Science

Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

— Weather maps are essential for researchers shadowing birds on the move. Pairing radar with eBird data will take migration tracking to the next level.
To Help Birds Fly Safely, This Scientist Wants to Crank Up the Noise

To Help Birds Fly Safely, This Scientist Wants to Crank Up the Noise

— Can sounds warn avians to slow down and avoid dangerous collisions? A lab study using 'pink noise' shows promise.
What Can Birds Tell Us About Air Pollution?

What Can Birds Tell Us About Air Pollution?

— Birds are among the first to know when it gets harder to breathe. But there's little research on how they're affected and how many die.
Are Birds Aware of Their Camouflage? A New Study Suggests So

Are Birds Aware of Their Camouflage? A New Study Suggests So

— Ground-nesting birds didn't just settle in spots that matched their species' markings—they hunkered down where their own patterns blended best.
How Weird Will Wildlife Get During the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

How Weird Will Wildlife Get During the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

— To find out, two smartphone apps will give amateur naturalists and astronomers the ability to record their observations during the event.
How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A DuPont Settlement Provides a Model

How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A DuPont Settlement Provides a Model

— A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable.
Female Birdsong Is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves

Female Birdsong Is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves

— A new community-sourced project is tackling the gender and geographical skew in avian song research.
Good Grammar Is a Matter of Life or Death for Japanese Tits

Good Grammar Is a Matter of Life or Death for Japanese Tits

— These chatty birds string their sentences together in a specific order to rally friends and fend off foes.
Being a Good American Kestrel Dad Comes at a Cost

Being a Good American Kestrel Dad Comes at a Cost

— Why do male kestrels lose out to females for the best wintering sites? It goes back to their roles as breadwinners during the breeding season.
Mites Take Flight on Hummingbird Beaks

Mites Take Flight on Hummingbird Beaks

— Sean Graesser’s larger-than-life photos reveal a fascinating, tiny world where hummingbirds carry passengers aloft.