Wolf Management Tensions Grow: Idaho Seeks to Kill Scores and Montana Gov Threatens to Defy Protections
The controversy over gray wolves in the Northern Rockies is heating up. Federal biologists deem the animal recovered, but for various reasons it remains on the endangered species list, to the frustration of officials in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. As a result, they've starting pushing for decreasing protections, and even threatening to take matters into their own hands.!--/end tags-->
It wasn’t Ralph’s fault that he ended up at the strip club. The storm made him do it. Last September Hurricane Earl swept a young brown pelican to Nova Scotia, where he landed at Ralph’s Club, a strip joint that he was subsequently named for. Now, after months of Canadian hospitality, Ralph is heading home.
Like superheroes, whooping crane caregivers don disguises, never revealing their true identity to those they’re protecting. While raising the young birds in captivity, they wear white costumes and never use their human voices while using a crane puppet to feed them or taking them for walks and swims.!--/end tags-->
Thank heaven for business trips. When I wrote about the Bird-A-Day Challenge last week, things were getting really tough. Day by day, I was checking through the bird species I could find in the New York metropolitan region, which was getting hammered with front after front of snow and ice. And gradually, as the ponds, reservoirs, and Hudson River iced over, I was running out of birds.
Then, I got a call on Monday that changed the game completely.!--/end tags-->
Now that one whole month of the Bird-A-Day Challenge has passed, things are really starting to get interesting. And by interesting, I mean tough. It's hard enough to find a wide diversity of birds in winter; it's even harder to find variety in a winter like this. Some days I've wondered if I would see any birds at all.