Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 50. Sunrise is 6:55 AM and sunset 4:26 PM for 9h 30m 49s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 95.8% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.
Claudia Chiappa and Dustin Wlodkowski report Wily Roadrunner Visits Maine By Hitching Ride in Moving Van From Las Vegas:
Even the fastest birds need to hitch a ride sometimes, it seems.
A curious roadrunner was found in a moving van that had traveled from Las Vegas to Westbrook, Maine, this weekend, police said.
A surprised father and his son spotted the bird — the one made famous by the coyote-evading Looney Tunes cartoon — in the back of their van on Saturday while unloading it at a storage facility after a four-day, cross-country trip in Nevada, according to Avian Haven, a nonprofit wild bird rehabilitation center in Maine.
After finding the surprise passenger, the men contacted the Westbrook Maine Police Department and, eventually, reached wildlife experts at Avian Haven. A volunteer from the area was able to catch the elusive roadrunner with help from the family that had inadvertently transported it, and it was moved to the center.
The roadrunner is now safe and waiting to be returned to its original home. The bird was in “remarkably good shape for having been confined in the van for four days,” officials from the center said in a Facebook post.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Arizona Game and Fish Department have been communicating about possible transfer plans, The Portland Press Herald reported on Monday.
As of Thursday, arrangements were still being made for what will likely be a direct air trip from Logan airport in Boston to Las Vegas.
“The shorter amount of time a bird is on an airline, the better,” said Doug Nielsen, a conservation education supervisor with the Nevada Department of Wildlife explaining that there will be coordination between his agency, the State of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sometimes a roadrunner story is only a roadrunner story…