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September 11, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Take a flying fish out of water, and it will glide like a bird. That's the word from two South Korean scientists who decided to test the fish's performance in a wind tunnel. Their findings — the fruit of what they say is the first direct investigation of flying fish aerodynamics — showed that the fish could stay airborne just as well as small-to-midsize birds. The news was published online Thursday evening in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Flying fish are equipped with wing-like fins that they keep close to the body as they swim but spread out when they launch into the air, usually in attempts to escape predators.
March 16, 1992 | Rick VanderKnyff
GOOD NEWS: The recent rains were a boon to birds, because more insects and seed crops improve nesting success, says Sylvia Gallagher of the Audubon Society. . . . Among the migrating birds that will begin nesting in Orange County in the next few weeks are warbling vireos, Pacific slope flycatchers, above, and hooded orioles; year-round residents that nest locally include acorn woodpeckers, black phoebes and California gnatcatchers.
December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Illegal trappers on Cyprus killed more than half a million protected birds this fall to sell them at local restaurants, conservationists said. The worst massacre in four years came despite a European Union ban on the decades-old tradition, said BirdLife Cyprus Executive Director Martin Hellicar. Migratory birds cooked over coals are a traditional delicacy and sell for as much as $7 each in restaurants. Hellicar said the problem continues because poachers' profits are huge.
March 28, 1999
I am really disappointed in Jancis Robinson's article (Wine, "Can Cork Survive?," March 17). She entices us bird lovers to read the article and drops the subject, never to refer to birds again. MYRON D. OAKES San Marino
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
April 12, 2005 | Mary Forgione
How do you translate the barred owl's call -- Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you? -- into Spanish? Translating bird "voices" was one of the trickiest parts of producing "Guia de campo Kaufman a las aves de Norteamerica," the first Spanish-language field guide to North American birds. "There have been field guides to Mexico in Spanish, but never one for North America," says Taryn Roeder of Houghton Mifflin, publisher of the guide.
August 24, 1995
A Santa Monica woman living in a battered-women's shelter has become the victim of a crime: someone stole two pet birds from her car. The woman--who asked to be identified only as Dorothy--hopes someone will come forward with information about her cockatiels, which were stolen last Saturday. Since then, she has posted flyers and gone door-to-door in the neighborhood. "They were the only family I had," Dorothy said. "It was just me and my birds, trying to start a new life."
November 7, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Mallards floating on placid ponds, egrets standing at attention at the water's edge and blue herons soaring across the sky all signal autumn in the Sepulveda Basin. The 2,100-acre preserve is home to about 150 species of birds, said Rosemarie White, head of the San Fernando Valley Canada Geese Project, a wildlife group that every fall counts the number of migratory geese in the Valley.
A new landing strip has been opened to handle traffic in the busy airways over Los Angeles, but this one is strictly for the birds. The "airport" is a 1 1/2-acre lake at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, complete with overnight and nesting facilities for migratory birds and their less-traveled cousins. The planting of seeds for grasses and native wildflowers was completed Monday, marking the finishing touches on the $350,000 project.
November 1, 1995
Please don't feed the ducks. That's the latest message from Long Beach officials concerned about disease at the El Dorado Duck Pond on Studebaker Road. Tossing bread crumbs to hungry ducks has been a popular pastime at the pond. But today, officials plan to post four signs around the pond asking park-goers to refrain from feeding the birds.
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