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MONACO­ (Sept. 25, 2019) ­—The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report today outlining how climate change is negatively impacting the ocean at an accelerating rate. Without climate action, impacts will only get more severe. “Right now, seabirds are imperiled – their populations have declined by 70 percent since 1950,” said Karen
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Dr. Pepperberg’s parrots would respond flexibly to various human queries (e.g., “What’s this?”, “What color?”, “What shape?”, “How many?”, “What’s same/different?” etc.) Although some researchers argue that turn-taking—in all forms, but particularly with respect to communication—is a uniquely human skill (Melis et al., 2016), elements of such behavior are common in many birds. For example,
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Illustration: Joe Ciardiello Who’s Kenn? Simply put, Kenn is a national treasure. A renowned birder, author, and conservationist, Kenn Kaufman has spent his life dedicated to observing birds, reading about birds, writing about birds, and sharing the world of birds with others. With all that birdy knowledge in his brain, he also acts as the field editor for Audubon magazine. So, whenever
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We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Alan Jonker wins First Prize for his outstanding image ‘Leopard’. Noushka wins Second and Third Prizes with ‘Red-legged Partridge’ and ‘Little Owl’. Please give kudos to the photographers by leaving a comment and sharing their photos on social media. Leopard by Alan Jonker
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Every year, a horrifically cruel large-scale hunt takes place in Taiji, Japan. As Daily Mail explains, “Fishermen use metal poles inserted into the water and struck with hammers to create a ‘wall of sound’ that confuses the animals and drives them into the cove.” This year’s hunt began on September 1st and fishermen are targeting
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Red-necked Phalarope. Photo: Aaron Budgor/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. Transcript: This is BirdNote. Red-necked Phalaropes are sandpipers that make their living from the sea. They breed on the arctic tundra but
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Several weeks ago, a huge bushfire tore its way along the Sunshine Coast in Australia. People had to evacuate, homes were destroyed — and the wildlife who call that area home were left struggling.  “The fire occurred in the bushland near Peregian Beach and Peregian Breeze,” Stuart McKenzie, of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, told
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These heartbreaking images show endangered orangutans made homeless as farmers jeopardise their habitat. The pictures show a troop of these magnificent creatures gathered near water at their reserve on Salat Island, Borneo, after being driven from wooded areas by illegal land clearing. Borneo orangutans are seen in Salat island as haze from the forest fires
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An open letter published this past week in Science urges Congress to fund conservation laws at the level needed to recover endangered species, a standard the U.S. government currently fails to meet. The letter, written by researchers at the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife and co-signed by 1,648 scientists and counting, stresses that the ongoing biodiversity crisis, in
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The provincial government is proposing a predator cull that would kill more than 80 per cent of the wolf population in parts of central British Columbia that are home to threatened caribou herds, according to correspondence from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The objective of this wolf reduction program
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Baltimore Oriole. Photo: Shari McCollough/Audubon Photography Awards NEW YORK — “The Market Choice Act represents important progress for a world in crisis that needs immediate relief,” said David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. “We cannot afford to wait for an ideal solution when a warming climate is actively threatening all living things.
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