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Video: Starling Shapes in the Sky

Video: Starling Shapes in the Sky

Candice Gaukel Andrews January 18, 2018 2

European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are now common birds in the United States; and sometimes, as they say, familiarity breeds contempt. Loud, boisterous and ballsy, the birds are known to eat through crops, monopolize feeders

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Video: The Reverence of Zion National Park

Video: The Reverence of Zion National Park

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 21, 2017 2

It was love at first sight when I met Utah’s Zion National Park. With its massive, rock behemoths and soothing-sounding, dripping-water canyons that sprout green ferns seemingly out of solid stone, it is one of

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“Bird Years” and the Year of the Bird, 2018

“Bird Years” and the Year of the Bird, 2018

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 19, 2017 0

Wildlife science has many measurements; for example, “carrying capacity,” “depredations” or “translocations.” But there’s a new scale I recently came across: “bird years lost.” A bird year is a quantity devised by ornithologist Daniel

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106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 12, 2017 1

For a food that has been around at least since the Middle Ages, fruitcakes certainly have their share of detractors. The long list of jokes about fruitcakes—a rich dessert containing dried or candied fruits, nuts

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Turkeys: Smart and—Perhaps—Beautiful Birds

Turkeys: Smart and—Perhaps—Beautiful Birds

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 23, 2017 0

Despite what you may have learned in elementary school, there were probably no turkeys at the first Thanksgiving. The written menu listed fowl, but this most likely meant ducks, goose, grouse, passenger pigeons, swans—or

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Videos: Whooping Cranes and a Bold Experiment

Videos: Whooping Cranes and a Bold Experiment

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 16, 2017 0

In 1942, there were only 22 whooping cranes left alive in the world. Their habitats were vanishing, and they had been hunted almost to extinction. If we were to keep them from blinking out,

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