migratory birds

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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.