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“Cuddlegrams” Give Your Valentine A Visit From A Furry Bundle Of Love!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re looking for a unique gift you know your partner will love, we found it for you! Some shelters give their pets a break from the noisy kennel environment by offering “cuddlegrams” on Valentine’s Day! You can book a sweet cuddle session for your special someone with a […]

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For Chicago Birders, a Christmas Day CBC Is the Perfect Holiday Tradition

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My kids wear Christmas pajamas beneath snow pants and winter coats on December 25th, their legs swishing as we walk along paths that wind through Chicago’s Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary along the lakefront on the city’s North Side. My five-year-old daughter’s new binoculars hang around her neck, a present from Santa, and my three-year-old son […]

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Birding Like It’s 1899: Inside a Blockbuster American West Video Game

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The first time I see ravens, I flush them out of an alpine meadow carpeted with wildflowers. I pause to watch the flock fly off towards the distant, snow-capped peaks, trailed by their echoing croaks, when a man riding by on horseback bumps into me. Irritated, I shoot the man dead, and take his hat. So […]

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A Brief History of Cars Named for Birds

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This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.  190116-a-brief-history-of-cars-named-for-birds.mp3 Transcript: Birds can be sleek, aerodynamic, and powerful—all in one package. Automakers picked up on this early: A cool bird name will sell cars. So far, more than twenty models […]

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Impending Wall Construction Looms Over Bird Count at U.S.-Mexico Border

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MISSION, TEXAS—The Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas is an ecological crossroads unlike anywhere else in the country. Here, Gulf Coast prairies meet South Texas brush country, the Central Flyway meets the Mississippi Flyway, and the United States meets Mexico. Along the Rio Grande’s banks survive the world’s last relicts of subtropical thorn forest, and […]

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Woman Wakes Up To Find Intruder Snuggling With 120 Pound “Guard Dog”

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Lynn Sarver of Waukesha, Wisconsin woke up bright and early on Tuesday ready to begin a New Year. But what began as an ordinary morning took a strange turn when she walked into the living room. There, snuggled up with her 120 pound Mastiff Benton, was a sleeping man! Sarver took a closer look to ensure […]

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EPA Struck Secretive Deal Over Toxic Site Leaving $13 Million in BP’s Pocket

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.dropcap { color: #838078; float: left; font-size: 82px; line-height: 60px; padding: 5px 8px 0 0; } In February, before an invitation-only crowd assembled in near secrecy behind locked gates, Scott Pruitt, then head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, signed over control of one of the nation’s biggest toxic waste sites to the state of […]

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Report on Arctic Drilling’s Environmental Impacts Is Deeply Flawed, Critics Say

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Just over a year ago, Congress passed a tax bill that included a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. The bill required that the first lease sales, when oil and gas companies can lay claim to develop parcels of land, occur within four years—and the Trump administration is moving […]

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Estimated 450 German Shepherds Rescued From Nightmare Hoarding Situation

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Hundreds of German Shepherd dogs are being pulled from an extreme hoarding and puppy mill situation in Southern Georgia. Animal advocate groups in Montgomery County, Georgia have been calling for action against the owner of these properties for some time. They accused the breeder of keeping over 200 dogs in deplorable conditions on her land […]

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What’s Up With the Weird Mouths of These Finch Chicks?

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Peer into the mouth of a hungry African Silverbill, Gouldian Finch, or other Estrildid finch chick, and you’ll see something unexpected, intriguing, and maybe even a little unsettling: strange mouth markings. These marks—such as beaks rimmed with a black lining or glow-in-the-dark beads, and mouth roofs covered in trypophobia-inducing holes—are so disturbing to some that they've inspired comparisons […]

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