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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a new film that documents the important ecological relationship between horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds.

Gov. John Carney is among those scheduled to get a preview of the film Tuesday at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington.  The film will premiere to the general public on Saturday as part of a Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs day at the museum.

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a stretch of ocean beach at Cape Henlopen State Park have reopened now that the nesting season for piping plovers has come to an end.

Officials say the beach area between Gordons Pond and Herring Point, and beachfront along the oceanside of The Point on Cape Henlopen have reopened, making the beach accessible for fall surf-fishing.

But the bay side of The Point will remain closed until Oct. 1 to accommodate migratory birds that pass through Delaware on their way to wintering grounds to the south.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Coastal Bays Program says 14 migratory bird nests that included 40 gull eggs have been illegally removed from a hotel in Ocean City.

Media outlets report that in May, the manager of the Comfort Inn on the Ocean City boardwalk ordered maintenance staff to remove all bird nests from the roof. Some of the eggs were hatching at the time, but MCBP spokeswoman Sandi Smith says none of the birds survived.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is pushing a conservation bill favoring the Baltimore oriole and other migratory birds.

The Maryland Democrat said Thursday that the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee approved his bill to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

The act promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 350 bird species. Reauthorization would provide funding for the research.

 OYSTER, Va. (AP) - The nation's space agency and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up to further understanding of migratory bird habitats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

NASA and the conservation group have signed an agreement that will provide a base for the agency's precipitation science programs and at the same time study those migratory patterns.

Under the agreement, the Conservancy is providing access to NASA at the Virginia Coast Reserve near Oyster. There NASA will place weather radar, rain gauges and other instruments to measure precipitation on a global scale.