Cathedral bells ring out as New Zealand welcomes godwits after longest migration

City of Nelson welcomes arrival of migratory bird after 10,000km of non-stop flight from the Arctic.

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City flights: birds flocked to urban areas as Covid kept people home, study finds

Birds, and perhaps other animals too, benefitted from a respite in human activity in North America, research suggests.


Your lawn is an 'ecological dead zone.' The case for replacing it with native plants

Entomologist Doug Tallamy says ditching half of our lawn space could make room for planet-saving biodiversity.

Oil-soaked birds found near oil spill at refinery after storm

Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida.

Can birds help us avoid natural disasters?

Researchers think birds can hear hurricanes and tsunamis—a sense they’re hoping to tap into to develop a bird-based early warning system.
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Teaching machines to ID birdsongs to save imperiled species

The first publicly available soundscape recordings of bird sounds with more than 16000 annotations will help teach computer models to identify bird species.

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Birds' eye size predicts vulnerability to habitat loss

A lost “treasure trove” of bird samples reveals how eye shape changes with environment

How climate crisis made my British butterfly hunt a race against time

The naturalist Stephen Moss finally achieved his aim to see all 61 of the UK's butterfly species. But those that thrive on the margins could vanish as temperatures rise.

California's water crisis comes for the birds

For years, California rice farmers have aided bird migration by flooding their fields in the off season. But this year, they barely have enough water to grow their crops.

The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they perform.

More than 1,000 cases of mysterious bird disease reported in Pennsylvania

More than 1,000 potential cases of a mysterious disease affecting songbirds were reported across Pennsylvania during the July 4th weekend. That’s up from just 70 at the beginning of the month.

Some birds, mammals, and fish are shrinking. Blame climate change

Climate change is messing with the size of animals around the world, from birds to mammals to fish.

Wildfire smoke impacts what birds we see, hear according to UW study

Birds are the most efficient breathers of all terrestrial vertebrae, extracting more oxygen per unit of air than any other species. That would seem to make them particularly vulnerable to air pollution.

Migratory birds aid the redistribution of plants to new climates

Birds that travel long distances can disperse seeds far and wide. An assessment of the timing and direction of European bird migration reveals how these patterns might affect seed dispersal as the planet warms.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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