Science

How Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change Threaten Birds

How Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change Threaten Birds

— While wildfires are natural parts of many landscapes in North America, today's megafires pose new challenges to birds and people.
How Wildfires Affect Birds

How Wildfires Affect Birds

— Big burns are natural, but climate change could make especially destructive fire seasons the new normal.
Why the Northwestern Crow Vanished Overnight

Why the Northwestern Crow Vanished Overnight

— The loss of a species should always capture our attention, but it need not always demand our grief.
Marine Heatwaves Can Scatter Ocean Wildlife More Than a Thousand Miles

Marine Heatwaves Can Scatter Ocean Wildlife More Than a Thousand Miles

— A new study finds that these extreme events at sea can rapidly redistribute habitats and animals, including fish and seabirds.
Three Ways You Can Do Bird Science From Your Couch

Three Ways You Can Do Bird Science From Your Couch

— Researchers could use birders' sharp eyes to help with these digital community-science projects.
Truffles Aren't Just for Foodies—Some Birds Love Them, Too

Truffles Aren't Just for Foodies—Some Birds Love Them, Too

— A growing body of research shows that more species eat truffles than we realize, benefitting the mushrooms and the trees they grow on.
In Los Angeles, Rich Neighborhoods Enjoy More Street Trees and a Lot More Birds

In Los Angeles, Rich Neighborhoods Enjoy More Street Trees and a Lot More Birds

— City-owned trees—especially native species—offer important habitat for urban birds, a study finds. But the benefits aren't evenly distributed.
 The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

— A grassland species named for an ornithologist who later became a Confederate general, the longspur has sparked a fiery debate over which honorific bird names should be reconsidered. Some say all of them.
How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

— A modified dialect of male song began in a local population in western Canada and, in two decades, traveled to birds more than 1,800 miles away.
Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

— New research shows that fish eggs don't just survive the journey through a mallard's digestive system intact, but they can still be viable.