Science

Five Tule Geese, which are mostly brown with white bellies and wing edges and orange feet, fly in to land on a pond amid tall marsh grasses. The birds appear blurry in the image because they are in motion.

New Study Is First to Explore How Wildfire Smoke Derails Bird Migration

— Last September, migrating geese wearing GPS tags encountered one of the worst wildfire seasons in U.S. history. Their movements give scientists their first clues about how growing wildfires alter bird behavior.

These Mighty Shorebirds Keep Breaking Flight Records—And You Can Follow Along

— Bar-tailed Godwits regularly travel more than 7,000 miles non-stop. One enthusiast is spreading the word of their amazing migrations, with the help of a research project tracking 20 tagged birds in real-time.

This Iconic Bird of the Everglades Is Moving to the 'Burbs

— White Ibis are natural wanderers, traveling far and wide for a meal. But now some birds are scoring steady grub by settling in around people. What does that mean for the species’ future—and what does it say about ours?

Introduced Avian Malaria Strain Found in Colorado Chickadees

— It's the first time this variant has been detected in a wild, non-migratory North American species, but there's no cause for alarm yet, experts say.

Scientists Just Discovered a Seabird Hotspot. It's Already at Climate Risk.

— Winter cyclones, responsible for killing seabirds every year, are projected to intensify right where millions of birds overwinter in the North Atlantic.

How One Clash With an Iceberg Threw an Emperor Penguin Colony into Disarray

— Climatologists predict an increase in wayward icebergs as warming seas weaken glaciers. A new analysis shows how they threaten penguin survival.

Turning Off Lights at Night Could Halve Bird Deaths On Chicago’s Lakeshore

— An analysis of more than 11,000 birds struck dead by a single building's windows shows turning lights off during migration makes a big difference.

Avian Brood Parasites Are About to Have Their Adaptability Tested

— The future of parasitic birds, which lay their eggs in other nests, is totally dependent on their hosts' ability to adjust to climate change.

See the Emergence and Feast of Brood X Cicadas in All Their Glory

— Photographer Chris Linder captured Brood X cicadas as they tunneled out of the earth, burst from their shells, and were devoured by birds.

What Is a Songbird, Exactly?

— Turns out it’s about more than just carrying a tune.