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Conditions are nearly ideal as John Fales heads briskly out the front door with his butterfly net and a worn green canvas bag slung over his shoulder. It's 75 degrees on a mostly sunny afternoon in the early fall. A gentle breeze ripples the waters of Chesapeake Bay, a short walk from Fales' home at Plum Point in Calvert County, Md. Fales records the temperature from a gauge atop a pole in his yard and writes down the time. Ready now, he scans the shrubs in his yard and the sky overhead.
March 27, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Population growth in Southern California continued to slow last year, another factor in soft demand for housing. The populations of the Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego metro areas were still growing in 2013, according to new figures released by the Census Bureau on  Thursday, but less quickly than they did in either of the two years prior. Of the six counties in Southern California, only two - Riverside and San Diego - grew faster than the state as a whole. Housing economists and demographics experts note that fewer people moving and fewer people forming new households have dampened demand for housing since the end of the recession.
March 16, 1998
This Thursday, the swallows formally make their storied return to San Juan Capistrano. But how do they and all the other migrating birds find their way thousands of miles to their winter and summer grounds? Scientists have found they do it much the way man has historically navigated around the world: the position of the sun and stars and familiar landmarks. They also take note of distinctive smells and the Earth's magnetic field.
February 27, 2014
BY SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER TIMES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DON BARTLETTI he boy does not understand. His mother is not talking to him. She will not even look at him. Enrique has no hint of what she is going to do. Lourdes knows. She understands, as only a mother can, the terror she is about to inflict, the ache Enrique will feel and finally the emptiness. What will become of him? Already he will not let anyone else feed or bathe him. He loves her deeply, as only a son can. With Lourdes, he is a chatterbox.
July 12, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Supporting a controversial view of how humans might have populated the Western Hemisphere, geneticists have found that groups from Asia traveled over the Bering Strait into North America in at least three separate migrations beginning more than 15,000 years ago - not in a single wave, as has been widely thought. "We have various lines of evidence that there was more than one migration," said Dr. Andres Ruiz-Linares, a professor of human genetics at University College London and senior author of a report on the findings that was published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
July 26, 2010 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Climbing temperatures are expected to raise sea levels and increase droughts, floods, heat waves and wildfires. Now, scientists are predicting another consequence of climate change: mass migration to the United States. Between 1.4 million and 6.7 million Mexicans could migrate to the U.S. by 2080 as climate change reduces crop yields and agricultural production in Mexico, according to a study published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
October 21, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
CUATRO MILPAS, MEXICO - In this hardscrabble farming village, an American teenager like Luis Martinez was bound to stand out. Raised on Little Caesars pizzas and Big Gulps, Luis, 13, was portly. The village kids, subsisting on bowls of chicken broth, were all bones and elbows. Luis wore Air Jordan high-tops. The kids wore sandals made of rubber tires. PHOTOS: Teenager's identity lies on both sides of the border He shot at birds with his BB gun and pedaled around on a Mongoose bike.
May 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Malagasy people of Madagascar carry the genes from ancestors in nearby East Africa and distant Borneo, suggesting a big migration from Asia to Africa 2,000 years ago, British researchers reported Tuesday. The genetic study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, supports the puzzling finding that the Malagasy language more closely resembles Indonesian dialects than East African tongues.
April 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Migrating birds use the Earth's magnetic fields to navigate, but sunsets also play a crucial role, according to new research reported in the journal Science. Biologist Martin Wikelski of Princeton University and his colleagues studied thrushes flying north, placing them in a magnetic field that disrupted their internal compass. When the birds were released, they flew west instead of north. But the next day, after a sunset, they started flying in the right direction again.
May 26, 1996
Frank del Olmo likens the northward migration of Mexicans to the American vision of its Manifest Destiny back in 1845 (Commentary, May 20). He invites dialogue between the two countries and cautions against confusing the issues with myths. On this I agree. In 1845 the territory in question was sparsely settled, and our adventurous predecessors were living in the final stages of the Age of Exploration--their actions should be judged in the context of that time. Overpopulation and environmental degradation, the most important issues of today, were unheard of 150 years ago--the birthrate of Mexicans now crossing the border is notoriously high.
February 6, 2014 | By Amina Khan
How do young, naive salmon with no migratory experience somehow voyage through vast, shifting ocean waters to wind up at specific feeding grounds that are hundreds, even thousands, of kilometers away from the rivers where they were hatched? It turns out these fish may have a magnetic 'map' in their heads that enables them to sense and navigate using the Earth's magnetic fields rather like a GPS. The findings, published in Current Biology, “likely explain the extraordinary navigational abilities evident in many long-distance underwater migrants,” the study authors wrote.
January 30, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Migrating birds probably did it. That's what UC Davis epidemiology professor Janet Foley says after DNA detective work confirmed that a disease-carrying tick only found in the southeastern United States has colonized a federally endangered  rodent population in an extremely isolated patch of Mojave Desert wetlands. DNA sequencing also shows that the relic population of Amargosa voles near Tecopa, Calif., just east of Death Valley National Park, and the tick that scientists know as Ixodes minor also share Borrelia burgdorferi ,  the tick-borne bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.
December 2, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Machinery was purring gently. Boxes of Samsung televisions were stacked like blocks atop pallets on a glossy concrete floor. A shift supervisor waved jauntily as he zipped by on a red motorized chariot. At 10 a.m. at the fulfillment center in Ontario, all seemed peaceful - even though it was a record-setting Cyber Monday. And this year, the online world's answer to Black Friday was attracting nearly as many shoppers as the four-day retail frenzy that preceded it. "It never really feels like chaos," general manager Melissa Montgomery said of the annual online shopping event.
November 18, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The share of Americans moving to a new home fell this year, underscoring the lingering effects of the Great Recession and a drag on the housing market. The main factor was an unexpectedly large drop in the mobility of young adults, who account for the largest moves among age groups and the bulk of starter-home purchases. The Census Bureau reported Monday that the annual domestic migration rate - the share of the nation's population that moved - declined to 11.7% after rising to 12% last year.
November 10, 2013 | By Carol Stogsdill
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire. Our hosts reassuringly explained that these fires were intentionally set by rangers - a necessary evil to keep the Serengeti's famous grazers nourished and content on land that had been set aside for them. And it worked. In just a few days, the green flash of new grass began to pop through the thin coat of jet-black ashes, enticing the return of wildebeests, zebras, impala and gazelles - and with them, a steady flow of tourism dollars.
October 4, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Pope Francis lamented the mass drowning of African boat people off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday as "shameful" evidence of human indifference to those in despair. President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy, where tens of thousands of desperate migrants cast up on remote shores each year, deemed the deadliest migration accident in the Mediterranean Sea this year a "massacre of innocents. " But U.N. officials tasked with protecting those fleeing their homelands put into unemotional perspective the tragic end to a boatload of migrants' dangerous gamble for a better life: an everyday occurrence.
July 27, 2003
"Jobs Migrating Overseas, but It's a Two-Way Street" (James Flanigan, July 20) states, "The net number of jobs going overseas is overblown. The most thoughtful assessment is that 80,000 jobs will go overseas this year and 120,000 next year, says John McCarthy, a director of Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass." If outsourcing continues to grow at that rate (50%) 9,064,000 jobs will be shipped overseas in the next 10 years. The column also mentions Oracle Corp. as a positive example of how Americans need to accept the migration of our economy to Third World status.
In the space of an hour, Jeanne Polak-Recht counted a dozen white-crowned sparrows, six yellow-rumped warblers and one dark-eyed junco. And she never even left her Northridge yard. The president of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Audubon Society, Polak-Recht was one of thousands of birders throughout Los Angeles and the rest of the country who tallied birds in their yards Saturday as part of a project to track migration and population patterns.
August 31, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
What in the name of the Oregon Ducks is going on with California, as well as other western states, and its Facebook liking of that university's football team? The social media website researched "likes" on its pages from each state, county by county, discovering that the Ducks have flown the farm in the Willamette Valley to dominate the Pacific Northwest -- outside of Boise State territory in Idaho, of course, -- as well as two-thirds of California, half of Nevada and parts of other western states.
July 28, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Returning to his native Mexican village after many years, the artist was startled by what he didn't see. "Where are my friends, my relatives?" Alejandro Santiago asked the remaining residents of the town, Teococuilco de Marcos Perez, in a remote mountain area of Oaxaca state. Upon learning that most of them migrated from southern Mexico to the United States in search of work, he vowed to honor the departed and "repopulate" his impoverished hometown. Around 2002, he began to sculpt the first of hundreds of strangely poignant, human-looking ceramic figures and planned to place them around the village.
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