Falconers and their birds find good hunting in Kansas
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Last week about 250 people from as far as Australia gathered in Hutchinson to celebrate a sport many centuries old.

"Falconry has been around at least 4,000 years," said Sheldon Nicolle, North American...

Outside: Bird watching with a camera has advantages over the binocular
Outside By Mike Slater

Idaho woman sentenced to community service for killing falcon
COUER D'ALENE, Idaho - A northern Idaho woman who was found guilty in connection to the death of a hunter's falcon has been sentenced to community service.

Kootenai County District Court Judge James Stow on Monday ordered...

Florida teen accused of hitting mom, animal abuse
LAUREL HILL, Fla. - Sheriff's deputy says a 14-year-old Florida Panhandle boy punched his mother during an argument over animal abuse.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says the teen now faces multiple charges of battery...

W.Va. volunteer helps protect macaws
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - For the last month, Jennifer Miller has woken up at 5:30 a.m. to the sounds of howler monkeys and macaws outside of her jungle campsite in the Islita Peninsula of Costa Rica.

Miller, a lifelong animal advocate...

Carpet cleaning powder blamed for pet deaths in Washington
LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Investigators say a carpet-cleaning powder is to blame for the deaths of two pets in Lakewood.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that the cat and bird were...

Sisters are among Indiana?s youngest falconers
BROWNSBURG, Ind. - The hawk sat high in the tree, still and watchful.

Below, three girls, a mother and a father slowly walked through a vacant lot tucked between homes, strip malls and apartments.

In a rough line, the...

Cockfighting ring shut down in Bernville area
A cockfighting ring in the Bernville area was shut down Thursday after the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a tip about the brutal animal fights, officials with the organization said.

Oregon girl wins worldwide support for keeping pet rooster
DUFUR, Ore. - People from all over the world are supporting a 5-year-old girl who is trying to hang on to her pet rooster in the Columbia River Gorge town of Dufur where the mayor says it has to go because of a noise complaint.


Snowy owls roosting in Berks
Perched on the roof of a Penn Township home, the visitor from the north looked a bit out of place.

Following a long trip south from the tundra of northern Canada, the snowy owl was content taking a break for much of New Year's Day to...

Snowy owl visiting Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A snowy owl has made a rare appearance in Florida.

The Florida Times-Union reports ( ) that one of the Arctic birds has been spotted since last week in Little Talbot Island State Park....

Retired South Carolina man raising hundreds of birds

FLORENCE, S.C. - Some people might have issues with their life going to the birds, but Billy Powers relishes it.

For more than 20 years, he has raised more than 300 breeds and sizes of chickens, ducks, pheasants, doves,...

Injured bald eagle facing challenges
Concern is growing over the future of an injured bald eagle undergoing rehabilitation at Red Creek Wildlife Center in Schuylkill County.

Peggy Hentz, the center's founder, said the majestic bird's broken right leg may not be...

2 eagles, police dog enliven the day for La Salle Academy students
There was fur, and there were plenty of feathers.

But on a recent day at La Salle Academy in Shillington, the very different visitors made it a point not to cross paths.

At a "Fun Friday" celebration to mark the end of the...

80 parrots in need of a good home
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Maybe ten times a week, someone calls Steve Lazicki looking to get rid of a parrot.

They're too loud, too demanding and sometimes just too long-lived.

Now, the shelter that Lazicki calls his...

Saving the parrots: Texas A&M team sequences genome of endangered macaw birds
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 8, 2013 - In a groundbreaking move that provides new insight into avian evolution, biology and conservation, researchers at Texas A&M University have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a...

Pet duck beaten to death in Longswamp Township, state police say
Someone beat a pet duck to death and tried to set two vehicles on fire at a man's home in Longswamp Township, state police said Thursday.

Troopers said that between March 15 and March 30, someone went to the residence of a...

Vermont officials: It's time to remove bird feeders
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is urging people to take down their bird feeders to avoid attracting hungry bears emerging from their winter dens.

Col. David LeCours of the department recommends...

Cockfighting felony bills filed in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. - Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States.

John Goodwin, HSUS' director of animal cruelty...

N.C. woman rescues, rehabilitates all types of birds
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The thump was a familiar sound to Cherry Oaks resident Billie Lennon. A bird had struck the large window in her den and was lying stunned on the ground.

It appeared the bird was injured, Lennon said, and she was...