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Why cross-border animal treatment standards are constitutional By Krista Kafer Columnist for The Denver Post Search online images for “sow in gestation crate” to see the abject misery of an animal confined to a pen, typically 7 feet by 2 feet in size. These pens confine gestating sows for the du...
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While you sleep, millions of birds will migrate over Colorado By John Meyer The Denver Post While you slept one night this week, more than 30 million migratory birds flew over Colorado, almost five times the number that were aloft the night before, at an average speed of 28 mph and an average alt...
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Inside the Colorado-based campaign to save insects from extinction By Bruce Finley The Denver Post ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK » At a high alpine lake here, researchers with clipboards and pens are conducting painstaking surveys that may be essential for saving butterflies and other insects from ...
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By Nicholas Bakalar © The New York Times Co. Chimpanzees design and use tools. That is well known. But is it possible that they also use medicines to treat their own and others’ injuries? A new report suggests they do. Since 2005, researchers have been studying a community of 45 chimpanzees in th...
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By Brittany Peterson and Suman Naishadham The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE » On a recent, scorching afternoon in the city, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren’t thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many ...
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    By Molly Burke The Denver Post U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors confirmed the first case of avian flu in a backyard chicken flock in Colorado on Saturday. The highly pathogenic avian influenza, known as HPAI, was detected in a non-commercial flock in Pitkin County, accord...
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  By Jason Bittel © The New York Times Co. In 1890, a mustachioed eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin released a few dozen European starlings into New York City. His supposed goal? Introduce all the bird species mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays to America. More than a century later, ...
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  By John Wenzel The Denver Post Denver Zoo on Wednesday launched an emergency fundraising drive to raise money for zoos in Ukraine that have been devastated by the country’s brutal, ongoing invasion by Russian forces. “I’ve seen the reports that many of the zookeepers in Ukraine are sleepi...
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birds By Sarah Kuta Special to The Denver Post I am cruising the gravel roads just south of Interstate 80 in Nebraska with my parents when suddenly I spot them: a mass of leggy grey birds with dark red foreheads standing among the short rows of harvested corn. My dad, who graciously agreed to cha...
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  By Annie Roth © The New York Times Co. In March 2019, scientists studying whales near southwestern Australia stumbled on a supersize spectacle that few had seen before — a pod of orcas viciously attacking a blue whale. Over a dozen orcas surrounded the mighty animal. They had bitten off i...
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Five hundred meters below the ice covering Antarctica’s Weddell Sea sits the world’s largest known colony of breeding fish, a new study finds. An estimated 60 million active nests of a type of icefish stretch across at least 240 square kilometers, nearly the size of Orlando, Fla. Many fish create n...
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By Elizabeth Preston © The New York Times Co. It’s a well-known fact among entomologists that whoever named the millipede was being a touch dramatic. The name means “thousand-footed,” but no millipede has 1,000 feet. At least, that was true until now. A discovery deep below the surface of Austra...
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  By Livia Albeck-Ripka © The New York Times Co. PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF. » On a recent Sunday, I found myself among a crowd of hushed humans in a eucalyptus grove near Monterey, our necks craned toward the tree canopy. Above us, thousands of Western monarch butterflies were clustered on branc...
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    By Sabrina Imbler © The New York Times Co. The male Bornean rock frog cannot scream over the sound of a waterfall. Instead, he threatens other frogs with his feet. The frog intimidates his male competitors with a can-can-like gesture: kicking his leg up into the air, fully extendin...
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    By Maria Cramer © The New York Times Co. About 50 days after the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands erupted in September, unleashing lava flows and destroying homes, churches and stores, a beekeeper returned to one of the devastated villages to see what the volcano had done...
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  By Asher Elbein © The New York Times Co. The southern cassowary is often called the world’s most dangerous bird. While shy and secretive in the forests of its native New Guinea and Northern Australia, it can be aggressive in captivity. In 2019, kicks from a captive cassowary mortally woun...
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By Cara Giaimo © The New York Times Co. Adult paper wasps are capable builders, painstakingly mouth-crafting nests out of plant matter and spit. But they start out as larvae that carry out construction projects of their own. Just before these youngsters begin a metamorphosis into maturity, most p...
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Black fur, white stripes, foul smelling liquid — everybody can identify the striped skunk. But did you know these malodorous mammals have smaller cousins marked by black and white blots? They’re the spotted skunks, and they do something the stripeys can’t. Spotted skunks perform a spread-eagled han...
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    By Philip Marcelo The Associated Press BOSTON » When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrate...
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  Colorado has launched a four-year study of bald eagles to determine how the raptors have adapted to population growth along the metropolitan Front Range and identify planning measures that could ensure the bird’s future. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the study, involving biologists and v...
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