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OPINION
June 28, 2010 | Ann Herold
On a windy day in March, a small gray puffball with onyx eyes arrives at the Ojai Raptor Center. The days-old baby owl has probably been blown out of its nest. A veteran volunteer takes on its feeding. She puts on a sweater with a large hood that hides her face. That way the owl won't see a human attached to the hand that presents it with mice four times a day. In the first few weeks of life, owls imprint on whoever is feeding them, identifying that creature as its parent. An owl that imprints on a human can never be released into the wild.
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SCIENCE
March 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Some of the earliest birds hailing from the age of the dinosaurs may have sported four flying limbs, a team of Chinese researchers says. If so, 11 fossils from the lower Cretaceous period, about 120 million years ago, could represent a missing link in the development of modern birds, according to a new paper released Thursday by the journal Science. Modern birds generally work with two wings, using small, clawed hind legs for ground travel. A few, like the golden eagle, have fuzzy down on their back limbs, which is for insulating their appendages, not flying.
TRAVEL
October 3, 2010 | By Joanna Corman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was like a lottery-winning moment for birders. I looked up through the windshield, and there it was: brown and striped, gliding toward a tangle of reeds a few feet from our car — an American bittern. Bitterns are common at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, but they're elusive and rarely seen. Even an ornithologist friend has seen only two or three. Gray Lodge is one of more than half a dozen wildlife refuges in the Sacramento Valley, a habitat-rich basin that comprises the northern end of the Central Valley from Redding south to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
About a dozen birds died in a garage fire Monday night in Sylmar, officials said. The fire was reported about 8 p.m. in the 15600 block of Cobalt Street, according to Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters arriving at the scene saw a large garage behind a single story home engulfed in flames, he said. It took more than 20 minutes for firefighters to douse the flames. Humphrey said the cause of the fire was electrical. No injuries were reported.
NEWS
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.
WORLD
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.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
The golden eagle's nickname is James Dean. That's because he's a bad boy and a daredevil. And a fighter. The 2 -year-old bird was rescued this year by a New Mexico nonprofit that assists wounded birds of prey after the creature was electrocuted on a power pole in the southern end of the state. His body was ravaged by the electrical force. But he survived. “They never live after accidents like this, but this one did. He's just incredible,” Lori Paras, founder of the Santa Fe Raptor Center , told the Los Angeles Times.
FOOD
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
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Humans and other primates aren't the only members of the animal kingdom who can watch total strangers interact and figure out who's in charge. Ravens can do it too, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers at the University of Vienna said they had several reasons to suspect that ravens had the chops to understand the social hierarchy of unknown birds just by looking at them. For starters, ravens “are renowned for their relatively big brains,” they wrote.
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