The effects of bird flu ripple through one Iowa county, the hardest hit in the nation

The effects of bird flu ripple through one Iowa county, the hardest hit in the nation

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s60/audio/2022/06/0617bvbirdfluweb.mp3 Nearly 5.5 million chickens and turkeys have died or had to be destroyed in Buena Vista County, Iowa, during the latest bird flu outbreak — more than in any other county in the nation. That’s impacted producers, as well as workers and their families. Colin Johnson has been around turkeys for nearly seven decades. … Read more

4-H kids happy to see bird show ban lifted | Columnists: Nick Hytrek

4-H kids happy to see bird show ban lifted |  Columnists: Nick Hytrek

SLOAN, Iowa — All spring, Addy Johnson feared a repeat of 2015, when the poultry barn at the Woodbury County Fair featured none of her feathered friends. “I’d go in there and look at the rabbits and the other side was empty and it was sad,” Addy said. Avian influenza, or bird flu, had swept … Read more

Office Cats Laid Off as Companies Close

Office Cats Laid Off as Companies Close

Zhaocai is out of a job. Two months away from the office and locked down at an unfamiliar apartment, he’s withdrawn into himself, becoming more suspicious of strangers. He spends much of the day sleeping, or keeping to himself quietly. At night, he gets into bed and mewls for attention. Zhaocai is part of a … Read more

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a box | Local News

It’s a bird;  it’s a plane;  it’s a box |  Local News

Finally! I’m so tired of waiting a whole day, often two days to get my electric toothbrush, vitamins or weed-trimmer battery delivered to my door. Before long, we will be getting our Amazon packages within a half hour of ordering. Nearly a decade ago Amazon founder Jeff Bezos promised drones would be delivering Amazon packages … Read more