Birds

Opinion: We're tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth |  CNN

Opinion: We’re tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth | CNN

Editor’s note: Jane Alexander is the former president of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of Audubon, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the American Bird Conservancy. Alexander is the author of “Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth”. She is also a Tony …

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Opinion: We're tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth |  CNN

Opinion: We’re tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth | CNN

Editor’s note: Jane Alexander is the former president of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of Audubon, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the American Bird Conservancy. Alexander is the author of “Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth”. She is also a Tony …

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How rare regent honeyeaters learn their mating song despite fears of extinction

How rare regent honeyeaters learn their mating song despite fears of extinction

The numbers of one of Australia’s rarest birds, the regent honeyeater, are so low that this breeding season conservationists have struggled to spot any in the wild. Key points: There are 250 to 350 regent honeyeaters left in the wild A study concluded that if nothing was done to help the species, it would be …

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Fossil disrupts more than a century of knowledge about the origin of modern birds

Fossil disrupts more than a century of knowledge about the origin of modern birds

Artist’s reconstruction of the last known toothed bird, Janavis finalidens, in its native environment surrounded by the concomitant “wonderchicken”, Asteriornis. 66.7 million years ago, parts of Belgium were covered by shallow seas and conditions were similar to modern tropical beaches in places like the Bahamas. Janavis was a very large seabird, with long wings and …

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The Earth's Most Unique Birds at High Risk of Extinction: Studying 99% of All Living Bird Species

The Earth’s Most Unique Birds at High Risk of Extinction: Studying 99% of All Living Bird Species

Agami heron (Agamia agami). Credit: Joe Tobias Bird species with extreme or uncommon combinations of traits face the highest risk of extinction, a new study finds. The results are published in the journal Functional ecology. A new study by researchers at Imperial College London reveals that the planet’s most unique birds are also the most …

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canada goose over wetlands

A Million Migratory Birds Expecting Kansas Wetlands to Find Dust

Large sections of Kansas, usually green and lush, are very dry due to the drought, which is expected to impact many bird species migrating to the area. Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas is the largest inland wetland in the United States and is located approximately 110 miles northwest of Wichita. An image of a Canada goose …

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What the birds tell us about the climate can unite a polarized political system

What the birds tell us about the climate can unite a polarized political system

As we emerge from the last election cycle, it may seem that every issue in American politics has become polarized. But as our newly elected leaders take office, we have a critical opportunity to build consensus on one of the most pressing issues facing us today: protecting our planet from growing climate threats. The truth …

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US grants protections to rare Midwestern bird as prairie suffers

US grants protections to rare Midwestern bird as prairie suffers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – The U.S. government on Thursday announced protections for two populations of a rare grassland bird found in parts of the Midwest, including one of the nation’s most prolific oil and gas fields. The range of the Little Prairie Chicken covers part of the oil-rich Permian Basin along the New Mexico and …

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