Science

Artificial Lighting May Shift Bird Migration by More Than a Week, New Research Says

Artificial Lighting May Shift Bird Migration by More Than a Week, New Research Says

— Purple Martins exposed to bright nighttime light migrated eight days early—which could lead to starvation at their breeding grounds.
How a Landmark Environmental Law May Have Quietly Saved a Billion Birds

How a Landmark Environmental Law May Have Quietly Saved a Billion Birds

— New research reveals a previously uncounted benefit of the Clean Air Act—at a time when the Trump administration is weakening its protections.
How Researchers Hope to Save the Florida Scrub-Jay From an Inbreeding Crisis

How Researchers Hope to Save the Florida Scrub-Jay From an Inbreeding Crisis

— Human development has caused the bird's gene pool to shrink. An ambitious experiment to relocate scrub-jay families could bring reprieve, while also pointing the way to preserving other threatened species.
What Is Killing Wisconsin's Bald Eagles?

What Is Killing Wisconsin's Bald Eagles?

— For 25 years researchers struggled to find the culprit behind a mysterious illness plaguing eagles around the Wisconsin River. Finally, a clue emerges.
Glistening Glass Sculptures in the Desert Explore Bird Molt and Gender Transition

Glistening Glass Sculptures in the Desert Explore Bird Molt and Gender Transition

— Through science and art, Silas Fischer explores the connection between Gray Vireos and the researcher's own queerness.
Here's Why So Many More Birds Migrate Through the Eastern United States

Here's Why So Many More Birds Migrate Through the Eastern United States

— In this month's Ask Kenn!, bird expert Kenn Kaufman provides a detailed look at how geography shapes the routes of migratory birds.
The Remarkable Life of Roxie Laybourne

The Remarkable Life of Roxie Laybourne

— From deep within the Smithsonian, the world’s first forensic ornithologist cracked cases, busted criminals, and changed the course of aviation—making the skies safer for us all.
How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic

How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic

— In 1918, an avian flu virus became a devastating human contagion. Scientist studying shorebirds and waterfowl are hoping they can foresee such events and possibly even prevent them.
Cuts to the Postal Service Threaten an Essential Tool for Conservation

Cuts to the Postal Service Threaten an Essential Tool for Conservation

— Scientists who rely on the mail to gather data and run bird studies worry about what could be lost without reliable delivery.
Recent ‘Megafires’ Imperil Even Fire-Loving Forest Birds

Recent ‘Megafires’ Imperil Even Fire-Loving Forest Birds

— Many birds, such as owls and woodpeckers, thrive in forest habitats created after fire. But the hotter, bigger, more destructive megafires out West might be too much even for them.