Science

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.
The Silent Flight of Owls, Explained

The Silent Flight of Owls, Explained

— Even large owls, like Barred and Barn Owls, manage to fly nearly silently through the trees. How do they pull it off—and why?
New Research Further Proves Native Plants Offer More Bugs for Birds

New Research Further Proves Native Plants Offer More Bugs for Birds

— The study found that oaks and other native trees deliver a major chunk of the Carolina Chickadee’s insect-intensive diet.
These Birds Like to Wear Makeup

These Birds Like to Wear Makeup

— Only a handful of species in the world exhibit a rare behavior that researchers call 'avian cosmetics.' Why, though, isn't always clear.
Watch: Female Hog Island Osprey Defends Remaining Chick From Great Horned Owl

Watch: Female Hog Island Osprey Defends Remaining Chick From Great Horned Owl

— Having already lost two chicks to the raptor, Rachel has been remaining close to the nest and on high alert in a fascinating display of adaptation.
Even a Little Bit of Oil Can Wreck a Bird's Ability to Fly, New Study Shows

Even a Little Bit of Oil Can Wreck a Bird's Ability to Fly, New Study Shows

— Western Sandpipers with oil on less than one-fifth of their feathers have a tough time flying—a finding that underscores the dangers offshore drilling and spills pose on migratory birds.