Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open – but lockdown offered a reprieve

Noise pollution can cause long-term stress and harm to wildlife.

Graeme Shannon, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds sleep wildlife lockdown noise-pollution coastal-ecosystems

Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Birders: Use ‘Chipper’ app to catalog songs for research

A new app called Chipper can help birders and citizen scientists share birdsong recordings with scientists.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds research apps earth-and-environment sounds citizen-scientists

Discovering Colombia's rare flora and fauna

An expedition of top UK botanists into previously unexplored rainforest in Colombia found rare species.

By Frank Gardner • bbcnews
June 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds wildlife-conservation kew-gardens colombia

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

Chicken ‘memories’ ease return to ancestral homeland

A study with chickens from Tibet shows that organisms have a kind of "memory" of their ancestral homes that makes adaptation to environmental change easier.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dna evolution climate-change birds genes chickens science-and-technology

Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: biodiversity birds nature animals endangered-species amphibians

Why you may need to encourage social distancing around your bird feeder

Garden bird feeders and water baths could be hotspots for infectious disease transmission.

Harisree Paramel Nair, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds bird-feeding zoonotic-diseases gardens

Epic 7,500-mile cuckoo migration wows scientists

Scientists have tracked a cuckoo's migratory flight from Africa to its breeding ground in Mongolia.

By Frank Gardner • bbcnews
May 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: birds mongolia zambia

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