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Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

Over the next two months, more than 300 draft and riding horses will be transported by ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Picky Pollinator Finds Maryland Less Positive For Procreation

The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot, and there are only 11 wild colonies left, all in the state's western end.

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Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.
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Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.
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Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.
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Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu

This is the worst outbreak since the H5N2 influenza was first detected in December. The disease has been found in seven other states over the past five months.
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N.Y. Judge Grants Legal Rights To 2 Research Chimps

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe's order Monday grants two research chimps the writ of habeas corpus. The decision, says Science magazine, effectively recognizes chimps as legal persons.
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When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows return to fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.
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Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

People can pick up germs and parasites from their pets, and some of them can be nasty. Health care providers for all species could do a better job of communicating the risks, a study finds.
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Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.

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