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3 Billion Fewer Birds In North America Since 1970

A new study at Cornell University finds the number of birds in North America has dwindled significantly in the last 50 years. Nearly 30% of birds, including common birds like sparrows, have disappeared. This isn't an extinction, it's the total number of birds in the skies over the United States ,...
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Tick That Reproduces Without Mating Now Found In Connecticut

The Asian Longhorned Tick , a species native to East Asia , has now been found in 8 states, including Connecticut , and no one's sure how it got here. The Centers for Disease Control first encountered longhorned ticks when a New Jersey sheep farmer brought them one in 2017. It came from a sheep...
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Saturn Is Super Close To Earth

The planet Saturn will be at its closest point to Earth for the entire year on Tuesday. While it as the closest point in the daytime, it will still be visible to the naked eye all night long. And with a telescope, you should even be able to see its rings! The added bonus is there is no cloud cover...
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Get Out! All You Need Is Two Hours A Week

You've probably heard about the benefits of getting outside to improve your health and well-being. But no one has told you how much time in the great outdoors is beneficial; until now. The magic number is 2 hours per week. That's it! A survey of 20,000 people in England , who reported how long they...
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One State Will Pay Homeowners To Not Mow Their Lawns

Lawmakers in Minnesota are proposing legislation that would pay residents to turn their yards into bee sanctuaries, instead of maintaining the neatly manicured lawns that we have become accustomed to in surburbia. James Wolfin , a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and...
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Bees At Notre Dame Cathedral Survived The Fire

There have been three beehives on the roof over the sacristy, just beneath the rose window, at Notre Dame since 2013. Those three hives were the home to about 180,000 bees. After the devastating fire that ripped through the historic cathedral, beekeeper Nicolas Geant was concerned they may not have...
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Don't Kill Those Dandelions

The name, Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), comes from the French dent de lion, meaning lion’s tooth, referring to its toothed leaves. And many people consider them a nuisance, or an eyesore and do their best to get rid of them. But before you spray some chemical on your lawn to kill off those...
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WATCH: Deadly Mushroom Spreading Across North America

The Death Cap Mushroom has been spreading across North America due to our efforts to beautify properties by moving trees around and importing some from areas into habitats that aren't where they're naturally found. And the Death Cap (or Amenita phailloides ) attaches itself to trees' roots, and...
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Be Aware Of Skunks In Love

If you've been noticing skunks recently, whether by sight or by smell, there's a good reason. It's skunk mating season! February through March is mating season for striped, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks, and that translates into that skunk smell. The stink occurs when males try to court females who...
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Visiting Parks Can Lower Risk of Breast Cancer?

There's a lot of good reasons to go outside and enjoy nature... it can improve physical and mental health and boost the immune system, among other benefits. But a new study says living near green areas may also be linked to a lowered risk of breast cancer. The study, published by the International...
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