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July 25, 2016

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July 25, 2016

July 22, 2016 — Northern Michigan University students who participated in a recent field ornithology class recorded interactions with more than 175 bird species in various habitats. They saw raptors pepper the sky ... read more

July 15, 2016 — New observations on urban versus rural birds shed light on the effects of human population expansion on wildlife, say authors of a new report. ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Scientists have shown that newly hatched ducklings can readily acquire the concepts of 'same' and 'different' -- an ability previously known only in highly intelligent animals ... read more

It's All in the Genes: New Research Reveals Why Some Chickens Are Resistant to Bird Flu

July 14, 2016 — The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed. Until now, scientists around the world have paid little attention to the ... read more

Alaska's Shorebirds Exposed to Mercury

July 13, 2016 — Shorebirds breeding in Alaska are being exposed to mercury at levels that could put their populations at risk, according to new ... read more

Longest Study of Great Lakes Region Birds Finds Populations Holding Steady

July 12, 2016 — In three national forests -- the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin and the Superior and Chippewa National Forests in Northern Minnesota -- analysis of more than two decades of data ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried ... read more

July 12, 2016 — The ability of finches, sparrows, and many other birds to see a visual world hidden to us has just been ... read more

July 11, 2016 — Dinosaurs are often depicted in movies as roaring ferociously, but it is likely that some dinosaurs mumbled or cooed with closed mouths, according to a new ... read more

Flying Insects Defy Aerodynamic Laws of Airplanes, Researchers Find

July 11, 2016 — The maneuvers of flying insects are unmatched by even the best pilots, and this might be due to the fact that these critters don't obey the same aerodynamic laws as airplanes, a team of ... read more

Research Reveals Why Males Outnumber Females in Bird World

July 7, 2016 — New research reveals why males are outnumbering females in the bird world. Female birds 'fly the nest' from sparsely populated breeding sites leaving behind small groups of lonely males. ... read more

Rhesus Macaques May Be Preying on Bird Eggs in Silver Springs

July 7, 2016 — A new study in Florida is suggesting that that more needs to be learned about animals' habits and impacts so that park staff can make science-based decisions on how to manage non-native ... read more

Songbird Dads Vary Their 'Catering' Duties According to Circumstances

July 6, 2016 — Expecting songbird dads do not always work themselves into frenzy to provide food to their partners sitting on the nest. They take breaks on warmer days, when food is more readily available or if ... read more

King Penguins Keep an Ear out for Predators

July 6, 2016 — Sleeping king penguins react differently to the sounds of predators than to non-predators and other sounds, when they are sleeping on the beach. Research has revealed that even asleep, these penguins ... read more

Birds Get the Green (and Red) Light

July 6, 2016 — Japanese quail grow and breed best under green and red lighting. An important bird in the poultry industry, quail thrive better under these conditions than in white and blue light, according to ... read more

July 5, 2016 — The new species is named Calciavis grandei -- with "calci" meaning "hard/stone," and "avis" from the Latin for bird, and "grandei" in honor of famed ... read more

New Study Confirms That Migration Leads to Larger Wings in Monarch Butterfly Populations

July 4, 2016 — How does migration boosts the size of monarch butterflies? This was the question scientists asked in their recent study, which found that in fact migration can increase the size of wings in these ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Frigate birds were already known for their ability to fly continuously for weeks without landing. A telemetric study of their trajectory and flight strategy has just revealed that they can remain ... read more

Northern Bird Found to Be More Resilient to Winter Weather

June 29, 2016 — Northern wrens are larger and more resilient to winter weather than those living in the south, new research reveals. The research means that populations inhabiting regions where winters are more ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Anyone who's gone camping has seen birds foraging for picnic crumbs, and according to new research, the availability of food in campgrounds significantly alters jays' behavior and may even ... read more

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