Science

The Real Reason Behind This Year’s Bizarre Spoonbill Sightings

The Real Reason Behind This Year’s Bizarre Spoonbill Sightings

— The exotic pink birds appearing up north are part of a larger wading bird wave, driven by this summer's breeding boom on the Gulf Coast.
It's Hard to Know When a Species Is Extinct. A Mathematical Model Could Help.

It's Hard to Know When a Species Is Extinct. A Mathematical Model Could Help.

— The first results show that eight rare birds are goners. Conservationists hope they can use the science to focus on species with a chance of survival.
A Popular New Migration Tool Could Save Birds from Deadly Building Collisions

A Popular New Migration Tool Could Save Birds from Deadly Building Collisions

— BirdCast can accurately forecast the biggest migration movements days in advance. This is good news for birds and birders alike.
In Alaska, Starving Seabirds and Empty Colonies Signal a Broken Ecosystem

In Alaska, Starving Seabirds and Empty Colonies Signal a Broken Ecosystem

— Mass die-offs and breeding failures, now ongoing for years, have marine biologists worried that this is a new normal caused by climate change.
Shrikes Have an Absolutely Brutal Way of Killing Large Prey

Shrikes Have an Absolutely Brutal Way of Killing Large Prey

— Famous for impaling their victims, these songbirds first use a special maneuver to break the necks of small rodents.
This Bizarre Bird Is a Master of Choreography

This Bizarre Bird Is a Master of Choreography

— Queen Bey would approve.
How the House Sparrow Conquered the World Is Encoded in Its Genes

How the House Sparrow Conquered the World Is Encoded in Its Genes

— The species, found in urban areas around the globe, can digest starchy grains—which helps explain its close bond with people and its love of pizza.
Why Maine's Baby Puffins Are Growing So Slowly This Year

Why Maine's Baby Puffins Are Growing So Slowly This Year

— Many pufflings still have their immature downy feathers and have yet to fledge—signs of climate change tampering with seabird diets and survival.
Bird Population Plummets in Piñon Forests Pummeled by Climate Change

Bird Population Plummets in Piñon Forests Pummeled by Climate Change

— In just a decade, three quarters of birds vanished after drought, heat stress, and beetles killed millions of piñon trees in the southwest.
Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Harmful to Children and Birds Within 60 Days

Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Harmful to Children and Birds Within 60 Days

— Last year the agency revoked a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, which causes brain damage, against the recommendation of its own science.