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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 1

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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Whooping Crane Recovery a Victim of Federal Budget Cuts

Whooping Crane Recovery a Victim of Federal Budget Cuts

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 14, 2017 0

After more than 50 years, the largest captive-breeding-and-release program for whooping cranes is closing. Housed at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, the $1.5 million program was cut from

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Halloween Video: the Silent Flight of Owls

Halloween Video: the Silent Flight of Owls

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 31, 2017 4

Halloween and owls have a long and storied history with each other. It’s thought that the connection may have been forged around ancient Halloween bonfires. As nocturnal hunters of bats, owls would often be

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