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Rare Irruption Of Snowy Owls In Maryland Captivates Scientists

Snowy Owls are migrating south from the Arctic and an unprecedented number have been seen on the coast in Maryland and Delaware.

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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.
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Should Virginia Chicken Owners Be Able To Kill Dogs That Attack Their Flock?

Virginia law allows chicken owners to shoot dogs chasing or killing their flock on sight — but with backyard hens becoming more common, one legislator wants to give localities the option to change that law.

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When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

A drop in the numbers of fierce beasts worldwide might seem like good news for deer and antelope. But expanding herds of grass-eaters leave stream banks naked and vulnerable to erosion, and can even change the stream's course, according to scientists calling for more protection of large predators.
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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

Two-dozen endangered horses were brought to an unfenced area of western Spain that's believed to have once been native territory for them.
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No Polar Vortex For Brazil, Instead Sizzling Heat

Zookeepers in Rio brought in icy treats to help the animals "beat the heat" that reached 120 degrees. Primates cooled off with strawberry and mango popsicles. The big cats got icy blocks of meat.
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Whales, Dolphins Are Collateral Damage In Our Taste For Seafood

More than 80 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. now comes from abroad. And fishermen in other parts of the world continue to kill not just dolphins but seals and even whales. So conservation groups are calling for tougher import rules to protect sea animals at risk from fishing.
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Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.
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Great Lakes Solution To Asian Carp Issue Would Be Costly

The invasive species of fish has already taken over parts of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. There are fears it could decimate native fisheries in the Great Lakes. A new report detailing options for keeping Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes indicates it would be costly and could take decades.
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Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals. Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.

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