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EPA Says Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants Is No Longer ‘Appropriate and Necessary’

EPA Says Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants Is No Longer ‘Appropriate and Necessary’

— To justify its position, the agency is choosing to blatantly disregard the health impact to humans and wildlife, critics warn.
Watch a Black Heron Fool Fish by Turning Into an Umbrella

Watch a Black Heron Fool Fish by Turning Into an Umbrella

— The behavior, called canopy feeding, is an especially effective way to hunt.
What's Up With the Weird Mouths of These Finch Chicks?

What's Up With the Weird Mouths of These Finch Chicks?

— Coming in many shapes, colors, and sizes, strange mouth markings might aid in chick survival.
Plastic Threatens Even Our Common Shorebirds, Study Warns

Plastic Threatens Even Our Common Shorebirds, Study Warns

— Dead American Oystercatchers on Brazilian beaches were loaded with plastic, hinting that the world’s pollution problem isn’t just far out at sea.
How Well Do We Really Know Cardinals?

How Well Do We Really Know Cardinals?

— New research provides support for splitting the Northern Cardinal into multiple species.
How Many Birds Disappear Between Migration Seasons? We Now Have a Clue.

How Many Birds Disappear Between Migration Seasons? We Now Have a Clue.

— New research has found that a third of the avian population that winters in the mainland United States might not survive till spring. But why?
Are Starlings the Key to Making Guam's Forests Sing Again?

Are Starlings the Key to Making Guam's Forests Sing Again?

— Decades after the brown tree snake wiped out Guam’s birds, biologists have an ambitious plan to bring native species back to the stunning island.
The Surprising Connection Between Birds, Facebook, and Other Social Networks

The Surprising Connection Between Birds, Facebook, and Other Social Networks

— Common songbirds in Britain’s Wytham Woods are providing an unprecedented window into avian affairs—and maybe even our own.
7 Hummingbirds That Wear Pants With Flair (Plus One Bonus)

7 Hummingbirds That Wear Pants With Flair (Plus One Bonus)

— Meet the "puffleg” birds of the Latin American tropics, covered in feathers all the way down.
How Hundreds of Volunteers Protected California's Tricolored Blackbirds

How Hundreds of Volunteers Protected California's Tricolored Blackbirds

— Data collected from a triennial spring survey has helped gain the birds state-wide protections. Now they're being considered for a federal listing.
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