Puffins near Portland

Puffins, one of the oddest, most charming and hardest to see birds to see in the United States, but it’s getting easier because their numbers on Eastern Egg Rock, a southern Maine island hit a record 148 pairs in 2014. Warming water temperature threatened the efforts of Project Puffin to bring the cartoonish seabird back to its lost colonies.

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Peter Capaldi's Leonardo da Vinci loves animals, mocks humans

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With Peter Capaldi–a proven choice for the smartest man in the universe–you come away impressed with Leonardo’s love of animals and maybe a little creeped out by his anger at humans.

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Dogs Can No Longer Walk into Famous Brooklyn Bar

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One of New York City’s most famously dog-friendly bar, The Gate, in Park Slope says it will no longer allow them because it was busted under the city’s outdated health code.

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Obamas to Shelter Animals: Drop Dead

the Obamas sell out animal people and get another purebred dog.

Obamas get another rarified purebred dog, then try to assuage their guilt by making a donation to the local shelter.

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Thousands of nearly endangered sharks gathering and jumping off Palm Beach

Spinner sharks launch themselves out of the water while feeding on schools of small fish. See them jump and spin among surfers.

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What are the best places in the world to see snakes?

Lonely Planet names 10 snake watching sites, with Manitoba on top. Great list, but misses some possibilities like the Everglades, South of the Border or Pentecostal churches.

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Goose from Greenland has many Brooklyn fans, but Canada geese not among them

A Barnacle goose that somehow migrated from Greenland onto the wrong continent is beloved by Brooklyn birders, but shunned by Canada geese.

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Goose from Greenland hangs out in Brooklyn

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A rare Barnacle goose from Greeland is trying to blend in with a flock of plain Canada geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. As if he wasn’t on the wrong side of the Atlantic, much smaller and much fancier.

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Would you be nicer to pigeons if they were green?

Artist Julian Charrière gave the despised pigeons of Venice’s St. Mark’s Square a flamboyant makeover in green, blue and red. Tourists went nuts for the pretty birds. What did the other birds think?

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Can outdoor education work in a New York City park?

Europeans have embraced outdoor classes for little kids to reconnect them to the natural world. West coast parents have swarmed outdoor pre-K where toddlers stomp through rain, snow and mud. Now a teacher is bringing the Forest School philosophy to Brooklyn’s big park. What will the kids find in the urban woods?

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