Animals/Wildlife

10:17am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Dead Mice Are Going To Be Dropped On Guam From Helicopters (Really)

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 1:38 pm

Orlando Getty Images

Here's the latest plan scientists have come up with to kill some of the estimated 2 million brown tree snakes that have wiped out many other animals on Guam:

In April or May they're going to lace dead mice with painkillers, attach them to little parachutes, drop them from helicopters and hope that they get snagged in the jungle foliage. Then, if all goes well, the snakes — which as their name implies hang out in trees — will eat the mice and die from ingesting the painkillers' active ingredients.

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1:27am

Fri February 22, 2013
Animals

Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 am

Adam Cole NPR

Flowers are nature's ad men. They'll do anything to attract the attention of the pollinators that help them reproduce. That means spending precious energy on bright pigments, enticing fragrances and dazzling patterns.

Now, scientists have found another element that contributes to flowers' brand: their distinct electric field.

Anne Leonard, who studies bees at the University of Nevada, says our understanding of pollinator-flower communication has been expanding for decades.

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11:46am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Tough Turkeys Are Taking Over A California Town

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:59 am

You talking to me? (A turkey on New York's Staten Island; who's probably just as intimidating, if not more, than those in California.)
Jonathan Fickies Landov

5:07am

Thu February 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Birds Of Different Feathers Flock Together

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A rooster, a mallard, and a white duck walked into a pond and into a beautiful friendship. A white duck with a limp, a rooster nicknamed Cocky and a mallard have settled down together at a pond on the grounds of a retirement community in White Rock, South Carolina. The State newspaper reports the trio has captured the imagination of residents there, who can't get enough of the birds of different feathers flocking together. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

12:46pm

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Antarctic Penguin Turns Up In New Zealand; Vets Say Condition 'Touch And Go'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:47 pm

The original "Happy Feet" ready for release aboard The New Zealand research vessel Tangaroa in Aug. 2011.
Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

New Zealand seems to be the destination of choice for wayward Antarctic penguins.

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