August 25, 2015 |
Birds' numbers have plunged sharply over the last half-century. Loss of habitat, damage from predators, and widespread use of aerial pesticides that kill their insect diet decimated the populations of common nighthawks and chimney swifts in New Jersey and across the birds' breeding range in the United States and Canada. The numbers of both have dropped by about 2 percent a year since 1966, based on bird counts in designated tracts, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
August 14, 2015 |
THERE WAS enough age, injury and struggle along the Eagles' offensive line last season to warrant changes in a group that entered 2014 as the unquestioned strength of the team. Normally, though, when a team tries to rework a unit, it will sign a significant free agent or two, maybe draft a couple of guys, preferably in the early rounds. The Eagles didn't do that. They cut one of their offensive leaders, 10-year veteran right guard Todd Herremans, then did the same with left guard Evan Mathis, who wanted more money, fresh off appearing in the two most recent Pro Bowls.
August 1, 2015 |
Debbie Reindl was on her way to buy pet food Wednesday at the Centerton Shopping Center in Mount Laurel when she noticed a bird flopping in a field next to the Costco store. Reindl, 57, of Mount Laurel, went to investigate and found several geese dead or wounded, and a man armed with a shotgun. Reindl recorded what followed. She posted the two-minute, 42-second video to Facebook, eliciting cries of outrage and accusations of animal cruelty. "That is horrible," Reindl is heard saying, her voice shaking, as she records the man with his right foot planted on the wounded, struggling bird's neck.
July 25, 2015 |
Two of the funniest and most creative fellers in New Zealand, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, met while they were studying theater and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Both have had interesting careers as performers and writers. Waititi is an accomplished comedian and actor. And, beginning in 1998, Clement toured with his music-and-comedy band (well, the band was really just a duo) Flight of the Conchords. HBO featured them on a comedy special in 2007 before designing a smash sitcom with them, simply titled Flight of the Conchords . In the pair's 2014 feature, the sidesplitting vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows , they combined to create a film that truly hits comedy pay dirt.
July 9, 2015 |
Through a season of injuries, Union rookie Eric Bird hasn't gotten on the field for a Major League Soccer game. But he said he was grateful that the team allowed him to leave for a few days to attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Bird, 22, had a special rooting interest. He is dating midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22 was the youngest member of the World Cup team. The two met while both were attending Virginia and have been dating nearly two years. "It was an extremely proud moment of mine going there," Bird said after the Union's practice Tuesday at PPL Park.
June 21, 2015 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Less than 50 years ago, there were more herons than vacationers in southern Stone Harbor. Southern Seven Mile Island was recognized as a "veritable paradise for birds" as early as the late 19th century. As many as 9,000 herons nested at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary in the 1960s and early 1970s - an incredible number for a 21-acre site, according to Wetlands Institute executive director Lenore Tedesco. But by 1983, there were only about 1,000 birds, as the site had fallen victim to overdevelopment and the intrusion of invasive species.
June 19, 2015 |
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
June 15, 2015 |
THE MAN who once was certain that Rich Kotite was the guy to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title is now spending a not-so-small fortune to pick your next president. Norman Braman, the billionaire South Florida car dealer who disappeared from his native Philadelphia two decades ago after a mostly reviled stint as owner of the Birds, is back in the public eye with a brand new model. He's the No. 1 booster of his state's junior Republican senator, Marco Rubio, for the White House in 2016.
June 12, 2015 |
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
June 1, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. To make sure you know where we are, this is the Middletown with several Levittown neighborhoods in its southern half. The portion of the township that has Langhorne as its mailing address is home to Oxford Valley Mall and Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, et al, at Sesame Place. Middletown Township, Bucks County, as opposed to the Middletown Township in Delaware County. This Middletown "is an interesting township for real estate," says Martin Millner, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside in neighboring Yardley.