The Same Pesticides Linked to Bee Declines Might Also Threaten Birds

— Neonicotinoids are washing off of their host seeds and into water bodies—threatening not just aquatic insects but the birds that rely on them.
Black Vultures perch on oil pipelines near Yasuní National Park, Ecuador. Neil Ever Osborne

As Oil Companies Dig Into Yasuní National Park, Ecuadorians Are Fighting Back

— Considered the most biodiverse place in the world, the Yasuní is in danger of being ruined through the exploitation of its natural resources. And time is running out to save it.
A palm oil mill in operation at a plantation in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Global production of the oil has doubled in the past decade and is set to do so again by 2020. Paul Hilton

As the Global Demand for Palm Oil Surges, Indonesia’s Rainforests Are Being Destroyed

— Tracts of land are being cleared to make way for palm plantations, releasing vast quantities of CO2 and giving poachers easy access to endangered Helmeted Hornbills.

Lost at Sea: Starving Birds in a Warming World

— The Pacific Coast saw record numbers of dead Cassin’s Auklets this winter. We dive in to see what went wrong.