Science

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.
Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

— Even when fruits of invasive plants are abundant, migratory songbirds seek out native berries, according to new research.
These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

— Red-billed Oxpeckers and their critically endangered hosts aren’t the only avian-mammal pairings with a mutually beneficial bond.
When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

— Flowers are beginning to bloom, and hummingbirds are starting to return from their southern winter sojourns. Here’s a regional guide for when they should arrive and the food they’re seeking.