Birds

Wildlife Rescue in Harvey’s Wake
Article - Short

A Texas wildlife rehabilitation center prepares for a rush of patients.

Lights Out for Hawai‘i’s Seabirds
Article - Short

Scientists hope lasers can save endangered seabirds from power line collisions.

Refuge for the Ridgway’s Rail
Article - Short

Inventive island homes are helping this endangered bird keep its head above water.

Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time
Features

In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists is shedding light on the lives, and deaths, of seabirds.

Nice Egg, but What’s the Point?
Article - Short

Scientists have a new explanation for why guillemots lay such pointy eggs.

All You Can Eat Wings
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Seabirds are the unintended victims of hungry humpback whales.

Hawai‘i Is Being Overrun by Invasive Cannibals
Article - Short

Hawai‘i’s invasive species are scavenging each other’s corpses, sustaining their takeover of the islands.

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
Features

Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Big Bird in the City
Article - Short

If done carefully, great blue heron habitat and urban development can coexist.

Florida’s White Ibises May Be Spreading Disease
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The increasingly urban birds are carrying salmonella. 

Making a More Perfect Penguin
Article - Short

A long-term study shows the subtle hand of natural selection on Argentina’s Magellanic penguins.

The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion
Features

A flawed environmental impact assessment may have consequences for the western sandpiper.

Slime, Shorebirds, and a Scientific Mystery
Features

Could the survival of millions of migrating shorebirds depend on the preservation of humble marine biofilm?

Saving Birds from Oil Spills
Features

Some sources insist that most birds affected by an oil spill will die prematurely, even if they’ve been carefully cleaned. Two experts weigh in on...

Seabirds’ Death-Defying Dives
Article - Short

Some seabirds dive into water at astonishing speeds, so why don’t they hurt themselves?

The Collateral Damage of Yankee Whaling
Infographic

New research shows that 100,000 dead whales were just the tip of the iceberg. 

Decline of Salt Farming Leads to Shorebird Shakeout
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A key habitat for migratory birds, salt pans are threatened by shifting industrial priorities.

Book Review: Holy Mōlī
Article - Short

Author Hob Osterlund introduces readers to the fabled seabirds—and her guardian spirits—through an offshoot population on Kaua‘i.

How to Give a Seabird an Underwater Hearing Test
Article - Short

Scientists are worried marine noise may affect seabirds, but first they have to figure out how to test it. 

Fast Bird, Slow Food
Features

In New Zealand, sooty shearwater populations are being restored with the collective knowledge of Māori harvesters and seabird researchers.

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