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Bird Nest with Cowbird Egg (Dave Westrich)
Bird Nest with Cowbird Egg (Dave Westrich)
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The Cowbird Invasion Has Begun in the Westrich Backyard

One of those "teaching moments" just occurred this past weekend.  While out playing basketball with my son and daughter, the ball happened to roll to a particular bush.  While retrieving the ball, I spied a bird's nest inside the bush.  After looking a little more closely, I realized that the eggs inside the nest were not the same.

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(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Bee Colonies and Populations are on the Decline and I Feel Guilty

I was mowing the other afternoon and my lawn (weeds primarily) had grown fast and thick thanks to all of the rain we've had.  I had lots of clover, which added a light-colored softness to the yard.  As I mowed, I noticed all the many bees that were busy harvesting the pollen from the clover; bumblebees, honey bees and other little creatures that look like bees.

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Henderson County Humane Society Needs Your Help in Severe Animal Abuse Case [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

UPDATE 6/5/14: According to Fox 19 in Louisville
is sitting up, eating well and even wagging his tail less than a week after someone attempted to decapitate him in Henderson County.
Last week, some residents in Reed, outside Henderson, KY, found a black lab scuffling with neighbor dogs. They noticed some wounds but thought they were from his rec

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Watch These Cats Getting Stuck in Jars

Cats love to squeeze into tight spaces: barely open drawers, the gap between the wall and the couch, and, of course, cat-size jars.

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Ticks are Ready to Spread Lyme Disease to You

I keep my grass mowed, weeds cut down as much as I can, and yet, my dogs seem to find the ticks wherever they are hiding.  That's because the dirty little blood suckers are transported from place to place on other animals, where they lay their eggs.  Then the eggs hatch and the ticks are successfully spread practically everywhere.  Sure, my dogs have an insecticide treatment every month, but we humans don't and therein lies the problem.  We humans have to be concerned about Lyme disease.

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Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
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Sign Up for Summer Zoo Camp with Mesker Park Zoo

If you're trying to find activities for your kiddos this summer, you need look no further than the west side of Evansville. The Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Summer Camp is a great experience for your kids!

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I Wish I Were a Dairy Cow in Norway or Bosnia-Herzegovina

I realize how the title may make you raise your eyebrows, but that’s only because you may not know what I know.  I recently read an Associated Press article regarding the treatment of cows in Norway on one particular farm in Kozarac, Bosnia-Heregovina.  In those places,

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Corona is Pretty Much the Cutest Puppy Ever Created – BONUS: WHS Pet of the Week

Corona's mother, Clover came to the WHS a couple of months ago from a Kentucky kill shelter very pregnant. She went into foster care and had her puppies - all of which have been adopted except Corona. WHS thinks Clover and Corona have border collie and husky or Australasian shepherd.  The adoption fee for Corona is $200 and $130 for his mother.

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(David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Do You Share Your Bed with Your Pet? [Poll]

Many people wouldn’t dream of having their pets sleep in bed with them, while other’s wouldn’t dream of sleeping without their pets.  I don’t sleep with my dogs and cats, although I’ve been guilty of letting them climb in bed with me on special occasions.  Sometimes it’s fun, but I wouldn’t do it on a regular basis.  So what do animal professionals say about this topic?  What do veterinarians, veterinary technicians and office managers do with their pets?

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Get an Inside Peek at the New History Exhibit at Mesker Zoo and Botanical Garden

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden has been a staple in the Evansville community for decades. Many of us have grown up with a variety of exotic animals in our "backyard" and the memories surrounding the zoo are abundant.

What most people from my generation don't know is the

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