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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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Video: the Aurora Borealis over Scotland

Video: the Aurora Borealis over Scotland

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 7, 2017 0

The northern lights—also known as the aurora borealis—have been around since the Earth formed an atmosphere more than four billion years ago. The dinosaurs saw them, early humans certainly gazed at them, you may

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2017: Warm Fall, Cold Winter. It’s Still Climate Change.

2017: Warm Fall, Cold Winter. It’s Still Climate Change.

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 5, 2017 1

Fall 2017 will officially come to a close in just about two weeks. It was probably one of the warmest falls that you can remember. That’s why it may be hard now, in the

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Creating a New National Park: Possible or Pipe Dream?

Creating a New National Park: Possible or Pipe Dream?

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 28, 2017 3

Today, in the current political climate, with national parks falling into disrepair because of budget cuts and parks and monuments threatened with downsizing, I was astonished to learn about a newly proposed national park.

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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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