Science

Hummingbirds Shake Their Tail Feathers to Generate High-Pitched Sounds

Hummingbirds Shake Their Tail Feathers to Generate High-Pitched Sounds

— Some male hummingbirds have special feathers that audibly vibrate as they zoom around to impress females. Listen here.
Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Makes Unexpected Debut in Jamaica

Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Makes Unexpected Debut in Jamaica

— Scientists aren't sure whether the appearance is a range expansion or a migration mishap. Either way, it's a sign of the species' recovery.
10 Outrageous Ways Birds Dance to Impress Their Mates

10 Outrageous Ways Birds Dance to Impress Their Mates

— Nature has way better moves than the Funky Chicken.
The Secret Lives of Black Rails, and the Scientists Who Seek Them

The Secret Lives of Black Rails, and the Scientists Who Seek Them

— Deep in Louisiana marshes, the Black Rail is a master of stealth. Now, a tactical team is shining a light on the species, with hopes to demystify its behavior and win it protections.
Will You Still Love the Hot Duck When He Looks Like This?

Will You Still Love the Hot Duck When He Looks Like This?

— Big changes are coming for Central Park’s beloved bachelor. Mandarin fans, meet molting.
Puffins Amp Up Their Sex Appeal With Glowing Beaks

Puffins Amp Up Their Sex Appeal With Glowing Beaks

— New research adds the Atlantic Puffin to a growing list of birds with features that react to ultraviolet light.
Confirmed: Two Endangered Seabirds Have Been Rediscovered on Oahu

Confirmed: Two Endangered Seabirds Have Been Rediscovered on Oahu

— Thought to be extinct on the Hawaiian Island for centuries, Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels were found using acoustic monitoring.
Meet the Heart and Soul of America's Oldest and Largest Bird Count

Meet the Heart and Soul of America's Oldest and Largest Bird Count

— Geoff LeBaron has led Audubon's Christmas Bird Count for the last 32 years, long before crowdsourcing scientific data was in fashion.
Impending Wall Construction Looms Over Bird Count at U.S.-Mexico Border

Impending Wall Construction Looms Over Bird Count at U.S.-Mexico Border

— For 60 years, birders have spent a winter day tallying birds at this unique ecological crossroads where work on the barrier will begin in February.
EPA Says Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants Is No Longer ‘Appropriate and Necessary’

EPA Says Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants Is No Longer ‘Appropriate and Necessary’

— To justify its position, the agency is choosing to blatantly disregard the health impact to humans and wildlife, critics warn.
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