• Butts in Nests Benefit Birds

    Butts in Nests Benefit Birds0

    We all know by now that smoking is bad for us (even though a lot of people still smoke). But cigarette butts may provide a benefit to urban birds, which use the butts to build their nests. Urban animals are forced to make new adaptations to their surroundings. One issue that city birds must deal

  • Q&A: Science Tilts Toward Safer Windmills

    Q&A: Science Tilts Toward Safer Windmills0

    As fossil fuels become scarcer and more expensive and global climate change looms, the world is turning to alternate energy sources. One particularly popular source is wind power, in which giant windmills (or wind turbines, as the industry calls them) can generate renewable power. But that power does come at a price—turbines have been known

  • Mice Are Able to Learn Songs: Research

    Mice Are Able to Learn Songs: Research1

    It is known that mice are able to sing ultrasonic melodies, far above the hearing range of humans, but they may also be capable of adapting their voices and learning new tunes, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. This finding may put mice in a different category, among humans, birds and a handful

  • Pic of the Day: Albatross

    Pic of the Day: Albatross0

    100 years ago Short-Tailed Albatrosses were almost extinct, after years of being hunted for their beautiful eggs and golden feathers. Today thanks to conservation efforts, there is now a thriving population of 2,700 albatrosses in the world, most of which live on “Bird Island” in Japan. Source: EarthSky Photo: USFWS Pacific / flickr

  • Pic of the Day – Rescued Baby Owl

    Pic of the Day – Rescued Baby Owl0

    Photographer and wild animal rescuer Gavin Parsons – in collaboration with UK rescue centres – created a photo collection of baby birds that were bought in for care. The Baby Bird project serves as both an art and scientific project, highlighting the annual influx of juvenile birds through creating larger than life detailed images to

  • The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration

    The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration0

    Flocking starlings are one of nature’s most extraordinary sights: Just a few hundred birds moving as one is enough to convey a sense of suspended reality, and the flock filmed above the River Shannon contained thousands. Beautiful music included.