ducks

“They came back,” says biologist Donald Webster. “This year.” His voice has a wistful note, wondering if the king of ducks, as the beautiful, crimson-headed canvasback is known, will return to rule Chesapeake Bay again next winter. In parka, gloves and hat, Webster, waterfowl coordinator for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), raises his…

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The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between…  Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and…

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It’s almost Halloween, and the streets will soon be overrun with the undead—carrying trick-or-treat bags, of course. But the animal kingdom is full of these tricksters 24/7. Check out five animals that play dead to stay alive. A Watery Grave Worried about shark attacks? Some experts say that punching a shark near the eyes will…

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It’s almost Halloween, and the streets will soon be overrun with the undead—carrying trick-or-treat bags, of course. But the animal kingdom is full of these tricksters 24/7. Check out five animals that play dead to stay alive. A Watery Grave Worried about shark attacks? Some experts say that punching a shark near the eyes will…

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You don’t have to wear Prada or Gucci to remain fashionable: Check out these animals strutting their stuff in booties. Elephant Chhouk the orphan elephant (see video above) now roams the forests of Cambodia with a prosthetic boot. Chhouk was found severely malnourished and missing his front left foot, likely due to a run-in with…

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You don’t have to wear Prada or Gucci to remain fashionable: Check out these animals strutting their stuff in booties. Elephant Chhouk the orphan elephant (see video above) now roams the forests of Cambodia with a prosthetic boot. Chhouk was found severely malnourished and missing his front left foot, likely due to a run-in with…

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By Allie Wilkinson There’s a new type of surfer on California‘s beaches: Mallard ducks are catching waves to get crabs, a new study says. Rather than avoiding water that washes up the beach like other foraging shorebirds, the mallards allow themselves to be lifted by the water and deposited down the beach. (Also see “Inside the Curl:…

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