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Fracking Linked to Reduced Songbird Nesting Success

The central Appalachian region is experiencing the country's most rapid growth in shale gas development, or fracking. And now we have better insight about how this activity is impacting the region’s songbird populations. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological...

Brainpower Wins Over Brawn When a Male Hummingbird Displays for a Mate

When male animals compete over mates, it’s often a showy affair. But for one Costa Rican hummingbird, mental prowess holds the edge over mere physical flamboyance. New experiments show that dominant male Long-billed Hermits have better spatial memories and sing more...

Study Finds Managing California’s Iconic Shrubland Ecosystem Can Devastate Wild Bird Populations and Increase Wildfire Risk

A new study finds that managing chaparral imperils wildlife and wild bird populations and increases wildfire risk. On the tail of California's most destructive and expensive year of firefighting ever, it might seem obvious that vegetation removal would reduce the risk...

Blue Tits with White Cheeks are More Titillating

A new bird study shows that the male Eurasian blue tits with white cheeks are healthier and more likely to mate with higher quality partners than their counterparts with duller cheek feathers. Health and Attractiveness Linked to White Cheek Feathers Male blue tits...

Small Birds Are More Energy Efficient Flyers Than Bats

Small birds are more energy efficient flyers than bats because birds have more energy efficient wing strokes. Researchers previously believed this was due to air resistance created by the bats' ears. But now biologists at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that...

Mammals and Birds Could Have Best Chance of Surviving Climate Change

New research from the University of Faculty of Science British Columbia (UBC) analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals and shows that mammals and birds – both warm-blooded animals – may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth's...

Cornell University Creates First Solar-powered Bird Tracking Device

Cornell University researchers have created a lightweight and long-lasting solar bird tracker device. This solar wildlife tag addresses the challenge of having heavy batteries on bird trackers for small bird species or limited lifespan of such devices. By going solar...

Warming Temperatures May Cause Birds to Shrink

Research finds maximum temperatures a more significant influence on body size than cold weather Biologists know that animals living in colder climates tend to have larger bodies as an adaptation to reduce heat loss. However, the American Ornithological Society reports...

Birds Stressed Out By Noise Show Signs of PTSD

The Washington Post reports scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History found that some birds are so stressed by noise pollution that they exhibit the same physiological symptoms as a human suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists...

Peregrine Falcons are Flying High Again in Return to Irish skies

Study indicates 400 breeding pairs across Ireland of the fastest bird in the world - the Peregrine Falcon The Irish Times reports that the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is making a slow and steady comeback in Ireland, according to a recent survey of...

Fracking Linked to Reduced Songbird Nesting Success

The central Appalachian region is experiencing the country's most rapid growth in shale gas development, or fracking. And now we have better insight about how this activity is impacting the region’s songbird populations. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological...

Blue Tits with White Cheeks are More Titillating

A new bird study shows that the male Eurasian blue tits with white cheeks are healthier and more likely to mate with higher quality partners than their counterparts with duller cheek feathers. Health and Attractiveness Linked to White Cheek Feathers Male blue tits...

Small Birds Are More Energy Efficient Flyers Than Bats

Small birds are more energy efficient flyers than bats because birds have more energy efficient wing strokes. Researchers previously believed this was due to air resistance created by the bats' ears. But now biologists at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that...

Mammals and Birds Could Have Best Chance of Surviving Climate Change

New research from the University of Faculty of Science British Columbia (UBC) analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals and shows that mammals and birds – both warm-blooded animals – may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth's...

Cornell University Creates First Solar-powered Bird Tracking Device

Cornell University researchers have created a lightweight and long-lasting solar bird tracker device. This solar wildlife tag addresses the challenge of having heavy batteries on bird trackers for small bird species or limited lifespan of such devices. By going solar...

Warming Temperatures May Cause Birds to Shrink

Research finds maximum temperatures a more significant influence on body size than cold weather Biologists know that animals living in colder climates tend to have larger bodies as an adaptation to reduce heat loss. However, the American Ornithological Society reports...

Birds Stressed Out By Noise Show Signs of PTSD

The Washington Post reports scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History found that some birds are so stressed by noise pollution that they exhibit the same physiological symptoms as a human suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists...

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