Other Animals

Is COVID-19 a concern for our parrots? suju/Pixabay It’s all over the news. The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading and affecting lives everywhere. However, it’s not only causing illness, it’s causing confusion and fear. It is an emerging disease, so there is still a lot we don’t know or understand. This uncertainty can be perplexing. It
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Desertas Petrel. Photo: George Reszeter/Alamy On Portugal’s uninhabited Bugio Island, off North Africa’s western coast, nests one of Europe’s rarest seabirds, the Desertas Petrel. Here, at the only known nesting colony in the world, fewer than 200 pairs nest on a plateau atop rugged cliffs. But it’s not just their rarity that makes these pigeon-size birds intriguing: During
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A new study assessing the cumulative impacts of human activities on wildlife found that the vast majority of terrestrial species are facing “intense” pressure due to humanity’s footprint across the globe. A research team led by Christropher O’Bryan of Australia’s University of Queensland looked at human pressures across the ranges of 20,529 terrestrial vertebrates and
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Canada. Photo: Alexandru Papp/Alamy The first pulses of the flow of bird migration have already started coursing across the hemisphere. Early vanguards of the coming numbers of Red-winged Blackbird, Sandhill Crane, and American Woodcock left their southern U.S. wintering grounds and made it to the northern U.S. and southern Canada over the last few weeks.
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As days get longer and temperatures begin to climb, birds and birders are anxiously waiting for that annual bliss that comes with the change in seasons. Yes—you know what I am talking about: Spring Migration. While some species are already on the move, we’re waiting for that burst of northward movement from the bulk of
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Photo: Design Pics Inc/Alamy Every city has a distinctive sound—a blend of street traffic and distant sirens, rustling leaves and urban wildlife. But for years, the soundscapes at intersections across America shared something remarkable. Whenever certain pedestrian signals changed to “walk,” one of two bird-like electronic noises played. One alternates between two tones, like a
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Logging for timber by definition reduces tree cover. But what happens when logging stops? Anew study has found that in concessions where timber firms have stopped operating, deforestation actually appears to increase, thanks to illegal clearing for agriculture and industrial plantations. An inactive logging concession therefore creates a conservation risk, but also a conservation opportunity,
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American Goldfinch. Photo: Brian Kushner/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON — “This package presented a missed opportunity to make meaningful bi-partisan progress in modernizing our energy system,” said Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president for conservation policy at the National Audubon Society. “We thank Senators Murkowski and Manchin for their leadership, and we will continue to work with
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Parrots can be colorful, both in physical appearance and personality. One particular family of parrots that can be described as ultra-vibrant are lories and lorikeets. Their feather coloration is quite stunning. If you were to print out a photocopy of a lory or lorikeet, you might use up a good portion of your printer’s color
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Mallard. Photo: Michael Stabentheiner/Audubon Photography Awards 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. Webbed feet are ideal for birds that swim, on the water’s surface or under. In fact, they’re such a nifty adaptation
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A developing illness or a problematic health issue begins with telltale signs that can alert you that something isn’t quite right. Whether that body belongs to a person, animal, reptile, bird, or even plant or insect, all maladies that afflict our highly complex system of existence start out with usually unnoticeable detail — like a
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