Bird ‘Fitbit’ and muscle samples indicate fit fliers

New research on the muscles of black-legged kittiwakes suggests some of the birds are simply better athletes than others.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Vampire finches: how little birds in the Galápagos evolved to drink blood

Finches have evolved to feed off blood from red-footed and Nazca boobies – and we've seen it first-hand.

Jaime Chaves, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, San Francisco State University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely

Frank La Sorte, Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Vampire finches: how little birds in the Galápagos got a taste for big bird blood

Finches have evolved to feed off blood from red-footed and Nazca boobies – and we've seen it first-hand.

Jaime Chaves, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, San Francisco State University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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What to feed ducks – according to science

Your local ducks (and other wild birds) will thank you.

Sara Burt, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Public Health, Utrecht University • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

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Bird charity warns of harm from new wind farm

The Hornsea Three development lies 75 miles off England's largest sea bird colony in Yorkshire.

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Jan. 2, 2021 ~6 min

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Forest fires really do benefit spotted owls

Contrary to current perceptions and forest management strategies, wildfires may actually benefit populations of spotted owls.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Dancing starling spectacle solves power cut mystery in Airth

Engineers investigating the unexplained outages found they were caused by murmurations of starlings.

bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2020 ~3 min

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From permafrost microbes to survivor songbirds – research projects are also victims of COVID-19 pandemic

Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.

Miriah Kelly, Assistant Professor of Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~10 min

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Flightless birds were more common before human-driven extinctions – new study

Evolution towards flightlessness has been much more common through history than scientists once thought.

Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology , UCL • conversation
Dec. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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