Climate refugia: Protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change

Areas with natural buffers from the effects of climate change could play a vital role in conservation efforts. New research helps to better understand them.
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Climate Refugia: Protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change

Areas with natural buffers from the effects of climate change could play a vital role in conservation efforts. New research helps to better understand them.

In Madagascar’s capital, pollution threatens an oasis for birds

Tsarasaotra Park, located in the center of Antananarivo, is one of the few remaining refuges for the waterbirds of Madagascar's highlands. The fast pace of urbanization in the capital is degrading the park's biodiversity and putting the birds at risk.

Hawaii’s invasive predator catastrophe

Endangered seabirds can recover, but only if we control feral cats and other non-native predators, new research finds. (Especially cats.)

Migration numbers plunge for the red knot, a threatened shore bird

Every May, these birds stop in the Delaware Bay on their way to Arctic Canada. But a shortage of food this season puts their flight at risk.

Hear 13 birds flourishing in a newly quiet New York

When the pandemic collided with the spring migration, the sounds of the city changed overnight.

The birds are not on lockdown, and more people are watching them

Bird-watching has surged in popularity during the pandemic. It’s easy to start, and you can do it anywhere — even from inside, and even in urban spaces.

Shifting habitats: Bird migration and climate change

The North American Breeding Bird Survey, a large-scale citizen science project started in 1966, is the basis of a newly-released study on migratory bird habitats and climate change.

Margaret Renkl: America’s killer lawns

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.

Florida grasshopper sparrow will probably go extinct. A conservation effort may be the last hope

Birds bred in captivity have been freed. Biologists are waiting to see whether they will mate with the wild species.

Pandemics aren't just for people: Five disease threats to wildlife

Diseases can cause animal populations to decline or even go extinct. And they’re often worsened by environmental threats caused by people.

As a billion birds fly through Texas, they find a landscape quiet and still

One of the first things people noticed were the birds. Once the stay-at-home orders were in place and the sounds of traffic and business dimmed, the birds seemed louder.

Coronavirus: Outcry as Spanish beach sprayed with bleach

Environmentalists say a misguided attempt to protect residents has damaged a sensitive ecosystem.

Birds that eat fire, pet food and sugar packets to live another day

A willingness to experiment with new foods and ways of foraging may make some birds less vulnerable to extinction.

Pandemic-induced lockdown gives migratory birds and animals a reason to cheer

With reduced human interference and pollution, birds are staying in sanctuaries a bit longer and injuries to marine animals have come down.

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