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Amazon’s Alexa Is Ready to Help You Learn Bird Calls

Amazon’s Alexa Is Ready to Help You Learn Bird Calls

— The virtual assistant can now access more than 2,000 birds sounds from the Audubon library—as long as you say the magic words.
Is That a Robo-Bird or Real Lady? For Male Sage-Grouse, Either Will Do

Is That a Robo-Bird or Real Lady? For Male Sage-Grouse, Either Will Do

— Gail Patricelli is one of a few researchers using robotic birds to study avian courtship. Her current work focuses on the Greater Sage-Grouse.
Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

— Weather maps are essential for researchers shadowing birds on the move. Pairing radar with eBird data will take migration tracking to the next level.
A New Nest-Tracking App Lets Researchers Retire Their Notebooks

A New Nest-Tracking App Lets Researchers Retire Their Notebooks

— Created by a software designer with help from ornithologists, NestStory brings collecting bird data into the digital age
To Help Birds Fly Safely, This Scientist Wants to Crank Up the Noise

To Help Birds Fly Safely, This Scientist Wants to Crank Up the Noise

— Can sounds warn avians to slow down and avoid dangerous collisions? A lab study using 'pink noise' shows promise.
How Genetically Modified Mice Could One Day Save Island Birds

How Genetically Modified Mice Could One Day Save Island Birds

— CRISPR, a new gene-editing technology, has the potential to help scientists combat invasive predators. But is tinkering with nature worth the risk?
A Beginner’s Guide to Recording Bird Vocalizations

A Beginner’s Guide to Recording Bird Vocalizations

— Capturing songs and calls can open a whole new level of birding—but equipment can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Why Geospatial Data Is Vital to the Future of Endangered Species Lists

Why Geospatial Data Is Vital to the Future of Endangered Species Lists

— Satellite tracking and remote sensing might help save birds from going extinct, but collecting and applying the results can be complicated.
Putting Merlin's New Bird Photo ID Tool to the Test

Putting Merlin's New Bird Photo ID Tool to the Test

— We tried out the app's newest feature using photos from an SLR camera, smartphone pictures, and even our subpar art skills.
A Tiny Parrot Wearing Goggles Is Teaching Scientists How Birds Fly

A Tiny Parrot Wearing Goggles Is Teaching Scientists How Birds Fly

— A daring experiment, led by a bird named Obi, is overturning what scientists know about how birds stay airborne.