Science

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.
Scientists Are Unraveling the American Robin's Surprisingly Mysterious Migration

Scientists Are Unraveling the American Robin's Surprisingly Mysterious Migration

— Researchers hope new studies of these widespread birds will reveal their movements—and tip us off to disease outbreaks and other threats.
False Springs: How Earlier Spring With Climate Change Wreaks Havoc on Birds

False Springs: How Earlier Spring With Climate Change Wreaks Havoc on Birds

— An early spring may sound lovely after a long winter, but can be disastrous for wildlife.
As Hurricanes Increase in Intensity, How Will Birds Respond?

As Hurricanes Increase in Intensity, How Will Birds Respond?

— Hurricanes don't affect all birds in the same way, but a changing climate that makes storms more intense pose serious threats
When In Drought…

When In Drought…

— When it comes to droughts, the costs of climate change are too high for both birds and people.