birds http://www.kplu.org en With defense money, scientists swap eggs to reverse lark's decline http://www.kplu.org/post/defense-money-scientists-swap-eggs-reverse-larks-decline <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Wildlife biologists are employing a little trickery to stop the downward spiral of a rare grassland bird in Western Washington. On Friday, biologists took eggs from healthier larks in Oregon and swapping them into western Washington nests, hoping the lark mothers don&#39;t notice.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:43:19 +0000 Tom Banse 2222 at http://www.kplu.org With defense money, scientists swap eggs to reverse lark's decline Bird watchers (and sandhill cranes) flock to eastern Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/bird-watchers-and-sandhill-cranes-flock-eastern-washington <p>Thousands of their fans will greet them, but the onlookers will be outnumbered by approximately 25,000 to 35,000 sandhill cranes making a stop in eastern Washington. &nbsp;The birds stand up to 4 feet tall, and stop in the Othello area every March at the Columbia National Wildlife refuge on their way to summer breeding grounds in Alaska.</p><p>For the past 14 years Othello <a href="http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org/sandhill-cranes/index.php">has celebrated the rite of spring</a> and welcomed&nbsp;birdwatchers&nbsp;with the annual Othello&nbsp;Sandhill&nbsp;Crane Festival. The video below is from the festival&#39;s web site.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBw9Ms--_Bk&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:17:27 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 1082 at http://www.kplu.org Bird watchers (and sandhill cranes) flock to eastern Washington