Science

Cookies, Honey, Tangerines, Manure—These Birds Have Some Strange Scents

Cookies, Honey, Tangerines, Manure—These Birds Have Some Strange Scents

— There's still a lot scientists don't know about odor in the avian world, but this much is clear: Some species really smell.
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.
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.
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.
Plan to Lift Roadless Protections Will Likely Cause Extinctions in Alaska’s Tongass

Plan to Lift Roadless Protections Will Likely Cause Extinctions in Alaska’s Tongass

— Our biggest national forest is home to species found nowhere else, but proposed logging threatens the habitat they need to survive, writes Natalie Dawson, a biologist and executive director of Audubon Alaska.
Those Big Orange Bills Also Help Puffins Stay Cool After a Workout

Those Big Orange Bills Also Help Puffins Stay Cool After a Workout

— Good for more than just attracting a mate, the clownish feature appears to keep the subpar fliers from overheating.
The Key to the Christmas Bird Count's 120 Years of Success? The People.

The Key to the Christmas Bird Count's 120 Years of Success? The People.

— Drones and trail cams may be increasingly common in avian monitoring, but Audubon's CBC remains dependent on dedicated humans.
Humans Drove the Only Native U.S. Parrot Extinct, Says New DNA Study

Humans Drove the Only Native U.S. Parrot Extinct, Says New DNA Study

— The Carolina Parakeet was ubiquitous in the southeast a century ago. A new genetic study suggests it went extinct abruptly, killed off by people.
North American Birds Are Shrinking, Likely a Result of the Warming Climate

North American Birds Are Shrinking, Likely a Result of the Warming Climate

— A new study found significant declines in bird body sizes after analyzing decades of data collected by Chicago’s Field Museum.
Are Parrots Strategic Eaters—or Just a Bunch of Slobs?

Are Parrots Strategic Eaters—or Just a Bunch of Slobs?

— Research confirms that parrots around the world are messy foragers, but some scientists think it could be a strategy to grow tastier fruit.