Short-Eared Owl

Birds of the Prairie, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Birds of the Prairie”, I highlighted the Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus), a wonderful bird of our midwestern prairies and marshes. Today’s Part 2 focuses on an equally impressive bird, the Short-Eared Owl (Asio flammeus), a new “life bird” for me. The Short-Eared Owl is no longer a year-round resident of the Missouri […]

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Shark Fins Are Loaded With a Neurotoxin, Study Finds

Shark fins contain high levels of a potent neurotoxin that scientists have linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a recent study published in the journal Marine Drugs. The study was the first to find the toxin, BMAA, or Beta-methylamino-L-alanine, in sharks, said the lead author, Deborah C. Mash, a researcher at […]

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Wyoming Tribe gets OK to Kill 2 Bald Eagles for Ceremonies

In a rare and potentially landmark decision, a Wyoming Indian tribe has received federal approval to kill two bald eagles for religious ceremonies, the Associated Press reports. The Northern Arapaho Tribe had sued the government last year, arguing its members’ religious freedom was being violated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refusal to issue […]

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