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21

Aug

California’s giant solar power plant is ‘scorching’ birdsCutting carbon emissions is important, but ornithologists say one giant solar plant is causing significant collateral damage.

California’s giant solar power plant is ‘scorching’ birds
Cutting carbon emissions is important, but ornithologists say one giant solar plant is causing significant collateral damage.

05

Aug

10bullets:

Owl Face (by beccaxsos)

10bullets:

Owl Face (by beccaxsos)

28

Jul

Why do birds sunbathe?This unusual behavior, which varies by bird species, plays two important roles in protecting healthy feathers.

Why do birds sunbathe?
This unusual behavior, which varies by bird species, plays two important roles in protecting healthy feathers.

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yardsThe birds are contaminated by pesticides in the soils, and residents in the town are asking if they’re at risk as well.

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards
The birds are contaminated by pesticides in the soils, and residents in the town are asking if they’re at risk as well.

Why owls have ‘flat’ facesOwls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

Why owls have ‘flat’ faces
Owls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

23

Jul

Is rescuing ducklings from a roadway an emergency?New Hampshire driver receives a $100 ticket for stopping in a median when she pulls over to help ducklings whose mother had been struck by a car.

Is rescuing ducklings from a roadway an emergency?
New Hampshire driver receives a $100 ticket for stopping in a median when she pulls over to help ducklings whose mother had been struck by a car.

22

Jul

African lake turns animals into statues
Tanzania’s Lake Natron calcifies the animals that die in its waters, and Nick Brandt captures them with eerie photographs.

21

Jul

9 birds that set records for their amazing flights

08

Jul

Impressive wingspan: World’s largest flying bird was like nothing alive todayThe fossils belong to a new type of Pelagornithid, a family of birds that ruled the skies for over 10 million years but vanished for unknown reasons.

Impressive wingspan: World’s largest flying bird was like nothing alive today
The fossils belong to a new type of Pelagornithid, a family of birds that ruled the skies for over 10 million years but vanished for unknown reasons.

06

Jul

Have you seen the new puffin chick yet?
The fuzzy gray chick will spend about 45 days in a burrow with its parents, and webcam viewers can watch 24 hours a day as he grows into an adult puffin.