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FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a bird flies among wind turbines near King City, Mo. The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

Mar. 31, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit's acidic,...

FILE - This March 1, 2010, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a greater sage grouse male strutting to attract a mate at a lek, or mating ground, near Bridgeport, Calif. Two years after a U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its refusal to protect sage grouse populations along the California-Nevada line, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again decided against listing the bi-state grouse as threatened or endangered. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Feds refuse again to list bi-state grouse along state line

Mar. 30, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two years after a U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its refusal to protect sage grouse populations along the California-Nevada line, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again decided against listing the bi-state grouse as threatened or endangered. The bi-state...

Evidence debunks myth that Ponce de Leon discovered Florida

Mar. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Of all the outlandish myths about Florida’s outlandish history, one of the most stubborn holds that Ponce de Leon discovered it in 1513 when he was searching for the Fountain of Youth. But evidence compiled by a Florida Keys map collector, a South Florida archaeologist and a Naples...

Sue Zelek, rear, leads a bird watching hike last month at Thorn Creek Nature Center in Park Forest, Ill. Zelek, of Steger, Ill., is a master birder who teaches programs in the area on bird identification and a naturalist who helps get people into and understand nature. She was set to lead a “Woodcock Watch” at Governor’s State University until nearly every event that involves gathered people was canceled. (Paul Eisenberg/Chicago Tribune via AP)

In uncertain times, quest for birds offers an escape

Mar. 26, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PARK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As people everywhere prepared to hunker down for what could be an extended period, Sue Zelek couldn’t wait to get outside. She wasn’t eager to get to the store to stock up on toilet paper or cleaning supplies. For her, life is looking up. Literally. She’s...

Agency drafts conservation plan to protect Hawaii seabirds

Mar. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the first draft of a plan to protect threatened and endangered bird species on Kauai. The Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan outlines steps being taken to minimize light pollution and other dangers to seabirds on the island, The...

Whooping crane sightings to increase in North Dakota

Mar. 23, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State wildlife officials say sightings of whooping cranes are expected to increase in North Dakota over the next several weeks. The endangered birds are in the midst of their spring migration. The whooping cranes that make their way through North Dakota each spring are part of a...

Teton Raptor Center scientist has brain and heart for birds

Mar. 22, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — In every single image on his Facebook profile, Bryan Bedrosian shares the frame with a bird. The photographs find him posing behind the outstretched wings of an eagle, clutching a raven by its tail feathers, cradling an owl in both arms. The man loves his avians. For nearly two decades...

2019 a good hunting season for deer, bear spring turkey

Mar. 21, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Last year's deer, bear and spring turkey hunting seasons ended with strong results in New Hampshire, the state Fish and Game Department said. The deer season resulted in a total harvest of 12,306 deer. Of that, the adult buck kill of 7,870 deer was the second largest in the state...

This 2017 photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows the Eastern Black Rail. The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Thursday, March 19, 2020, for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act. (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Lawsuit to protect bird nicknamed feathered mouse

Mar. 21, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmentalists have sued the Trump administration for failing to follow through on a proposal made two years ago to protect a small, elusive marsh bird nicknamed the “feathered mouse." “The eastern black rail stands on the brink of extinction,” said the lawsuit...

Eat-Rite Diner's Sarah Williams had cooked for only two take-out customers by nightfall in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Elective procedures at St. Louis-area hospitals put on hold

Mar. 19, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hospitals in the St. Louis area are cancelling all elective procedures starting Monday in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Several hospital systems, including BJC HealthCare, SSM Health, Mercy and St. Luke's, announced the suspension of elective procedures on...