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Bird Files: Baby Wood Ducks Drop Like Fuzzy Missiles

Newly hatched Wood Ducks make a daring dive from their nests, which can be as high as a 30-story building. These water foul with unusual child-rearing habits migrate north throughout March and April to return to their summer nesting grounds.

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Birdsong's Her Name, Birding is Her Game

The Allegheny Front's new Bird Files segment features profiles of regional birds as described by area experts. One of those experts has the perfect name for the job—Mary Birdsong.  She's with Erie’s Presque Isle Audubon Society. 

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Song of a Changing Climate: Chickadees Move North

One sign of a changing climate: fuzzy round little Carolina and black-capped chickadees are shifting northward. Villanova biologist Robert Curry has been studying this phenomenon since 1998. One of the places he and students have seen the change is at Hawk Mountain in southeastern Pennsylvania, the world's first sanctuary for birds of prey.

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Bird Files: Diet Lessons from the Chickadee

As well as being cute and fun to watch, birds are an important indicator of ecosystem health, and a changing climate. The Allegheny Front's Bird Files segment begins with a look at the black-capped chickadee, a tiny bird with a surprising appetite. 

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Enter the World of West Virginia Crayfish Research

Crayfish are one of the most endangered animal groups in the country, but recently a scientist at West Liberty University in West Virginia discovered three new species—and says there may be more on the way.

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Snowy Owl Boom: Population of Arctic Birds Soars

Researchers say there are more snowy owls this season than anyone has seen in 50 years.  People have reported seeing thousands of the magnificent Arctic birds, from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all the way to Bermuda.  The question for many people has been, why is it happening?

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Republicans Seek Makeovers for Endangered Species Laws

Endangered species laws nationally and in Pennsylvania are facing makeovers by Republican lawmakers.  At issue are a focus on species recovery and decsion-making power about threatened and endangered species listings.  

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Penn State Professor Robin Becker's Poetry Highlights Dwindling Wildlife

Habitat loss, dwindling wildlife and down-on-their-luck animals figure prominently in Tiger Heron, the latest collection of poems by Penn State professor Robin Becker.  

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Recreating a Breeding Ground for Salamanders

About five years ago, a group of what are known as Jefferson salamanders returned to the pond where they laid eggs each spring. But their breeding site was gone, so the creatures migrated to what seemed like a nice, new wet place. Unfortunately, what they found themselves in was a sewage plant.

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count Tradition Continues

Throughout the holiday season, amateur and professional birdwatchers around the world are staring through binoculars, and cupping their ears like Dumbo the elephant to listen closely for birds. They're taking part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird count. It started on December 14 and ends January 5.

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