Associated Press

Wisconsin whooping cranes hit important nesting milestones

Pair of cranes has nested at White River Marsh Wildlife Area for the first time, expanding the nesting range in the state in Green Lake County and acting as an important backup to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Meanwhile, two cranes nesting in Necedah are the first to nest in the state resulting from a released “parent-reared” crane.

Birders flock to Ohio, bring early boost to tourist season

Along with “The Biggest Week in American Birding” festival, observers are in northwest Ohio to see birds, primarily the tiny warblers that make the woodlots and marshes near Lake Erie a rest-and-refuel stop on a migratory path that covers thousands of miles from their wintering grounds in the tropics to their nesting areas in the northern forests.

Indiana beekeepers turn to biology to save colonies

A rusty patched bumblebee. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Standing feet from around 250,000 bees, Ellie Symes spoke about the nearly 4.25 million more The Bee Corp. is in the process of acquiring. The fact that she is allergic earned a casual mention. “I used to bee-keep in dresses,” Symes said, adding that she hadn’t always been allergic…