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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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SUU football: T-Birds scoop and score their way to win over Cal Poly
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Despite letting four players eclipse the 100 yard mark rushing and allowing 582 yards of total offense, the T-Birds walked out of Eccles Coliseum with a 54-37 victory over Cal Poly. With the victory SUU improves to 6-2 on the season, and 5-0 in the Big …

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Jeff Lowenfels: Why birds matter more to your garden than you think
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Many people don't believe me when I tell them that birds are a big part of the soil food web and hence gardening. I know: It sounds counterintuitive, as our feathered friends are not soil dwellers. Nonetheless, they have an important role in gardening …

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Nashville center helps birds of prey in trouble
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Because of that, the center is housing and caring for 70 birds of prey. About 40 of those birds are considered patients and 30 are “resident” birds that will never be released back into the wild. Reynolds said the center has housed more than 90 birds …

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Quiet winter riversides may still be full of birds
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In the summer, the air around California's Central Valley rivers and streams is lively with birds flapping and chirping. Although these riparian areas go quiet in the winter, it's not true that the birds are gone. It turns out that while many birds …

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Australia plan to protect 'long-haul' birds
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"There is a growing need to reduce the threats to their habitat," he said, adding that this was critical for the birds' continued survival. Australia's coastal and freshwater wetlands are a resting and feeding zone for the migratory shorebirds—with …

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Study: Prehistoric birds could fly high
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Analysis of an exceptionally well-preserved bird wing fossil suggests at least some ancient bird species were capable of the kinds of aerial maneuvers modern flyers perform. In other words, prehistoric birds could ascend to considerable heights, and …

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