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Much-loved migratory birds are winging back to the isles
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I am so excited that I had to tell someone,” emailed my neighbor Joanne. “My kolea is back!” This message was one of several I received last week reporting sightings of Hawaii's much-loved migratory shorebird, the Pacific golden plover, or kolea in …

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Birds Figured Out How to Cure Malaria a Long Time Ago
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In 1998, scientists in India noticed that when an outbreak of malaria flared up, these birds would both eat and line their nests with the greenery from the flower tree. When the scientists stripped the nests of the herb, the sparrows quickly replaced …

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Birds do it: Sex with multiple partners is in nature
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The demise of this Disney-fied view of bird life began several decades ago when scientists, suspecting that there might be more to the family life of birds than meets the eye, vasectomized some male blackbirds only to discover that their supposedly …

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These FDNY firefighters save birds when not saving people
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Charlie Roberto and Firefighter Bobby Horvath spend countless hours of their off-duty lives educating people about wildlife and saving critters in distress. Roberto, 59, is a self-taught naturalist who can identify over 500 species of birds on sight …

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Wild birds in Brazilian state of Amazonas being illegally traded for food and …
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Wild birds in the state of Amazonas in Brazil are being trafficked for food and pet trade, according to a new study published today in Mongabay's open-access journal, Tropical Conservation Science. Researchers found that between 1992 and 2011, the …

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Web Extra: Arkansas Kids Investigate Birds, Climate Change
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Little Rock Audubon Center recently enlisted the help of 19 local students to create a video newscast about how climate change is affecting birds. The video (watch below), produced by filmmaker Gabe Gentry, is part of the center …

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The Brilliance of the Birds
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What are the most intelligent creatures on the planet? Humans come first. (Though there are days when we have to wonder.) After Homo sapiens, most people might answer chimpanzees, and then maybe dogs and dolphins. But what of birds? The science …

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Outdoors: Birds need winter water
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As winters grips the land, animals are faced with iced-over lakes, ponds and streams, making it hard to find a life-giving drink, especially for birds. Unfrozen water can be as hard to find, or maybe harder, than food during the winter. Many people …

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Eagles Vs Drones: Dutch Police Eye Birds to Prey on Drones
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It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky. Police are working with a Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to catch drones to …

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For the birds: bald cardinals are a temporary summer phenomenon
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Dick noted that some of these beloved backyard birds "are bald as buzzards!" He concluded his email by asking if anyone else had mentioned the strange phenomenon of bald cardinals. In addition, Gail Adler of Johnson City, Tennessee, sent me a message …

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