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October 28, 2013 | Julie Cart
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to list the bistate sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, affording special protections to about 5,000 birds along the California-Nevada border. The bird is a genetically distinct subpopulation of the Mono Basin sage grouse, and officials were petitioned to list it for protection in 2005. In California, the birds are found in Inyo, Alpine and Mono counties. Federal biologists estimate that about six groups of birds are occupying about half of their historical range.
March 19, 2014 | By Andrew Harmon
Over the last several months, a young brown pelican's obsessive preening regimen has dominated the view from my office window at the Northern California wildlife hospital where I work. We don't name the patients we care for - if animals could talk, I imagine the first thing they'd express is their dislike of anthropomorphism. But I can't stop thinking of him as Red, because of the colored temporary band on his right leg. Red's the closest thing I've had to a cubicle mate. He came to us in September with a severe injury to his left patagium (a fold of skin on the leading edge of the wing)
March 24, 2002
Iris Schneider's comparison of a night heron to a gull tells me that she does not know much about birds, which is OK ("Kids' 'Paradise' in San Diego," Weekend Escape, Feb. 17). But comparing this handsome bird's beak to Barbra Streisand's nose is not only ignorant but petty and mean. SUSAN HUTSON Agoura
March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird, the extremely popular mobile game that was surprisingly and suddenly removed from app stores last month, said he is considering re-releasing the game. Speaking with Rolling Stone , Vietnamese independent developer Dong Nguyen said he is now considering reinstating Flappy Bird into the Apple App Store and Google Play after removing the game in February. Flappy Bird was a simple game that users played by tapping their screen. The point was to guide a bird through deadly pipes to attain the highest score possible.
June 6, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Most birds lost their penises somewhere along the trail of evolution. Scientists want to know where they went. A biological program that triggers cell death is to blame, and it may offer clues about both evolution and the molecular biology behind birth defects, say researchers from the University of Florida, who published their work in Current Biology this week. “One of the most puzzling events in evolution is the reduction and loss of the phallus in birds,” said Martin Cohn, A University of Florida biologist who studies the evolution of appendages.
January 31, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Sometimes, an animal protection issue has a clear moral path to follow, notes Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S.  But other times, he writes on his blog, “the protection of one species appears to conflict with the protection of another.”  He was talking about birds and feral cats. And once again, the conflict between the two species is in the spotlight. A new report , published in the online journal Nature Communications and based on a systematic review of existing studies, estimates that “free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4-3.7 billion birds” annually in the United States.
February 5, 2009
May 27, 2013 | By Fox 40 and Los Angeles Times Staff
Two people and numerous animals were killed in a house fire in Sacramento on Sunday. Firefighters found flames covering the front of the house when they arrived at the scene. Once they put out the fire, firefighters found an elderly couple inside. The man and woman died, as well as their dogs, cats and birds. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Fox 40. The Sacramento Bee reported that one of the victims was a longtime member of a local bird society and that many her birds were killed in the blaze.
May 29, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Modern day birds may simply be dinosaurs that never grew up, researchers say. A comparison of fossilized skulls of juvenile dinosaurs with those of birds shows remarkable similarities, adding further evidence to the growing consensus that birds are evolutionary descendants of dinosaurs. A team from Harvard University reported online in the journal Nature that for some as-yet-unknown reason, some dinosaur infants began to mature much more rapidly than normal. That rapid maturation altered the expression of genes, changing the physical characteristics of the animals and keeping them much smaller in size.
November 3, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
On a recent weekday morning, Tom and Jo Heindel strode to the top of a hill at the edge of town and held hands, savoring the panoramic views below of elk grazing in alfalfa fields, strips of willows along streams and elm trees glistening with the remnants of rain. Then Tom, 73, and Jo, 71, got down to business. "A few dozen scaup, 10 eared grebes, 12 Clark's grebes, 20 canvasbacks and a Northern harrier gliding low and fast," Jo said, peering through a spotting scope. "Got it," said Tom, transcribing the information on a tally sheet spread across the hood of their aging white mini-pickup truck.
March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Before being pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Flappy Bird was the most popular mobile game. These days, there's no Flappy Bird, but the market is still being flooded by clones. During a 24-hour period last week, 293 new games were uploaded into the Apple App Store, of which 95 were copycats of Flappy Bird, according to The Guardian . "I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about what this says about the mobile gaming world in early 2014," The Guardian's Stuart Dredge said in his post analyzing Flappy Bird clones.  PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor Flappy Bird was a mobile game that challenged users to earn the highest score possible by propelling a bird between deadly pipes by tapping the screen.
February 28, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Birds of a feather do flock together in Peru, which boasts more than 1,800 avian species, so Inkaterra Hotels is focusing on these exotic creatures by offering bird-watching experiences at two of its in-country properties. The  four-day, three-night itineraries are based at either the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica , in the Peruvian Amazon, or the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel , in the cloud forest at the base of Machu Picchu. The tours are designed with both novice and expert birders in mind and combine private guided tours with each hotel's existing excursions.
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 West Ranch's Jake Bird, one of the top pitchers in the Foothill League, has committed to UCLA. He has shown tremendous improvement, with his fastball reaching 90 mph. He's also an honor student with hopes of becoming a doctor. He had 41 strikeouts in 33 innings during fall ball.  
February 27, 2014 | By Stacey D'Erasmo
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
February 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Patton Oswalt 's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded.   The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention  to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
August 26, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Monday seized almost 300 birds, a 20-gauge shotgun and other items related to an alleged cockfighting ring in the Antelope Valley, authorities said. Deputies from the department's Community Oriented Services Bureau found the birds after carrying out a search warrant in the 34200 block of 90th Street East in Juniper Hills. A suspect has been identified, according to a Sheriff's Department news release, and the case will be sent to the district attorney's office for consideration.
February 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With its informal setting and freewheeling vibe, the Spirit Awards is known for presenters who wing it and winners who ruffle feathers. This year, maybe literally. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, the anointed host of this year's Film Independent extravaganza, has an unorthodox idea for livening up the ceremony: Put some live birds in the mix. On Wednesday, the "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult" star announced that he intends to replace the usual avian-themed trophies with a live bird for each award winner at the March 1 event, a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Security researchers are warning Android users not to install versions of Flappy Bird found in alternative app stores as they may contain malware that could lead to unwanted charges on their phone bills. Flappy Bird is a mobile game that rose to popularity over the last few months but was suddenly removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play last weekend. Since then, some Android users have turned to alternative app stores to install Flappy Bird clones that have the same name and icon and deliver the same game play.
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