Science

In a Surprising Scientific Find, Enormous Crab Kills Booby on Camera

In a Surprising Scientific Find, Enormous Crab Kills Booby on Camera

— A researcher studying coconut crabs in the Chagos Islands never expected to capture gruesome video evidence of one preying on a Red-footed Booby.
Toxic Fishing Tackle Is Hampering Loon Recovery in New Hampshire

Toxic Fishing Tackle Is Hampering Loon Recovery in New Hampshire

— A new study shows that lead poisoning is the leading cause of death for the state's Common Loon population.
The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

— But having such huge peepers comes with pros and cons.
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.
Secrets of Scat: What an Albatross’s Diet Reveals About Fisheries

Secrets of Scat: What an Albatross’s Diet Reveals About Fisheries

— By studying fish DNA in albatross guano, scientists can infer where and how the birds cross paths with dangerous fishing vessels.
A Closer Look at How Vultures Lazily Circle in the Air

A Closer Look at How Vultures Lazily Circle in the Air

— Hyper-sensitive backpack trackers are giving researchers a detailed summary on how thermal coasting really works.
How Wildfires Affect Birds

How Wildfires Affect Birds

— Big burns are natural, but climate change could make especially destructive fire seasons the new normal.
Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities

Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities

— Preserved birds and digital photos help pinpoint levels of black carbon and the changes that led to its decline.
We Finally Know How Bright Lights Affect Birds Flying at Night

We Finally Know How Bright Lights Affect Birds Flying at Night

— A new study, based at New York City's 9/11 tribute, shows that artificial lights lure birds from their migratory routes.
This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators

This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators

— When attacked, the North American walnut sphinx lets out a full-body scream that can reach up to 80 decibels in volume.