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Stab It With A Dinglehopper! Seagull Goes After Eagle In Alaska

After the raptor snagged a fellow seagull, it had to fend off others of the species to keep its meal.
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Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds

The health agency says kissing and cuddling chickens could be contributing to outbreaks of salmonella. But backyard chicken owners aren't about to lay off the birds.
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Florida Sea Turtles Stage Amazing Comeback

When scientists first started counting the nests of green sea turtles in one area in the 1980s, they found fewer than 40 nests. In their last check, they counted almost 12,000.
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Shark Attacks Still Haunt Residents Of Reunion

Four years after a spike in shark attacks at the French island of Reunion, residents are looking for ways to restore their sense of safety. This story originally aired May 25 on All Things Considered.
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Turning To Owls To Figure Out How To Reduce Noise On Wind Farms

One of the big knocks against wind farms is the sheer amount of noise they make, but researchers at Virginia Tech have devised an innovative fix by looking at the stealthy flight of owls.

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For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

All the recent rain in Texas is great for insects — including the terrifying tarantula hawk. It's a big, nasty wasp that doesn't just sting tarantulas ... it turns them into food for its offspring.
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Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

Did Beethoven cop from a warbler? Did Mozart plagiarize a starling? NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about these musical mysteries.
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Kathmandu Is Cowed By Abandoned Cattle

In the post-earthquake chaos, farmers are turning loose old cows and baby bulls. The city doesn't have the resources to deal with the wandering bovines.
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Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.
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Maryland's Ash Trees At The Mercy Of Invasive Asian Beetle

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle native to China, has made its way to Maryland's Eastern Shore. The pest already has killed millions of ash trees across North America.

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