JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They’re only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. Their tall white parents bugle alarm at an ATV and people across the pond, and all four cranes move farther away.
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NEW YORK — Talk about a paleo diet. Scientists have uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps.
The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as Oetzi the Iceman, offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said.
STOWE, Vt. — The grey trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green, with the crowns of red spruce peeking out of the canopy and saplings thriving below.
A main reason, scientists say, is a government-enforced reduction in the kind of air pollution that triggers acid rain.
FENWICK ISLAND, Del. — A loggerhead sea turtle has laid eggs in Delaware and officials say it’s a rare event for the state.
To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centres, and then free them to hunt.
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring.
GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique — The African wild dogs are back.
WASHINGTON — You don’t just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the western edge of the Florida Everglades sits 4 square miles (10 square kilometres) of gator-infested swampland, and a private firm is making big money selling it off.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months.
The International Space Station’s commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the job after struggling with a balky shield for protection against space debris. They accomplished everything, but a small item managed to slip away.