Science

Even a Little Bit of Oil Can Wreck a Bird's Ability to Fly, New Study Shows

Even a Little Bit of Oil Can Wreck a Bird's Ability to Fly, New Study Shows

— Western Sandpipers with oil on less than one-fifth of their feathers have a tough time flying—a finding that underscores the dangers offshore drilling and spills pose on migratory birds.
Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Have the Foresight to Save Up for the Future

Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Have the Foresight to Save Up for the Future

— A new study proves what birders have long known: Ravens are really, really smart.
As Climate Change Threatens to Push the Bicknell’s Thrush North, Scientists Are Protecting Its Future Habitat Now

As Climate Change Threatens to Push the Bicknell’s Thrush North, Scientists Are Protecting Its Future Habitat Now

— In a warmer world, to save rare species, scientists have to proactively protect their future ranges. For this alpine thrush, that means working with foresters in the Canadian mountains.
The 'Smart Nest Box' Provides a Peek Into the Secret Lives of Birds

The 'Smart Nest Box' Provides a Peek Into the Secret Lives of Birds

— The high-tech nesting boxes catch feathered families on camera for science, education, and pure entertainment.
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?
Goodbye Thayer’s Gull, Hello Cassia Crossbill: This Year's Changes to the Official List of North American Birds

Goodbye Thayer’s Gull, Hello Cassia Crossbill: This Year's Changes to the Official List of North American Birds

— The American Ornithological Society’s 2017 updates are here. Study up.
The Dovekie, a Keystone Arctic Species, Is Changing Its Diet With the Climate

The Dovekie, a Keystone Arctic Species, Is Changing Its Diet With the Climate

— Feeding shifts are helping the seabird survive warming oceans and preserve a reliant tundra ecosystem—at least in the short term.
In the Arid West, Protecting Oases Vital to Birds Requires Creative Solutions

In the Arid West, Protecting Oases Vital to Birds Requires Creative Solutions

— Like people, birds depend on water, relying on it during migration, breeding, and nesting. But increasing pressures on already scarce Western waters have put birds and other wildlife in a perilous situation.
After Binging in Colombia, Thrushes Can Fly Non-Stop to Canada in Mere Days

After Binging in Colombia, Thrushes Can Fly Non-Stop to Canada in Mere Days

— Taking multiple refueling breaks helps some birds fare better during migration. But for Gray-cheeked thrushes, a two-week binge session in Colombia can be all they need to reach North America.
Hornby’s Storm-Petrels Have Found a Home in the Driest Place on the Planet

Hornby’s Storm-Petrels Have Found a Home in the Driest Place on the Planet

— In Chile, a group of volunteer birders found the first-ever recorded nests of this mysterious bird 46 miles away from the coast in the Atacama Desert.