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Durkin: Snow brings out the birds
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Until then, December featured spotty bird activity, save for loyal cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees and red-bellied woodpeckers. I assumed the snow-free landscape offered plenty of wild seeds and other natural foods for the finches, juncos and …

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Birds of prey constrained in the beak evolution race
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Lead author of the study, Dr Jen Bright, of the University of Sheffield, said: "Our results show that in birds of prey such as eagles and falcons, the shapes of the skulls change in a predictable way as species increase or decrease in size. The shape …

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Birds at rest: Rehabilitation center nurses animals back to health
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The center has several of these birds, some of which can be released, and others that will have to remain at the center. One young cormorant wound up at the center after an eagle attacked him and dropped him in a tree. A taxi cab driver climbed the …

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Programs offered on Perseid meteor showers, birds, plants at L&C Caverns
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Friday, August 14 – Allison Begley, Avian Conservation Biologist for FWP, will present “Birds of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.” Call the park visitor center for time and location. Saturday, August 15 at 9 a.m. – Take a naturalist walk “Along the …

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Urban birds may be smarter than their country cousins, new study suggests
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A new study suggests that modern cityscapes may be turning birds into better problem solvers. The McGill University research, published recently in Behavioral Ecology, found that city birds studied were different from their rural counterparts in …

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CT Losing Our Birds As Forest Lands Shrink
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Bob Augusta of Simsbury searches for birds on a Hartford Audubon Society bird walk in April. A Connecticut Audubon Society report finds that we are losing an average 2,400 acres of forest to development each year while purchasing or protecting about …

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LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Some water birds move in while others move on
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Migratory movement has been medium to high, and now the ducks and other water birds are moving in, some of them right through the area without stopping. Two small groups of beautiful American Avocets have come through, and it is easily possible to …

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Drone Borrows Bird's Technique For Low Power Flight
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Humans don't need to reinvent the wing to make a better flying machine. Instead, they can just copy a design from nature. Falcon evolution has had millenniums to perfect wing design, while humans have been flying for barely more than a century. So to …

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Winter survival is for the birds
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Second, warm blood flowing through the birds' arteries passes close to cold venous blood returning from the feet. As arterial blood warms up the venous blood the feet are kept cool, and the small amount of tissue in the feet is supplied with just …

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Did you notice fewer birds flew south this winter? Study blames climate change
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Climate change is starting to change the behavior of birds around the world, including some species here in the United States, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers. Warmer temperatures in some northern states are …

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