Science

A Mallard Duckling Is Thriving—and Maybe Diving—Under the Care of Loon Parents

A Mallard Duckling Is Thriving—and Maybe Diving—Under the Care of Loon Parents

— Scientists discovered the surprising bird family on a Midwestern lake, and so far, all parties seem to be getting along swimmingly.
As the Rockies Melt, This Rare Nesting Bird Will Have Nowhere to Go

As the Rockies Melt, This Rare Nesting Bird Will Have Nowhere to Go

— In Wyoming, the Black Rosy-Finch, one of the continent’s least-known, least-accessible birds, may prove a bellwether for a retreating alpine ecosystem—if an intrepid scientist can track its numbers.
These Photos Reveal the Pollination Secrets of Florida’s Most Elusive Flower

These Photos Reveal the Pollination Secrets of Florida’s Most Elusive Flower

— Despite extensive efforts, nobody had ever definitively documented the pollination of the ghost orchid, a mysterious plant that grows in the towering trees of the Everglades—until now.
Hello, Mountain-gem! The 2019 Update To North American Bird Names Is Here.

Hello, Mountain-gem! The 2019 Update To North American Bird Names Is Here.

— An emerging duck trio and some other new labels to consider.
These Birds of Prey Have Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads

These Birds of Prey Have Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads

— With feathers that look like eye spots, some falcons, hawks, and owls are always watching.
Lead Ammo, the Top Threat to Condors, Is Now Outlawed in California

Lead Ammo, the Top Threat to Condors, Is Now Outlawed in California

— Bullet fragments routinely poison California Condors. With cooperation from hunters, the ban could be a turning point for the endangered icons.
Female Cerulean Warblers Chirp Away at Birdsong Stereotypes

Female Cerulean Warblers Chirp Away at Birdsong Stereotypes

— Though females of this species aren't known to sing, that didn’t stop two in Indiana from belting out new tunes.
Did Neanderthals Catch and Kill Golden Eagles for Their Feathers and Talons?

Did Neanderthals Catch and Kill Golden Eagles for Their Feathers and Talons?

— New evidence suggests that the ancient hominids held raptors in high esteem—and might have even passed that practice to us.
Saving Colombia's Forests Is Crucial to Protect Prothonotary Warblers

Saving Colombia's Forests Is Crucial to Protect Prothonotary Warblers

— A new study shows that almost the entire population winters in a region with rampant deforestation—a finding that could help target conservation.
Overcrowding Might be Driving Bald Eagles to Nest on Beaches

Overcrowding Might be Driving Bald Eagles to Nest on Beaches

— On the Virginia Barrier Islands, five ground nests have been found in the past six years—something never before seen on the East Coast.