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Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

— Teaming up helps these agile raptors take on animals twice their size. But we’re still not sure why they stand on each other.
The Little Blue Heron's Color Swap

The Little Blue Heron's Color Swap

— When young, the birds are white, but by the time they reach adulthood, they become dark blue. Why?
Scientists on the Trail of One of the World’s Rarest Birds Are Treated to a Special Show

Scientists on the Trail of One of the World’s Rarest Birds Are Treated to a Special Show

— The story behind the Stresemann’s Bristlefront's re-emergence shows that conserving an endangered species can reap rewards for others.
Dark-eyed Juncos, Backyard Gems, Come in a Dazzling Array of Colors

Dark-eyed Juncos, Backyard Gems, Come in a Dazzling Array of Colors

— The six flavors of junco were long considered separate species. Recent science shows that they instead boldly exhibit evolution in real time.
Want a Training Ground for Your Birding Skills? Try Patch Birding

Want a Training Ground for Your Birding Skills? Try Patch Birding

— Birders around the world are immersing themselves in nearby nature, and you can, too.
The Greater Sage-Grouse’s Most Important Habitat Is on the Auction Block

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s Most Important Habitat Is on the Auction Block

— Every parcel up for grabs in this week’s federal oil and gas lease sale is in the bird’s territory, despite earlier agreements to steer the industry away.
Take the John James Audubon ‘Birds of America’ Quiz

Take the John James Audubon ‘Birds of America’ Quiz

— We've chosen excerpts from 15 of JJA's original writings. Can you guess which bird he was describing?
The National Parks Have a Diversity Problem. This Couple Has Been Working for 20 Years to Fix It.

The National Parks Have a Diversity Problem. This Couple Has Been Working for 20 Years to Fix It.

— Audrey and Frank Peterman want any and everyone to get outside and get involved in the environmental movement.
Remembering Tom Cade, the Father of Peregrine Falcon Conservation

Remembering Tom Cade, the Father of Peregrine Falcon Conservation

— Cade founded The Peregrine Fund and led the effort to save the raptor after its American population plummeted from DDT. Fellow falconer and friend Tim Gallagher looks back on his legacy.
What Are Wattles For?

What Are Wattles For?

— That flap of bumpy red skin hanging off a male turkey's face is both functional and fashionable.
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