On January 15, 2009, an airplane took off from LaGuardia airport in New York City. Right away, it soared into a flock of Canada geese. Hitting the birds knocked the plane's two engines out. The plane was going down! Pilot “Sully” Sullenberger glided the plane safely into the Hudson River. All 155 people on board survived. People thought of Mr. Sullenberger as a hero. They thought of birds flying around near airports as enemies.
Since then, the three major airports in New York City have hired people to kill birds that hang out nearby. Almost 70,000 birds have been killed since the accident. But no one is sure the plan is working. It looks like the problem is just as bad—if not worse!
People are busy looking for a solution—for planes and birds.
Eleven-year-old Lizzie Anderson learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver years ago. But when she needed it, she was ready. She saved her sister’s life. Now she has won the Girl Scout Medal of Honor.
Lizzie’s eight-year-old sister Addison choked on a peppermint last year while the girls were riding in the backseat of a car. Their grandparents were driving and couldn’t pull over because of heavy traffic. Lizzie unbuckled her seatbelt, wrapped her arms around her sister’s waist, and squeezed. After three tries, the candy popped out.
Dawn Rhodes is the regional executive for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, where Lizzie lives. She told the Daily News Journal that Lizzie doesn’t quite realize how heroic she was. Other girls can follow her example. You never know when first aid skills might save a life!
California has suffered a terrible drought for almost four years. During the drought, people who lived in cities were not allowed to use much water. Animal species suffered as waterways dried up. More than 100 million trees in the Sierra Nevada mountain range died.
But California isn’t looking so dry these days. Rainstorms became so bad last Thursday that people worried about mudslides. Some people used kayaks and canoes to get around flooded areas. Some even used the boats to float through their flooded houses!
Almost half of California seems to have come out of the drought. Californians have waited for this for a long time. Can it really be the end?
Rust Bee Trouble
Have you ever seen a rusty patched bumblebee? These days, they’re pretty hard to find. In fact, they just became the first bee species to be declared endangered.
You can recognize a rusty patched bumblebee by the rust-colored mark on its back section. Once, the bees were very common in the United States. But since the late 1990s, the number of bee colonies seems to have shrunk by 87 percent! That’s a lot of disappearing bees in a very short time.
God designed the bee as a very important part of life on Earth. Bees pollinate plants, allowing them to produce seeds and fruit. Those seeds and fruit feed people and animals.
How can people help the rust bee? Officials say they can plant native flowers and trees and avoid using bee-harming pesticides.
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