Science

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.

Do Birds Hide From Predators Even From Inside an Egg?

— Before hatching, shorebird embryos sometimes vocalize to their parents. New research shows they can also quiet down when danger is near.

Audubon Report Shows That Important Bird Habitats are Key Natural Solutions to Climate Change

— Important ecosystems for birds can also store tens of millions of tons of carbon naturally if maintained and restored.
A molting Wood Warbler is posed with its wing outstretched during bird banding on a cocoa farm in Cameroon. Crinan Jarrett

Scientists Make a Sweet Discovery on a West African Cocoa Farm

— Molting Wood Warblers studied on farmland in Cameroon suggest cocoa operations can provide great bird habitat if nearby trees are left standing.
Greater Prairie-Chicken. Ravi Hirekatur/Audubon Photography Awards

The Surprising Reason Scientists Haven't Been Able to Clone a Bird Yet

— Thanks to their eggs, avians are tremendously difficult to clone. But new technologies may provide a workaround for saving at-risk species.

Birds May Hold Clues to the 'Bizarre' Life Cycle of Brood X Cicadas

— Billions of cicadas will emerge in the eastern United States this spring, presenting a once-in-a-17-year opportunity for scientists to understand how they shape populations of birds and other species.