Ornitho-logic

Risking Life and Limb in Antarctica to Find the Frozen Ancestors of Birds

— Extreme fossil hunting on the icy outcrops at the bottom of the world.

To Catch a Predator

— Want to be a raptor bander? You'll need live bait, a taco trap, a good hand cream, and years of licensed training.

Bird CSI: A Loon, a Swollen Spleen, and a Mysterious Disease

— Pathologists documented the first death of a loon in New England from avian malaria. Here’s how they got from corpse to diagnosis.

How Pulling Weeds Can Save Australia's Seabirds

— A group of determined Australians are on a mission to reclaim a former island paradise for shearwaters and penguins.

Why Counting Piping Plovers in the Bahamas Is Harder Than It Sounds

— Plovers are one of the tiniest shorebirds—and taking a census of them is one giant feat.

Watch a Snowy Owl Recoup From Surgery at an NYC Wildlife Rehab Center

— When an injured visitor was grounded before a blizzard, a city full of bird lovers came to its aid.

When Your Day Job Is Counting Eagles (and Other Awesome Birds of Prey)

— There’s nothing glamorous about the life of a field tech—and for some, that’s the appeal.
A male Red Crossbill takes advantage of the burnt pine forest, where he'll find plenty of seeds thanks to newly opened cones. Beth Siverhus

How One Birder Went from Enthusiast to (Almost) Scientist

— By day Minnesota native Beth Siverhus is a medical technologist, but in her off hours, she’s a bit of a bird superhero.
A male Blakiston’s Fish Owl, seen here clutching a young masu salmon in its beak, is just one of several hundred birds left in the Primorye region. Jonathan Slaght/WCS Russia

How Loggers Can Help Save the Endangered Fish Owl

— Researchers have spent nearly a decade studying these elusive birds. Now loggers are stepping up to protect them.

Chasing Birds Across the Country…for Science

— A team of researchers radio-tags various species to learn more about them. The catch: They have to follow them as they fly.