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Hummingbirds Owe Their Shimmer to Microscopic Pancake-Like Structures

Hummingbirds Owe Their Shimmer to Microscopic Pancake-Like Structures

— New research shows how extra-complex melanosomes in hummingbird feathers make light dance in fascinating ways.
Everyone Has a Bird Question They’re Waiting to Ask

Everyone Has a Bird Question They’re Waiting to Ask

— If they’re paying enough attention to birds to ask questions, they’re halfway to becoming an advocate for wildlife.
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Some People Call Bald Eagles ‘Trash Birds’?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Some People Call Bald Eagles ‘Trash Birds’?

— Also this month: Why are swirling flocks of starlings called murmurations? And how are nuthatches so good at tree climbing?
No, 5G Radio Waves Do Not Kill Birds

No, 5G Radio Waves Do Not Kill Birds

— Here's the truth behind a Facebook falsehood spreading across the internet.
Snow Caves Keep Ptargimans Cozy on Cold Winter Nights

Snow Caves Keep Ptargimans Cozy on Cold Winter Nights

— When temperatures plummet, some northern birds create burrows to take advantage of snow's natural insulation.
Some Wisconsin Birds Are Already Moving to Canada Due to Climate Change

Some Wisconsin Birds Are Already Moving to Canada Due to Climate Change

— The state's newest bird atlas shows species shifting northward over the past 20 years—a pattern that is being seen nationwide, experts say.
10 New Birds Described in Biggest Avian Discovery in More Than a Century

10 New Birds Described in Biggest Avian Discovery in More Than a Century

— A six-week 2013 expedition to remote islands in the Indonesian archipelago turned up a treasure trove of unidentified songbirds.
A New Bill Aims to Counter the Rollback of a Bedrock Bird Law

A New Bill Aims to Counter the Rollback of a Bedrock Bird Law

— The Migratory Bird Protection Act would buttress the Migratory Bird Treaty Act while accelerating action to save birds from industrial deaths.
Why Great Horned Owls Start Nesting in the Winter

Why Great Horned Owls Start Nesting in the Winter

— When many other birds head south for warmer weather, these raptors pair up and hunker down.
Invasive ‘Jumping’ Worms Are Now Tearing Through Midwestern Forests

Invasive ‘Jumping’ Worms Are Now Tearing Through Midwestern Forests

— The voracious crawlers are now chewing through leaf litter in Minnesota and Chicago and disrupting understory where some birds nest.