News Stories relating to "birds"
Friday, May 3, 2013
Every year millions of birds make heroic journeys guided by the earth's magnetic field. How they detect magnetic fields has puzzled scientists for decades. Now biologists have figured out how they do it--they've found tiny magnets inside their ears.
These magnetic cells, called hair cells, are responsible for detecting sound and...
Friday, December 14, 2012
At last: Something GOOD about smoking! Birds
in Mexico City are lining their nests with cigarette butts they pick up off the street, and scientists have discovered that they repel pests
and keep the baby birds warm.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Here's a possible cause of the aflockalypse
: The company that makes Scotts Miracle-Gro fertilizer for your lawn could also be killing your songbirds.
Scotts pled guilty to charges that they illegally put insecticides into its "Morning Song" and "Country...
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Police have discovered a way to cut crime: Play bird songs
Crime has gone down in Lancaster, California ever since the mayor started playing nature sounds--bird chirps, the sound of running water--in the streets. Mayor R. Rex Parris...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We know that the ancestors of birds were dinosaurs, so did these ancient giant creatures walk around counting the leaves on the trees? Because it turns out that some birds--pigeons, to be precise--are excellent at math
. When it comes to counting, they match the...
Friday, August 12, 2011
This isn't the first case of a mysterious goo
that we've heard of. This time, the results are as big a mystery as the slime itself. In the Inuit village of Kivalina in Alaska, a strange orange goo was floating on the water.
The next day it rained, and residents found...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
are more like us than we realize. They eavesdrop on their neighbors
in order to figure out where to build their nests and once, their eggs hatch, they sometime engage in "chick abuse,"...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Talk about aflockalypse
! Here's the reason we're scared about radiation from Japanese power plants blowing our way
: Even though it's been 25 years since the...
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
First it was birds
falling out of the sky in Louisiana and Texas. Then hundreds of tiny crabs were found dead on a beach in England. Large numbers of dead fish
were found washed up on beaches in Arkansas, Maryland and New...
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
are mysteriously dying all over the world, but they aren't the only creatures this is happening to. There have been mass deaths of cows in Wisconsin and seals in Labrador (and there are probably many...
Friday, January 7, 2011
First it was redwinged blackbirds falling out of the sky
--in two places in the US and also in Sweden. Then it was thousands of dead fish
. Now it's doves: A thousand of them have dropped out of the sky in Italy, all...
Thursday, January 6, 2011
UPDATE: Two million fish died in Chesapeake Bay on December 6. There have now been diebacks reported of birds and fish from the US, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The mystery started when thousands of red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found lying on the ground in a one-mile area in Beebe, a town about 40 miles from Little...
Friday, November 19, 2010
start dying from a mysterious fungus, then bees
begin dying off too. Now it's birds...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Bird droppings don't just mess up your car, they can also give you a superbug (which is why you should avoid driving behind trucks carrying chickens).
If birds could talk, they'd tell you to beware of seagulls as well: Migratory seagulls carry antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria to Portuguese islands which are a protected wildlife...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
(No, not that kind!) In 2003, a massive heat wave struck and killed some 30,000 people in Europe in an area where heat was not considered a major threat. Similar mass die-offs occur in wild birds and some mammals during heat waves, but unlike humans, birds may not be able to take shelter or find fresh water in order to survive devastating heat...
Monday, July 19, 2010
And it's NOT related to the oil spill! - If we could talk to the birds, what would they tell us? They would say, "Help, we're shrinking!" US songbirds are getting smaller, becoming lighter in weight with shorter wings. This has happened in the last 50 years, which leads scientists to conclude that it's a result of climate...
Monday, February 22, 2010
Different chat day this week! - It's a bird conspiracy: Those crows you hear cawing every time you go outside may be holding a grudge against you personally. It turns out they recognize individual human faces and hold a grudge for years against anyone who has treated them badly. But if they like you, they may touch you with a...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
They ride the wind! - As spring arrives (slowly in some places), we are starting to see the return of our favorite birds and butterflies. Researchers are studying how these tiny creatures are able to make long-distance migrations for thousands of miles in the fall, then make it all the way back in the spring. It turns out they...
Monday, December 14, 2009
Some feminists wear feathers - It's the time of year when birds are flying south for the winter. Scientists have learned that female birds in species that breed in groups (such as Purple Martins) not only indulge in sex orgies with many different males, they are the feminists of the bird world and can find themselves under...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In order to avoid the flu, we should all wash our hands often. Birds do the equivalent of this by adding material to their nests that repels germs.
In LiveScience.com., Stephan Reebs reports that some birds add bits of strong-smelling plants, such as lavender or mint, to their nests. These may act as pesticides that protect the...
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Chicago is being invaded by birds and scientists are trying to figure out what's going on. Residents of that city have become familiar with their raucous squawking of monk parakeets (those little green birds you see in pet stores), since whole colonies of them, descended from a few pets that escaped or were freed by their owners are not only...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Is this something WE can catch? - Pelicans that seem to be suffering from a mysterious disease are crashing down onto moored boats and wandering dazed along highways. Hundreds of dead bird bodies have been found. This sort of thing has happened before, in Texas. Is this something humans can catch? It?s too bad we can't ask them...
Friday, January 2, 2009
Some birds speak our language, but what most of us hear is bird song. Can we figure out what they're saying (singing) to each other?
To many people, bird song can herald the coming of spring, reveal what kind of bird is perched nearby or be merely an unwelcome early morning intrusion. But to researcher Sandra Vehrencamp, bird song is a...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Researchers aren't sure how migrating birds choose where to go to lay eggs and raise their young. However, they think that the environmental conditions birds face in their first year may help determine where they breed for the rest of their lives. But since global warming is CHANGING these conditions, birds may begin to migrate to different...