Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

We tagged Andean condors to find out how huge birds fly without flapping

One bird we tagged flew for 172km without a single flap.

Emily Shepard, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, Swansea University • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds argentina

How bird life may be affected by roads – and what to do about it

My research into Britain's birds found 77% of species varied in abundance around roads.

Sophia C Cooke, Research Associate, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife-conservation roads

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

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

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

Stork chicks hatch in UK for first time in 600 years – why that's great news for British wildlife

Storks – those harbingers of new life – are breeding in Britain again.

Oliver Metcalf, PhD Researcher in Ornithology, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds ornithology bird-conservation rewilding wetlands species-reintroductions

You're not going far from home – and neither are the animals you spy out your window

With careful observation, you can start to recognize that one sassy squirrel or the cardinal pair who call your neighborhood home.

Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: birds wildlife squirrels urban-wildlife habitat lizards birdwatching rabbits wildlife-ecology migratory-birds bird-watching

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment covid-19 birds nature animals wildlife goats

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Ponds create 'insect chimneys' which are a boon for hungry farmland birds.

Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: biodiversity birds insects agriculture bird-conservation farmland ponds

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