September 16th, 2010
08:53 AM ET

Crossing guards needed for crabs

A crab crosses Provincial Highway 26 in Taiwan.

Help wanted: Crossing guards.

Job description: Escort female crabs across a busy highway during the peak of spawning season.

Think you’re the right person for the job? Apply to Kenting National Park in Taiwan. The park put out the word Thursday that it needs help protecting female land crabs as they migrate from inland areas to coastal spawning grounds. To get there, they need to cross Provincial Highway 26.

Crushed crustaceans are a common sight along the highway, so the park administration will close parts of it for three days this month and three days in October, the Taipei Times reported Thursday.

During other times, park administration is asking motorists to slow down and posting yield-to-the-crabs signs. Officials are also asking for volunteers to carry the creatures across the highway to the ocean.

Officials say there are more than 30 species of land crab in the park, making the park and its surrounding areas the richest habitat for land crabs in the world, according to the Taipei Times report.

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September 16th, 2010
08:06 AM ET

3,634 dead birds collected in Gulf, wildlife service says

A laughing gull wallows in sludge in June on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the first time is breaking down the species of oiled birds collected - alive and dead - in the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 BP well blowout.

As of Tuesday, 4,676 birds had been collected; 3,634 of those were dead. Of the dead birds, 1,226 were visibly oiled.

Of the dead birds, the largest numbers are laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182). FULL POST

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September 16th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

8:00 am ET - Porteous impeachment trial - The impeachment trial of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Porteous enters its fourth day on Capitol Hill.

9:00 am ET - OMB Director hearing - The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing to consider the nomination of Jacob Lew to become the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.


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