Climate

Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

— Cooler water and abundant fish led to loads of plump little pufflings.
Are Birds Nesting Earlier So Their Chicks Don’t Overheat?

Are Birds Nesting Earlier So Their Chicks Don’t Overheat?

— A naturalist's 100-year-old field notes show that California birds now nest a week earlier to stay cool and compensate for global warming.
Five Reasons Why Ditching the Clean Power Plan Is Shortsighted and Reckless

Five Reasons Why Ditching the Clean Power Plan Is Shortsighted and Reckless

— The repeal effectively amounts to additional years of unfettered carbon pollution with no end in sight. Here’s why you should care.
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.
Climate Change Has Whooping Cranes Starting Their Spring Migration Earlier

Climate Change Has Whooping Cranes Starting Their Spring Migration Earlier

— Warmer temperatures mean Whooping Cranes migrate north earlier, and south later, between the Gulf Coast and Canadian breeding grounds.
The Ambitious Plan to Save Chesapeake Bay’s Shrinking Saltmarshes

The Ambitious Plan to Save Chesapeake Bay’s Shrinking Saltmarshes

— The marshes are falling apart. Hope for them—and for the birds and people that call them home—comes with mud, grass, grit, and optimism.
Without Federal Help, Local Efforts Add Up in the Climate Fight

Without Federal Help, Local Efforts Add Up in the Climate Fight

— According to two reports, states, cities, and businesses are on track to meet half the U.S. pledge to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement.
What's at Stake: Adapting to Climate Change

What's at Stake: Adapting to Climate Change

— Dennis Ojima helps Great Plains ranchers adapt to the local impacts of climate change—namely, drought. But if Trump's budget goes through, funding for the nation’s climate science centers would also dry up.
The 'I'iwi, a Besieged Hawaiian Forest Bird, Is Now Listed as Threatened

The 'I'iwi, a Besieged Hawaiian Forest Bird, Is Now Listed as Threatened

— Placing the native honeycreeper under federal protection marks what scientists hope will be the beginning of a long road to recovery.