COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change biology wildlife colorado ecology nature ducks phenology massachusetts thoreau migratory-birds field-research coronavirus-2020 covid-19

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 wetlands rewilding bird-conservation 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: wildlife birds lizards habitat birdwatching squirrels rabbits wildlife-ecology urban-wildlife 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: wildlife birds goats nature animals environment covid-19

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: agriculture biodiversity birds insects bird-conservation farmland ponds

How to discover the wildlife wonders of your own garden

Domestic gardens offer an oases for urban wildlife, and are a sight for sore eyes during lockdown.

Ian D. Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  birds  gardens  urban-ecology  uk-wildlife  covid-19  self-isolation

Coronavirus: what the lockdown could mean for urban wildlife

With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.

Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  cities  birds  nature  coronavirus  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology  lockdown

Coronavirus: how the lockdown could affect urban wildlife

With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.

Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  cities  birds  nature  coronavirus  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology  lockdown

Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists.

Barbara Fruth, Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  biodiversity  birds  mammals  rainforest  camera-traps  african-wildlife  wildlife-monitoring

Ancient bird skull found in amber was tiny predator in the time of giant dinosaurs

The skull of Oculudentavis, found encased in amber, provides new clues into the transition from dinosaurs to birds and may be smallest of either ever found.

Jingmai Kathleen O'Connor, Senior Professor of Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  paleontology  birds  dinosaurs  fossils  myanmar  amber  feathered-dinosaurs  bones  fossil-record  fossil-skulls  phylogeny

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