American birds are in dire straits, 2 new reports warn
Climate change and habitat loss will push hundreds of U.S. birds near the brink of extinction this century, scientists say, forcing many iconic species to adapt, move somewhere else or go down with the ship.
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.
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 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’ 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.
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.
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.