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2008-09-16 12:00:25

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Entertainment-seekers could drop a lot of cash in the next several days as tickets go on sale to six Topeka Performing Arts Center performances and one at the Kansas Expocentre. First on sale -- at 10 a.m. Friday -- will be tickets to Stomp, the nontraditional dance revue in which performers combine acrobatic dance moves with props that include garbage cans, cigarette lighters, brooms, even kitchen sinks. Shows will be at 8...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

By John Dodge, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 8--The state Forest Practices Board threw its unanimous support Monday behind a group made up primarily of timber industry officials and conservationists to work on spotted owl habitat protection on private forestlands. On a 10-0 vote, the board signaled a new approach to a controversial issue it's been wrestling with little success for years. "This is a breath of fresh air to see the timber industry and the conservation caucus come...

2008-07-06 09:00:14

:: ANIMAL WELFARE A former falconry centre that supplied owls for a Harry Potter film is being investigated by the RSPCA after concerns were raised about the welfare of the birds kept there. Officers from the animal charity removed several birds, thought to include owls and Harris hawks, from Old Park Farm in Eastmoor, Wakefield. In 2005, nine eagle owls kept at the site were signed up by Warner Brothers for the film 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. It is not thought that any of the...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 4--BONNERS FERRY -- A thinning project to improve the vigor of old-growth trees on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest can continue after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed an earlier court decision halting the work. The project calls for selective logging on nearly 4,000 acres northeast of Bonners Ferry to remove young trees growing underneath large, old trees. In 2003, the Forest Service proposed three timber sales...

2008-07-04 00:00:17

By Candy Williams Two college students from Harrison City are gaining a new perspective on community theater this summer. Meghan Ginley, a sophomore theater arts major at Point Park University, and Jonathan Baird, a freshman musical theater major at Shenandoah University, are directing and vocal directing, respectively, the Apple Hill Playhouse children's production of "Winnie the Pooh." Both are graduates of Penn Trafford High School who have acted in productions and are taking their...

2008-06-21 03:00:21

By Kasey Fowler, Enid News & Eagle, Okla. Jun. 21--Ever wonder what to do with an injured or orphaned wild animal? Julie Miller has the answer. Bring it to her. Miller is a wildlife rehabilitator located in Breckinridge. "I get calls from the general public, the police department, the sheriff's department and the game warden," Miller said. "There are four of us in Enid that do rehab," she said. The others are Dennis Covarrubias, Eve Reim and Tina Pulis. "I never know what I'm...

2006-11-14 09:13:18

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Researchers are catching and banding tiny owls to learn more about their comings and goings through Indiana. One thing they've learned is that there are more Northern saw-whet owls than once was thought. Some 135 of the little raptors were counted in 2003, up from about 20 per year in the 1980s and '90s. And researchers are hoping to find more of the birds in Yellowwood State Forest in southern Indiana and other sites around the state during the annual Christmas Bird...

2006-05-12 19:34:01

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation groups have sued to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from removing a tiny desert owl from the endangered species list. The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl is only about 6 inches long and weighs in at less than 3 ounces, but has been at the center of a battle between environmentalists and developers for more than a decade. It is scheduled to officially be taken off the list Monday. The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife filed suit in...

2005-11-22 11:36:17

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has put forward a plan for international action to protect such rare birds of prey as eagles, vultures and owls from extinction. A report commissioned by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) showed that more than a half the 60 species of migratory birds of prey found in Africa and Eurasia face extinction, either globally or within their regions. "Of all types of birds, birds of prey have always fascinated people," UK...

2005-06-23 13:45:00

There's more than meets the human ear when the black-capped chickadee lets its flock mates know a predator is lurking about by giving out its familiar "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call. The small songbirds, which are common throughout much of North America, use that signature call in a wide variety of social interactions including warning of predators. And it turns out that those alarms are far more subtle and information-packed than scientists previously imagined. Writing in the current issue of...

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