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143 roosters euthanized after California cockfighting bust

Aug. 08, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities broke up a large cockfighting event over the weekend and said they were forced to euthanize nearly 150 roosters found at a Southern California home, animal control and sheriff's department officials said. Deputies late Friday discovered about...

Jet boat operator encounters obstacles but continues forward

Aug. 07, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Bobby Bower bought New River Jet Boats at a time that would turn out to be what he termed “the perfect storm of a bad time to start a business.” “It was early 2020, just before COVID hit,” he recalled as he sat in the shade at the shoreline passenger...

Chainsaw carver showcases artwork at state fair

Aug. 06, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — It’s obvious that Josh Miller has become a master at his craft when the lead singer of one of the headlining bands at the Delaware State Fair made a point of going out of his way to see one of his chainsaw carvings. Such was the case at the fair last month...

What's a garden without birds? Create habitat so they thrive

Aug. 02, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

As I write this, I can hear a cardinal trilling in the backyard. I don’t have to look out the open window to confirm the source of the sounds that come through it; I’ve come to recognize the songs and their singers. I know it’s the mourning dove whose cooing wakes me in the morning and the...

As species recover, some threaten others in more dire shape

Aug. 01, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In a forest near Lake Michigan, two scientists attached a backpack tracking device to a merlin they'd lured into a net. The mission: help prevent the predatory species from gobbling up piping plovers — highly endangered shorebirds that nest nearby. ...

As species recover, some threaten others in more dire shape

Aug. 01, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Concealed behind trees near Lake Michigan, two scientists remotely manipulated a robotic owl on the forest floor. As the intruder flapped its wings and hooted, a merlin guarding its nest in a nearby pine sounded distress calls. The small falcon dove toward...

Annual Hummingbird Festival set at Land Between the Lakes

Aug. 01, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — It's that time of year when hummingbirds begin to move south, and the Friends of Land Between the Lake is hosting its annual Hummingbird Festival this weekend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Woodlands Nature Station....

Birds of prey find unlikely home in mall parking lot

Jul. 31, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Fresh seafood is on special this summer at the Westfield Annapolis Mall. As many shoppers and diners have noticed in recent weeks, a pair of osprey are raising a chick on a lighting fixture outside the former Macaroni Grill, near the intersection of Generals...

Climate change and vanishing islands threaten brown pelicans

Jul. 27, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — Sliding off the side of her small boat, seabird biologist Bonnie Slaton wades through waist-high water, brown pelicans soaring overhead, until she reaches the shores of Raccoon Island. During seabird breeding season, the place is a raucous symphony of noise and...

Polish institute classifies cats as alien invasive species

Jul. 26, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A respected Polish scientific institute has classified domestic cats as an “invasive alien species,” citing the damage they cause to birds and other wildlife. Some cat lovers have reacted emotionally to this month's decision and put the key scientist...