Science

Is That a Robo-Bird or Real Lady? For Male Sage-Grouse, Either Will Do

Is That a Robo-Bird or Real Lady? For Male Sage-Grouse, Either Will Do

— Gail Patricelli is one of a few researchers using robotic birds to study avian courtship. Her current work focuses on the Greater Sage-Grouse.
Secrets of Scat: What an Albatross’s Diet Reveals About Fisheries

Secrets of Scat: What an Albatross’s Diet Reveals About Fisheries

— By studying fish DNA in albatross guano, scientists can infer where and how the birds cross paths with dangerous fishing vessels.
A Closer Look at How Vultures Lazily Circle in the Air

A Closer Look at How Vultures Lazily Circle in the Air

— Hyper-sensitive backpack trackers are giving researchers a detailed summary on how thermal coasting really works.
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.
We Finally Know How Bright Lights Affect Birds Flying at Night

We Finally Know How Bright Lights Affect Birds Flying at Night

— A new study, based at New York City's 9/11 tribute, shows that artificial lights lure birds from their migratory routes.
This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators

This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators

— When attacked, the North American walnut sphinx lets out a full-body scream that can reach up to 80 decibels in volume.
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.