Oyster farming doesn’t really bother threatened shorebird

Oyster aquaculture has little impact on shorebirds, such as the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile every year.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds agriculture food earth-and-environment oysters

Innovative birds have lower risk of extinction

Birds who can innovate in how they forage for food face lower risk of extinction, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation birds extinction earth-and-environment

Cats don’t roam far, but they do lots of killing

Is your outdoor cat a wildlife-killer? "We found that house cats have a two- to 10-time larger impact on wildlife than wild predators—a striking effect."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation birds pets cats lizards featured earth-and-environment predators

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: africa birds anthropology money society-and-culture ancient-history shells jewelry

Birds indicate homogenization’s threat to biodiversity

"One of the most critical and conspicuous ways that diversity is changing is by changing the distribution of species across space." Bird "census" data indicate the risks.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds earth-and-environment land

Some bird flocks are a lot like K-pop groups

Birds in flocks with many different species change the way they hunt to better work as a team. It's a little like boy bands, one researcher says.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds insects science-and-technology predators

Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change conservation birds fish temperature oceans ecosystems featured earth-and-environment

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds memory sleep brains learning science-and-technology singing motor-skills

These bird species are new to science

Researchers have discovered five bird species and five subspecies of birds completely new to science.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds new-species science-and-technology

Big beaks help puffins keep their cool

Overheating can be a problem for puffins that have to fly long distances to find food to feed their chicks. An oversized beak helps them stay cool

Cynthia Lee-McGill • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: birds temperature science-and-technology flight

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