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Climate change possible cause of bird species decline

LAS VEGAS — Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said.

The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 per cent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific.

Nan Hauser said she didn’t understand the actions of the 25-ton whale that she met face-to-face in the Cook Islands. Then she saw the shark.

She’s heard on a video telling the massive mammal, “I love you!”