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Is That a Robo-Bird or Real Lady? For Male Sage-Grouse, Either Will Do
October 24, 2017
— 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
October 19, 2017
— 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
October 17, 2017
— Hyper-sensitive backpack trackers are giving researchers a detailed summary on how thermal coasting really works.
How Wildfires Affect Birds
October 11, 2017
— 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
October 10, 2017
— 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
October 3, 2017
— 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
October 2, 2017
— 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
September 22, 2017
— 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
September 11, 2017
— 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?
September 1, 2017
— 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.
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