting in the Namib desert for “Planet Earth: A...