The World’s Largest Tree At Risk As California Wildfires Head Toward Giant Sequoia Groves

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews were watching the weather this weekend as they battled California wildfires that have burned into some groves of ancient sequoias as they try to protect the world’s largest tree. The National Weather Service issued a weather watch for critical fire conditions in the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra […]

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Hundreds Of Migrating Birds Die After Crashing Into NYC Buildings

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city’s glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer’s tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. This week’s avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes on Manhattan […]

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Trump Moved A Public Land Agency’s HQ Out West. Biden Is Moving It Back To DC.

The Biden administration will relocate the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Land Management back to Washington, D.C., as part of a broader effort to “rebuild and strengthen” the agency after years of “upheaval” under President Donald Trump, the Interior Department announced Friday. The Trump administration made a big to-do of moving BLM’s headquarters to […]

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All The Lions And Tigers At D.C.’s National Zoo Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

The lions and tigers at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have tested positive for COVID-19. Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers all received “presumptive positive” results for the coronavirus, the zoo announced in a Friday press release. That means the animals had positive laboratory test results, but they need to be confirmed by […]

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Thai Taxi Drivers Idled By COVID-19 Lockdowns Turn Car Roofs Into Gardens

BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this week using black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames. On […]

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Fire Crews Wrap World’s Largest Tree In Fire-Resistant Blanket Amid California Wildfire

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest […]

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101-Year-Old Maine Woman Has No Plans To Stop Hauling Lobsters

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine’s rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a century later, at age 101, she’s still doing it. The oldest lobster fisher in […]

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Sequoia National Park’s Giant Trees At Risk As Wildfires Grow

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle Wednesday against two expanding forest fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure. The Colony and Paradise fires, ignited by lightning strikes last week, covered about 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) in California’s steep Sierra Nevada. The Colony […]

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New Rainbow Fly Species With ‘Legs For Days’ Named After RuPaul

An Australian scientist has named an eye-catching new fly species after RuPaul ― and the “Drag Race” host seems to approve. Opaluma rupaul (the “opaluma” part coming from the Latin words for “opal” and “thorn”) is an iridescent species of soldier fly, important insects that are usually underappreciated by the general public. “Soldier flies are […]

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Red States’ Wolf-Killing Campaign May Have Just Backfired

New laws liberalizing the hunting and trapping of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies might warrant putting the animals back under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday. Backed by the ranching industry, which views wolves as a growing liability in states with extensive cattle and sheep […]

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