Science

The Bomb Cyclone Forced Hundreds of Killdeers to Bermuda

The Bomb Cyclone Forced Hundreds of Killdeers to Bermuda

— The birds typically stay on the U.S. mainland all winter, but this month's extreme weather resulted in an influx of visitors to the island.
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.
Birding the Burn

Birding the Burn

— On their annual Christmas Bird Count, a group in California's wine country returns to a landscape transformed by fire.
An Introduction to Imping, the Ancient Art of Feather-Mending

An Introduction to Imping, the Ancient Art of Feather-Mending

— The practice has been described by kings, mentioned in Shakespeare, and is regularly performed at rehabilitation clinics everywhere.
We Now Know the Real Range of the Extinct Carolina Parakeet

We Now Know the Real Range of the Extinct Carolina Parakeet

— After sifting through historic records—and forgeries—a researcher created a much more accurate map of where the bird lived.
The Amazing Story of the Cold War Space-Egg Race

The Amazing Story of the Cold War Space-Egg Race

— You’ve probably heard of Laika, the space dog, and Ham, the space chimp. But what about Kentucky, the space chicken?
Fossils Buried Deep in Lava Tubes Hold Secrets to Hawaii's Avian History

Fossils Buried Deep in Lava Tubes Hold Secrets to Hawaii's Avian History

— Helen James mixes spelunking and paleontology to piece together the lives of the island's extinct and endangered birds.
Galapagos Finches Are Proving to Be the Poster Birds of Evolution Again

Galapagos Finches Are Proving to Be the Poster Birds of Evolution Again

— Except this time, there’s a major twist.
To Understand How Hummingbirds Feed, Think of Them As ‘Feathered Bees’

To Understand How Hummingbirds Feed, Think of Them As ‘Feathered Bees’

— Bee science is inspiring a new generation of scientists probing how hummingbirds navigate their flowery environments.
New Aquatic Dinosaur Find Is a Strange and Startling Avian Hodgepodge

New Aquatic Dinosaur Find Is a Strange and Startling Avian Hodgepodge

— A swan-like neck, penguin-like flippers, and a duck-like posture combine to make a bizarre new addition to the world of dinosaurs.