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    Video of gull swallowing a squirrel whole is totally normal and fine, say researchers [CBC Radio]
    A viral video of a herring gull swallowing an entire squirrel whole has many people shocked and horrified. But the people who study these birds, including College of the Atlantic W.H. Drury Professor of Ecology/Natural History John Anderson, say there’s nothing to be alarmed about.
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    What exactly does a petrel chick smell like? [Down East]
    Great Duck Island is a notoriously tough place to land a boat. There’s no dock, just a steep, slippery ramp on the island’s exposed south side, which can only be approached in a Zodiac on a day when seas are under four feet. But one afternoon late last September, a pair of students from Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic finessed the landing and hauled hundreds of pounds of boat and passengers partway up the ramp—saving us not only from slipping but also from the dreaded “ass slapper,” a ledge where breaking waves tend to soak one’s derriere.
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    Gnam is Goldwater scholar
    Ornithologist and conservationist Eleanor Gnam ’23 is the recipient of a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.