A midair battle between two bald eagles turned into a somewhat humiliating situation when the birds were unable to unlock their talons and crashed to the ground together. They survived the fall and were found, still entangled, on the tarmac of Duluth International Airport.
Randy Hanzal, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, put the birds in the back of his pickup truck, covered with blankets and jackets. Halfway into the two-mile drive to a local rehabilit... Read More
Most environmentalists agree that wind power is a good thing. It’s clean, it’s a job creator, and it fights global warming. Birds, on the other hand, might feel differently.
Over half-a-million birds are killed by the country’s wind farms every year, according to an estimate in the Wildlife Society Bulletin. Eighty-three thousand of those birds are hunters like hawks, falcons, and eagles, and many of them are endangered. It’s a federal crime to kill these birds and pow... Read More
The World Anti-Doping Agency has proposed mandatory four-year sentencing for first-time "real cheats." Under the new language, athletes who use anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, masking agents, or who traffic in prohibited methods and substances would qualify for the longer suspensions.
Currently, first-time offenders receive a two-year ban. But the rules have been applied irregularly with many offenders having their sentences backdated, effectively reducing their suspensions to only s... Read More
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield celebrated his last day aboard the International Space Station with an elaborately produced rendition of David Bowie's "A Space Oddity."
In the video, Hadfield plays his acoustic guitar while floating through the station and peering out into space. It is the first music video ever produced from space—in case you were inclined to look for others.
Alpenglow Expeditions founder and head guide Adrian Ballinger plans to complete the first ski descent of Everest's Lhotse Couloir, weather permitting, later this season season.
"Of course the Lhotse Couloir is one of the dream un-skied lines in the Himalaya," Ballinger told ExplorersWeb. "When I climbed and guided it in 2011, I couldn't believe it hadn't been skied yet. Of course that was an unusual year, with unbelievable ski conditions. I just hope we get a chance with skiable snow!"
Balli... Read More