Don't hug or kiss birds in your backyard. A 28-state salmonella outbreak is sickening kids
MIAMI — An unusual salmonella outbreak has hit 28 states, running coast-to-coast with no true center, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The outbreak doesn’t involve food, but backyard birds such as chicks and ducklings. Of the 44 sickened people interviewed so far, the CDC said, 38 have had contact with such feathery animals.That’s not as unusual or perhaps as concerning as the unusually high percentage of the ill people, 30%, being under the age of 5. Children under 5 and senior citizens tend to get the worst of salmonella infections, which hospitalizes 26,500 with b...
Michigan man accused of killing animals because 'he likes' it hit with 125 wildlife charges
A Michigan man accused of killing wolves, bald eagles and other animals “because he likes to do it” has been hit with more than 100 wildlife charges.Kurt Duncan pleaded not guilty to all 125 misdemeanor counts during an arraignment in Chippewa County district court on Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.The 56-year-old from Pickford is accused of illegally harvesting 18 wolves — which are protected under state law — over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.Bald eagles are also protected under state law as well as the fede...
New York Daily News
Sea turtle nesting in Florida: Loggerheads, leatherbacks off to strong start
ORLANDO, Fla. — Some wonders of nature continue happening despite the global pandemic, and sea turtle nesting season is no exception. In Florida, those turtles are off to a strong start.Along 13 miles of Brevard County’s Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, UCF’s Marine Turtle Research Group has logged 1,752 loggerhead nests, 29 leatherback nests and three green turtle nests. That represents a leatherback count higher than a full typical year — and the season continues until July — and the second earliest date a green turtle nest has been spotted by the UCF researchers.While it’s tempting to ...
Bee species rediscovered after scientists thought it may no longer exist
A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016.“I was open to the possibility that we may not find the bee at all so that first moment when we spotted it in the field was really exciting,” researcher Chase Kimmel said in a release published by the museum.The “metallic navy” insects are known as solitary bees, according to the museum. They fashion their own nests rather than congregating in hives.Before this y...
New York Daily News
Gator aid: 'Most exciting thing since quarantine'
MIAMI — Talk about an exciting day in coronavirus lockdown.Professional wranglers Gabby Scampone and Chris Gillette received a call about an alligator in a pool at a Fort Lauderdale home Thursday.The animal experts, who work at Everglades Holiday Park, documented how they got the little guy out of the skimmer on social media.“We got a call for an E-gator in a swimming pool this morning, so @gabbynikolle and I rushed out the door in a hurry,” wrote Gillette on Facebook. “E-Gator stands for ‘emergency alligator,’ which means that it is an immediate threat to people, and basically means drop what...
Commentary: A grim COVID-19 lesson. We're paying a steep price for not investing in science
My laboratory staff and I work to find solutions for metastatic breast cancer and chronic inflammatory disease. But science is not linear; solutions designed to resolve one problem end up helping with others. That’s what happened with our research.As we investigated what causes the immune system to trigger inflammatory chronic diseases, we found a potentially promising new treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. This is the condition that ultimately kills patients suffering from the gravest form of COVID-19.But that promising research is now in the deep freeze. Literally. V...
3-foot-long Asian lizard goes AWOL from Minnesota home
MINNEAPOLIS — There’s a big Asian water monitor lizard crawling around somewhere in suburban Champlin, and its owner is hoping to get the reptile back.Champlin police on Tuesday put out an all-points bulletin on Facebook in hopes of generating leads and tracking down the 3-foot-long creature.“It’s good at climbing stuff, and it may become aggressive if backed into a corner,” the department wrote in the Facebook posting. “A brief Wikipedia search has informed us that it mostly likes to eat rodents and crocodile eggs (it’s obviously not from around here), so as long as you don’t have those thing...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Large indigenous territories are necessary for culture and biodiversity in Brazil, study says
An indigenous family in Brazil from the Tucuxi group. Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABrCC BY 3.0 Br.In Brazil, indigenous lands make up 13.5% of the national territory and are home to half a million indigenous peoples speaking 280 distinct languages.New research, published in the journal Land Use Policy, argues that large, legally protected territories are necessary for indigenous peoples to maintain their traditional livelihoods and to safeguard the global-scale environmental benefits provided by these lands.“Our paper entirely rejects the often-proclaimed anti-indigenous political banner in Brazi...
Sideline Chatter: 49ers also managed to get nearly full Subway punch card under salary cap
Hey, 49ers, did you remember to check under the couch cushions, too?Broc Rutter, the QB from North Carolina Central, got only a $279 signing bonus from San Francisco because that’s all the Niners had left after depleting their bonus pool for undrafted rookies.———Gotta be the shoesSpotted in Lady Gaga’s bizarre shoe collection: a pair of high heels with toes made from horses’ hooves.On the downside, though, her feet tend to get sore after 6 1/2 furlongs.———Going viralHow soon before we see these odds listed among the tiny type in the sports section: “Sept 10: COVID (-19) vs. NFL opener.”———This...
The Seattle Times
Light sentences for China’s illegal pangolin traders ‘no deterrent’
By Bao ChoyCourt sentences imposed on offenders convicted of pangolin crimes in China from late 2019 to April 2020 are “non-threatening” and will not provide a deterrent to the illegal trade, say environmental activists.Data collated by #WildEye Asiashows that, of the 34 criminals convicted of pangolin-related crimes since late 2019, close to half were given suspended sentences of less than a year. This meant they did not serve a prison term, though in all cases they received a fine.For instance, 69-year-old Li Qigai from Guangxi regionkilled a Malayan pangolin smuggled from Vietnam. Li and tw...
Hong Kong Free Press