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It wasn't the attention that killed the owl. Nor a predator. Nor toxins near Scajaquada Creek. Most likely, it was rat poison. The 2-year-old female Great Horned Owl found dead last month under its perch at Forest Lawn appears to have been poisoned by its prey. Preliminary results from wildlife pathologists determined the owl's likely cause of death was from…

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Two years after February 2015 set the mark for the coldest month in Buffalo's history, this year's version of February will be a record-breaker of its own – on the other end of the thermometer. February 2017 featured a record-breaking day in the 70s last Friday, two other days in the 60s and five more days of at least 50 degrees or better. It appears it will go into the…

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For only the third time in Buffalo's weather recorded history dating back to 1870, the temperature reached 70 degrees in February. The city shattered the city's daily record for warmth Friday that dated back 111 years to a time when Theodore Roosevelt occupied The White House. The mercury officially soared to 71 degrees between about 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., breaking th…

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A sharp cold front will cross the Buffalo Niagara region Saturday, blowing the weather from May back to late February. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a wind advisory for Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Chautauqua counties from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The winds are being gener…

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Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb won’t be known until Wednesday. But February will go out like spring, summer, fall and winter as a panoply of the seasons will be on display over the next four days, forecasts show. Wild swings in Buffalo weather aren’t uncommon during transition months as warm and cold air masses fight for control of the atmosphere above …

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Who doesn't like watching frogs? You'll need special training to become part of FrogWatch USA, but then you can join an international team of citizen scientists by monitoring frog populations in the wetlands throughout the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga. The training will take place at 7 p.m. March 21 at the preserve, 93 Honorine Dr. State Departme…

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Light sweaters already are replacing winter parkas. Crocuses are peeking out of the ground already. And ski poles are even being swapped for golf clubs in some spots. Late April’s weather is apparently spending winter break in the Buffalo Niagara region this week. High temperatures are forecast in the 50s and 60s through Friday. Although Tuesday’s 59-degree hig…

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Nearly 40 new wells are proposed for installation at the former site of the coke oven at Lackawanna's Bethlehem Steel site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The wells are on the former steel plant property across the Hamburg Turnpike from last November's fire site and not associated with the cleanup of that location. The new wells woul…

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The International Joint Commission wants to hear what Buffalo residents think of efforts to improve the Great Lakes. The organization will hold a round table discussion and a public meeting March 28 at the WNED-WBFO studios at 140 Lower Terrace, the headquarters of Great Lakes Today. The commission, comprised of commissioners from the United States and Canada, has tw…

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Many local schoolchildren will be out of classes next week for midwinter break, but the weather outside will feel more springlike. A dramatic change in the weather pattern starting Friday will usher in temperatures 10 or more degrees above normal by the weekend. The warm-up is forecast to extend into next week, according to the National Weather Service: Saturd…

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Above-average temperatures in December, January and the first half of February has kept most of Lake Erie wide open. That leaves the Buffalo Niagara region vulnerable to lake-effect snow when it grows cold and the conditions ripen. The next round of lake-effect snow could come Wednesday and Thursday south of Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service. …

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No one knows yet what killed the great horned owl at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A bird watcher found the owl beneath a tree on Friday with no obvious signs of trauma, so it does not appear to have died in the claws of a hawk or other predator. Could it have eaten a poisoned rat? Did toxins around the Scajaquada Creek cleanup project kill it? Or did it just die of natural …

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The Niagara Parks Commission starting this week will present “Northern Owls,” a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that offers a look into the intriguing world of owls. This family-friendly exhibit is the first of the commission’s planned Rooted initiatives, developed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both the Niagara and Ontario. It will r…

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There won't be a lot of snow but just enough will fall this afternoon to slow up commuters heading home for the weekend with snow-covered and slippery travel. The National Weather Service forecasts up to two inches of snow will fall through early evening. Weather service forecasters in a special weather statement issued just before 3 p.m. said "a broad area of light …

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There will be some kind of show in the sky this evening. An eclipse of a full "snow moon" and a passing comet will don the skies above. Although the East Coast would have the best view, unless you're headed west of Indianapolis, east of Boston or up in an airplane, there's a slim chance of seeing it from the Buffalo Niagara region. That's because forecasts show ne…