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Birders See Snowy Owl Farther South

Melissa Block interviews Jim McCormac, a biologist with Ohio's Division of Wildlife, about why snowy owls are being sighted farther south in the United States than in previous years. He says most years, there are two to four of them sighted, but there have already been 15 sighted in Ohio since mid-December. He talks about his theory of why this is happening.
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FAA Rules May Interrupt Endangered Crane Migration

Operation Migration uses ultralight planes to guide whooping cranes in migration from Wisconsin to their winter home in Florida. But a Federal Aviation Administration investigation has grounded a flock of whooping cranes and an ultralight guiding plane.
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Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.
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Dog Trained As Ultimate Whale Pooper Snooper

Scientists aren't sure what's wrong with the orcas in Puget Sound, but they're hot on the trail. A team of researchers is relying on a secret weapon with a killer nose to sniff out the mystery.
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Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites?

The honey bee population of North America is declining and new research may help answer why. It shows the bees can become hosts of a fly parasite, which causes them to become disoriented and leave their nests. Scott Simon talks with San Francisco State University's Andrew Core, who authored the study.
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Why Overpriced Japanese Sushi Is Bad For Bluefin Stocks

A Japanese sushi magnate paid $736,000 this week for one 593-pound bluefin tuna, the highest amount ever paid for a single fish. But environmentalists say this extravagant sale may encourage fishermen to continue to exceed set quotas for catching bluefin.
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Mystery Solved: Why The Cat Craves Mushrooms (And People Do, Too)

Why would a cat crave mushrooms? A scientist says it's the umami. Though cats can't taste sweetness like people can, they are aces at sniffing out the amino acids that signal protein-rich foods.

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