Climate

Albatross Populations Suffer a Double Whammy of Human Activity

Albatross Populations Suffer a Double Whammy of Human Activity

— Climate change and bycatch are creating a ‘toxic cocktail’ for seabirds on an Antarctic island.
Permanence Is Just an Illusion

Permanence Is Just an Illusion

— In the wake of an especially destructive hurricane season, conservationists and urban planners are grappling with how to protect coastlines—and are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration.
Can These Seabirds Adapt Fast Enough to Survive a Melting Arctic?

Can These Seabirds Adapt Fast Enough to Survive a Melting Arctic?

— On a remote Alaskan sandbar, under the watchful eye of a devoted scientist for more than four decades, climate change is forcing a colony of seabirds into a real-time race: evolve or go extinct.
Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

— Cooler water and abundant fish led to loads of plump little pufflings.
Are Birds Nesting Earlier So Their Chicks Don’t Overheat?

Are Birds Nesting Earlier So Their Chicks Don’t Overheat?

— A naturalist's 100-year-old field notes show that California birds now nest a week earlier to stay cool and compensate for global warming.
Five Reasons Why Ditching the Clean Power Plan Is Shortsighted and Reckless

Five Reasons Why Ditching the Clean Power Plan Is Shortsighted and Reckless

— The repeal effectively amounts to additional years of unfettered carbon pollution with no end in sight. Here’s why you should care.
How Wildfires Affect Birds

How Wildfires Affect Birds

— Big burns are natural, but climate change could make especially destructive fire seasons the new normal.
Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities

Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities

— Preserved birds and digital photos help pinpoint levels of black carbon and the changes that led to its decline.
Climate Change Has Whooping Cranes Starting Their Spring Migration Earlier

Climate Change Has Whooping Cranes Starting Their Spring Migration Earlier

— Warmer temperatures mean Whooping Cranes migrate north earlier, and south later, between the Gulf Coast and Canadian breeding grounds.
The Ambitious Plan to Save Chesapeake Bay’s Shrinking Saltmarshes

The Ambitious Plan to Save Chesapeake Bay’s Shrinking Saltmarshes

— The marshes are falling apart. Hope for them—and for the birds and people that call them home—comes with mud, grass, grit, and optimism.