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Endangered birds halt Chicago beachfront music festival

Jul. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago beachfront music festival set for August has been cancelled following concerns about its impact on endangered shorebirds. Organizers of Mamby on the Beach say the Aug. 23-24 festival was canceled due to "circumstances beyond our control," including two federally-protected piping...

Audubon counting Maine's loons, which seem to be on mend

Jul. 20, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's time to count the loons. Maine Audubon is holding its annual count of the state's common loons on Saturday. The 2019 Loon Count is a tool that helps conservationists in the state get an idea of how the vulnerable birds are doing. Recently, signs have been good. Maine Audubon...

DNR: Noticeable increase in loon deaths

Jul. 19, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota conservation officials say there's a small, but noticeable increase in loon deaths and the likely cause is West Nile virus. The Department of Natural Resources says the virus was confirmed as the cause of death in two of three loons from northeastern Minnesota earlier this...

Animal rescue group needs help caring for 89 baby birds

Jul. 17, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An animal rescue group is asking for help caring for 89 baby snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons left homeless last week after a tree fell in downtown Oakland. International Bird Rescue said Wednesday it needs donations and volunteers to help feed and care for the baby birds...

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Jul. 17, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had...

Police say bald eagle stolen from NY wildlife refuge

Jul. 16, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

QUOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island are searching for a bald eagle that was stolen from a wildlife refuge. Police say the approximately 35-year-old male bald eagle was removed from its enclosure at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in Quogue sometime early Tuesday morning. Police say the eagle was sent to...

Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife...

Colorado officials kill 1,662 geese to reduce population

Jul. 15, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado authorities rounded up 1,662 geese in an effort to reduce population numbers in city parks and lakes. The Denver Post reported Thursday that a state permit allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to corral and kill up to 2,200 Canada geese each year statewide. A spokeswoman says...

2 king penguin chicks born at Omaha zoo now on display

Jul. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two king penguin chicks that hatched in March are now on display at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The first chick hatched March 14 and now weighs 26 pounds. The second hatched March 16 and weighs 32 pounds. Their genders are not yet known. The chicks will remain in a segregated...

Bald eagles enter "golden age" in the Chesapeake Bay

Jul. 13, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — When it comes to the Chesapeake Bay, the majestic bald eagle has come back from the dead. Driven from historic nesting strongholds like the James River by pesticides in the 1970s, the national bird has become a success story. "We are just in an amazing time right now," said Bryan...