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The science behind birds' singing in their sleep

In the complex world of avian behavior, researchers have discovered a fascinating phenomenon: birds sing while sleeping. Scientists observed muscular contractions in a bird's vocal tract to decode the quiet melodies of their nightly reveries. Let us begin a scientific quest to discover the Read More...

Ivory-billed woodpecker

Formerly "extinct" woodpecker still alive and pecking in Louisiana forests

Last year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FSW) declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct. That, however, proved to be a premature move. That’s according to a team of researchers, bringing a new glimmer of hope for the bird’s existential status after reporting the woodpecker alive and Read More...

Blue-throated macaw against a blue sky

Bolivia’s blue-throated macaws are making a macaw-m back

Blue-throated macaws were thought to have died out in the wild, but over the past few years, more than 100 of them have hatched in nesting boxes in Bolivia. Rainforest Trust has been working with local partners to protect and grow these birds' habitats so they don't go Read More...

Birdwatchers visit an island in the rain.

How birdwatchers are incentivizing habitat conservation in Alaska

Alaska is world-renowned in specific tourism sectors—namely those related to rail, ship, and cruise lines. However, there is a thrumming ecotourism industry that has been overlooked: birdwatching. Back in 2019, the US was home to 12.82 million birdwatchers. In 2020 this number jumped to Read More...

European common toad (bufo bufo) looking out of in shallow water.

To ecologists’ surprise, toads can climb trees

Toads were always known as terrestrial creatures, spending their time on both land and in water… until now. To ecologists’ surprise, a group of volunteers surveying dormice and bats in trees made the accidental and unexpected discovery that toads also dwell in trees. How did they discover Read More...

Wrongfully accused bird watche

Wrongfully accused bird watcher gets his own TV show

In May 2020, Christian Cooper was bird-watching in Central Park when his life was changed forever. Simply trying to catch the sight of some of the 200 species that live there, the now 59-year-old ended up being caught in a racially charged attack. After Cooper asked a woman to keep her dog on a Read More...

Starling Murmuration

How do massive flocks of starlings fly in perfect unison?

Have you ever watched a flock of birds fly, turn, and dive in what seems like perfect unison? You might look at this and assume that a lead bird is determining the directions of the flock, or that they are collectively responding to small changes in the wind.  All of those are good guesses, but Read More...

Nature landscape at dawn. Silhouette birds migrating flying in a row over a lake water sun on the colorful sky during sunset over the mountains at Krasiao Dam, Suphan Buri, Thailand.

Why birds migrate so far and how you can help them

Spring is in the air. This exquisite time of year signals the birth of new life, warmer weather, greener trees, and the return of migrating birds. In North America, most birds migrate to some extent, with more than 30 species traveling between climates in the U.S. and tropics each year. A bird Read More...

Female Eastern Bluebird with Nesting Material on Flowering Eastern Redbud Branch

Want more nesting birds in your garden during spring? Follow these 5 tips

The warmth of spring and summer, also brings along with it the company of local and migrating birds. To simultaneously maximize your chances of viewing these beautiful creatures while supporting them and your garden’s ecosystem during this period, here's five gardening tips to follow. Ensure Read More...

Beautiful sunset in Nepal's Chitwan National Park

Nepal opens its first bird sanctuary in a win for endangered species

Good news for endangered bird species around the world as Nepal has just opened the first official bird sanctuary in the country.The protected area is home to about a dozen bird species, including the great hornbill and the Indian spotted eagle. These bird species are globally threatened. In a bid Read More...