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Birds are forgetting their songs, scientists say

March 18th, 2021

Bird songs are awesome. You probably don’t pay them much mind, but the songs of birds are known to be soothing to humans, regardless of the setting. Bird songs can reduce stress and improve your mood, and on top of that, they perform for free, which is a nice bonus. Unfortunately, some species of songbirds …

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Dead birds are dropping out of the sky by the thousands – but why?

September 17th, 2020

Hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of migratory birds have been found dead in the southwestern US, and the cause of death is unknown. The birds seemingly fell out of the sky, but witnesses also report birds behaving strangely prior to the mass deaths. Researchers have a few theories, including impacts on migratory patterns due …

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Birds may not have to fear wind turbines for much longer

August 26th, 2020

Scientists have determined that by painting one blade of a wind turbine black it can dramatically reduce the number of bird deaths from turbine impacts. Turbines with a single black blade are over 70% less likely to kill birds, based on a controlled study over three years. Additional research is needed to confirm the results. …

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Insecticides are killing bees, birds, and who knows what else

August 19th, 2020

Pesticides used to kill off troublesome bugs have been killing off honey bees, and now birds are dying off, too. The insecticide works its way up the food chain, and when birds eat bugs that have come into contact with the chemical, it causes problems. In areas where the chemicals have been cut back, bird …

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Seabirds are using tools now

January 4th, 2020

One of the things that have differentiated humans and primates from other groups in the animal kingdom is the use of tools. There are other species that have been observed using tools, but not many, and discovering that a species has mastered the art of using some type of implement is always exciting. Now, researchers …

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Birds inherited colorful eggs from dinosaurs, scientists say

November 1st, 2018

If you come across a bird nest there’s usually a pretty good way of telling what kind of feathered friend was responsible for it, even if the bird itself isn’t around. The color, size, and pattern of a bird’s eggs is often unique to its species, and there’s online tools and even entire books dedicated …