A rare Alaska bird comes back to life in a taxidermist’s capable hands

When I opened the door of a friend’s taxidermy shop, I was greeted by a bull moose at eye level. Its massive head hung from a beam just inside the door, the antlers extending the width of the entryway.

Rick Richardson’s workbenches are a sort of guarded mystery in plain sight. Almost like a section of forest, the longer you stay and examine the surroundings, the more orderly and interesting things appear.

Objects emerge as curiosities — a giant pair of preening tweezers, painted bills, bird feet. I had never stayed long enough to learn much about the taxidermy process

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Tips for avoiding bird strikes during spring migration

It is a great time for bird watchers to catch a sighting and for bird enthusiasts to enjoy an abundant variety.

Every year, at this time, we get many calls for birds that have struck windows. The birds are tired, and like people when we get tired, they don’t always make the best quick decisions. Generally, the strikes are near areas where birds are gathering to eat.

If you have feeders out, placing the feeders no more than 4 feet from windows can help. The birds may still fly from the feeder and strike your window, but with less area

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Bethel, Maine Mahoosuc Land Trust Valentine Farm birding trail opens

In time for the spring migration, a new birding trail has opened in the woods of western Maine.The Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Farm birding trail in Bethel puts an emphasis on education.“What we’re trying to do with this trail is make it a little easier, especially for those who are just getting started,” Mahoosuc Land Trust volunteer James Reddoch said.Artwork is strategically placed along the trail helps educate birders.“We’ve got life-like signs around the trails in the habitat that these birds live in,” Reddoch said.Barbara Murphy, Mahoosuc Land Trust’s development director, created the trail, which is a two-thirds of a … read more

Lily the cockatiel bird stolen from Tropic Waters Pet Center

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – A well-loved bird of Tropic Waters Pet Center in Eau Claire has been stolen.

Store owner Jim Reiman said the 15-year-old male, white-faced cockatiel named Lily was stolen on Friday, May 7.

Lily belongs to the general manager of Tropic Waters and has been a long-time resident of the store practically since he was born.

Although he was not for sale, Reiman said depending on the color and variety, cockatiels can go for $300 to $500.

Reiman said a handful of animals were stolen in the 40 years they’ve been around, and some were returned, but

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Bird is reportedly taking its electric scooter company public via SPAC

Bird, the electric scooter company that helped launch the global micromobility boom, is planning to go public via a reverse merger with a special acquisition company, or SPAC, according to dot.LA. Bird is merging with Switchback II Corporation, a Dallas-based “blank check” company focusing on companies reducing carbon emissions, according to documents reviewed by the website.

Bird is the latest transportation company, but one of only a few e-scooter companies, to go public. A record number of companies have gone public this past year by merging with SPAC shell corporations, which avoids the scrutiny of a traditional

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Bird strike forces Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to turn around

(CNN) — A Delta flight was forced to return to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday night “after coming in contact with birds during takeoff,” the airline said.

Delta Flight 2281, which was headed to Washington, DC, returned to the airport at 10:36 p.m., 47 minutes after it took off, according to information from flight data tracking platform FlightAware.

The flight turned around after its crew reported a bird strike had cracked a windshield on the Airbus A320.

In a statement to CNN, Delta Air Lines said maintenance personnel were evaluating the aircraft as the airline worked “to reaccommodate

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