Science

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.
In Sagebrush Country, Drilling Brings Nest-Raiding Rodents

In Sagebrush Country, Drilling Brings Nest-Raiding Rodents

— Scientists and federal experts are finding that habitat restoration in oil and gas fields can have unexpected consequences for Wyoming's songbirds.
Two Widely Used Pesticides Found to Disorient and Sicken Migrating Songbirds

Two Widely Used Pesticides Found to Disorient and Sicken Migrating Songbirds

— A new study shows that relatively low doses of chlorpyrifos or imidacloprid can be detrimental to small birds like sparrows.
In a Surprising Scientific Find, Enormous Crab Kills Booby on Camera

In a Surprising Scientific Find, Enormous Crab Kills Booby on Camera

— A researcher studying coconut crabs in the Chagos Islands never expected to capture gruesome video evidence of one preying on a Red-footed Booby.
Toxic Fishing Tackle Is Hampering Loon Recovery in New Hampshire

Toxic Fishing Tackle Is Hampering Loon Recovery in New Hampshire

— A new study shows that lead poisoning is the leading cause of death for the state's Common Loon population.
The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

— But having such huge peepers comes with pros and cons.
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.