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Chicago expands protected site for endangered shorebirds

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District is adding about 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of Lake Michigan lakefront to a protected area set aside as nesting ground for an endangered shorebird. The district's move means several sand volleyball courts used at the south end of...

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

4 gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay Area in 9 days

Apr. 09, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four dead gray whales have washed ashore San Francisco Bay Area beaches in the last nine days, with experts saying Friday one was struck by a ship. They were trying to determine how the other three died. “It’s alarming to respond to four dead...

Cicadas will soon invade the state of Maryland

Apr. 09, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

Brood X, a new generation of cicadas, will begin to show up in Maryland in the next few weeks, after a 17-year-long hiatus. These periodical cicadas — cicadas that emerge every 17 years — are only found along the eastern half of the United States, according to...

Officials: Yellowstone-area grizzly bear deaths up from 2019

Apr. 09, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana state report made public this week showed that grizzly bear deaths in parts of Yellowstone National Park increased last year and were higher than the 10-year average, wildlife officials said. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear...

Old Outer Banks bridge to become fishing pier by summer

Apr. 09, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

OREGON INLET, N.C. (AP) — What's left of an old Outer Banks bridge in North Carolina will soon be a fishing pier with no entry charge. The Virginian-Pilot reported this week that the 1,000-foot-long structure stretches over the rapid flowing currents of the Oregon...

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

Apr. 08, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge from a grassy valley. A string of U.S. officials has heard from...

BP spill rescue pelican returns from Georgia to Louisiana

Apr. 08, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A pelican rescued from the 2010 oil spill, cleaned of oil and released in Georgia has returned 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) to an island restored last year for pelicans and other seabirds. It was among 5,000 oil-covered birds collected in...

Monkey business: 2 dozen monkeys escape German zoo for a day

Apr. 08, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — About two dozen monkeys broke out of a southwestern German zoo and spent the day lolling in the sun near a forest before being recaptured, authorities said Thursday. The Barbary macaques, commonly known as Barbary apes, escaped from the zoo in Loeffingen,...

Police probe reports of monkeys on loose in Ohio cemetery

Apr. 08, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police and animal authorities in Cincinnati were on the lookout Thursday for monkeys reportedly last seen swinging in trees in a cemetery. After being unable to spot any monkeys Wednesday night or Thursday morning, police expressed some speculation...