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    By Molly Burke The Denver Post U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors confirmed the first case of avian flu in a backyard chicken flock in Colorado on Saturday. The highly pathogenic avian influenza, known as HPAI, was detected in a non-commercial flock in Pitkin County, accord...
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  By Jason Bittel © The New York Times Co. In 1890, a mustachioed eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin released a few dozen European starlings into New York City. His supposed goal? Introduce all the bird species mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays to America. More than a century later, ...
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  By John Wenzel The Denver Post Denver Zoo on Wednesday launched an emergency fundraising drive to raise money for zoos in Ukraine that have been devastated by the country’s brutal, ongoing invasion by Russian forces. “I’ve seen the reports that many of the zookeepers in Ukraine are sleepi...
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birds By Sarah Kuta Special to The Denver Post I am cruising the gravel roads just south of Interstate 80 in Nebraska with my parents when suddenly I spot them: a mass of leggy grey birds with dark red foreheads standing among the short rows of harvested corn. My dad, who graciously agreed to cha...
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  By Annie Roth © The New York Times Co. In March 2019, scientists studying whales near southwestern Australia stumbled on a supersize spectacle that few had seen before — a pod of orcas viciously attacking a blue whale. Over a dozen orcas surrounded the mighty animal. They had bitten off i...
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Five hundred meters below the ice covering Antarctica’s Weddell Sea sits the world’s largest known colony of breeding fish, a new study finds. An estimated 60 million active nests of a type of icefish stretch across at least 240 square kilometers, nearly the size of Orlando, Fla. Many fish create n...
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By Elizabeth Preston © The New York Times Co. It’s a well-known fact among entomologists that whoever named the millipede was being a touch dramatic. The name means “thousand-footed,” but no millipede has 1,000 feet. At least, that was true until now. A discovery deep below the surface of Austra...
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  By Livia Albeck-Ripka © The New York Times Co. PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF. » On a recent Sunday, I found myself among a crowd of hushed humans in a eucalyptus grove near Monterey, our necks craned toward the tree canopy. Above us, thousands of Western monarch butterflies were clustered on branc...
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    By Sabrina Imbler © The New York Times Co. The male Bornean rock frog cannot scream over the sound of a waterfall. Instead, he threatens other frogs with his feet. The frog intimidates his male competitors with a can-can-like gesture: kicking his leg up into the air, fully extendin...
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    By Maria Cramer © The New York Times Co. About 50 days after the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands erupted in September, unleashing lava flows and destroying homes, churches and stores, a beekeeper returned to one of the devastated villages to see what the volcano had done...
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  By Asher Elbein © The New York Times Co. The southern cassowary is often called the world’s most dangerous bird. While shy and secretive in the forests of its native New Guinea and Northern Australia, it can be aggressive in captivity. In 2019, kicks from a captive cassowary mortally woun...
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By Cara Giaimo © The New York Times Co. Adult paper wasps are capable builders, painstakingly mouth-crafting nests out of plant matter and spit. But they start out as larvae that carry out construction projects of their own. Just before these youngsters begin a metamorphosis into maturity, most p...
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Black fur, white stripes, foul smelling liquid — everybody can identify the striped skunk. But did you know these malodorous mammals have smaller cousins marked by black and white blots? They’re the spotted skunks, and they do something the stripeys can’t. Spotted skunks perform a spread-eagled han...
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    By Philip Marcelo The Associated Press BOSTON » When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrate...
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  Colorado has launched a four-year study of bald eagles to determine how the raptors have adapted to population growth along the metropolitan Front Range and identify planning measures that could ensure the bird’s future. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the study, involving biologists and v...
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  By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press The coelacanth — a giant weird fish still around from dinosaur times — can live for 100 years, a new study found. These slow-moving, people-sized fish of the deep, nicknamed a “living fossil,” are the opposite of the live-fast, die-young mantra. The...
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In 2019 Audubon’s Survival by Degrees report sounded a stark warning: Without meaningful action to mitigate the impacts of climate change, two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction. This Natural Climate Solutions Report provides a scientific framework to help us address thi...
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    By Shelly Bradbury The Denver Post and © The New York Times Co. Despite federal protections, wild horses across the West are ending up in slaughterhouses under a new Bureau of Land Management adoption program, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Dist...
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NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES ARE SHRINKING One of the giants of the deep is shrinking before our eyes, a new study says. The younger generation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on average about three feet shorter than whales were 20 years, drone and aircraft data show in...
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By Emma Bubola © The New York Times Co. ROME » It seemed like just another violation of coronavirus social-distance restrictions when Italian police broke up a luncheon of about 20 people last week near the northern city of Brescia. But then they stumbled onto an illegal massacre on the...
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