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Researchers See Bad News for Birds on Farms
Researchers
See Bad News
for Birds on Farms
new study

Researchers See Bad News for Birds on Farms

They're more vulnerable to extreme heat than their cousins in the forest

(Newser) - As climate change intensifies extreme heat, farms are becoming less hospitable to nesting birds, a new study found. Researchers who examined data on over 150,000 nesting attempts found that birds in agricultural lands were 46% less likely to successfully raise at least one chick when it got really hot...

21 Species Off Endangered List—Because They're Extinct

US Fish and Wildlife Service pulls 10 bird species, 8 types of mussels, 2 fish, 1 fruit bat

(Newser) - Twenty-one animals have been removed from the Endangered Species Act because, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, they're not endangered—they're extinct. The majority of the species—10 types of birds, eight types of mussels, two species of fish, and one type of bat—were listed...

964 Birds Fatally Strike Chicago Building in One Night

The sheer amount of migrating birds to die in a single night is called an 'outlier'

(Newser) - On a typical morning, as many as 15 birds might be found dead outside Chicago's McCormick Place Lakeside Center, having fatally struck the building the night prior. On Thursday morning, a nearly unimaginable 964 of them were found dead, and another 80 were found stunned but still alive, according...

Birders in Awe as Storm Delivers 'Uber-Rare' Species

16 North American species spotted in UK and Ireland, some for the first time

(Newser) - The height of excitment in England is having your soccer team win the Premier League. Bird-watchers say the feeling is akin to what they experienced over the weekend as 16 North American bird species, blown across the Atlantic with the remnants of Hurricane Lee, arrived on British and Irish shores....

Flamingos Show Up Way North for First Time Ever

Five of them appear in Wisconsin, along a Lake Michigan beach

(Newser) - Five flamingos that showed up in Wisconsin to wade along a Lake Michigan beach attracted a big crowd of onlookers eager to see the unusual visitors venturing far from their usual tropical setting. The American flamingos spotted Friday in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, marked the first...

Birds Found Under Power Lines Didn't Die the Way You'd Expect

A surprising number of them had been shot, study finds

(Newser) - You might understandably think that most of the birds found dead under power lines had been electrocuted. But you'd be wrong, at least according to a recent study flagged by the New York Times . Wildlife biologist Eve Thomason of Boise State University and her colleagues repeatedly walked or drove...

Crabs Face Double Whammy: From Scientists and Birds

The AP looks at the plight of horseshoe crabs, whose blood is sought for medicine

(Newser) - A primordial sea animal that lives on the tidal mudflats of the East Coast and serves as a linchpin for the production of vital medicines stands to benefit from new protective standards. But conservationists who have been trying for years to save a declining bird species that depends on horseshoe...

For Him, the 'Lottery' Is an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

'Garden & Gun' profiles Bobby Harrison and his decades-long quest

(Newser) - "To win the lottery, you've got to buy a ticket," says Bobby Harrison. In Harrison's case, winning the lottery equates to spotting an ivory-billed woodpecker. And buying the ticket equates to getting in his canoe and mucking about the swamps of eastern Arkansas, which he has...

Crow and Magpie Nests Show the 'Birds Are Outsmarting Us'

Study finds they have made nests using anti-bird spikes

(Newser) - Crows in particular have long demonstrated spooky levels of intelligence, but a new Dutch study shows they, along with magpies, have an ability to adapt to their urban environments that isn't just clever but ironic as well. The Guardian reports that researchers with Rotterdam's Natural History Museum and...

'Devil Bird' in New York Shows a Shift in Migration Patterns

Climate change is opening new areas to Southern bird species

(Newser) - A bird known as the anhinga, or "devil bird," rarely seen in New York, has taken up residence around Brooklyn's Prospect Park Lake for the past two weeks, reports the New York Times . This marks the first ever anhinga sighting in Kings County, and only the second...

Eagle Who Tried to Hatch a Rock Gets His Dad Wish

Murphy wanted to be a father so bad that Missouri sanctuary is now letting him foster its new eaglet

(Newser) - Father's Day isn't for a couple of more months, but there's one dad who deserves acknowledgment now. That would be Murphy, a bald eagle living at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri, who had paternal cravings so strong that he actually tried to hatch a...

'Bird' Heard in Home's Walls Was Something Else Entirely

Animal rescue called off after UK resident discovered creature was a stuffed 'Harry Potter' toy

(Newser) - It can be quite distressing to discover there's a wild animal trapped in the walls of your house, as one UK resident thought had happened in their case. Per UPI , a call was recently made to Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue about a bird in such a predicament in a North...

We&#39;ve Given Seabirds a New Disease
We've Given Seabirds
a New Disease
new study

We've Given Seabirds a New Disease

'Plasticosis' is doing serious damage to digestive tracts

(Newser) - Scientists who examined dozens of dead fledgling seabirds have identified a new disease caused by plastic pollution. In a study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials , researchers describe "plasticosis" as a "novel, plastic-induced fibrotic disease." Researchers say the disease is caused by ingestion of small pieces...

Cops Looking Into Death of Pigeon Dyed Pink

NYPD is on the case of death of 'Flamingo,' who may have been dyed for a gender reveal

(Newser) - The sad news of the death of Flamingo , the white king pigeon found in Manhattan last month dyed pink, has now attracted the attention of local law enforcement. The New York Times reports that the NYPD's animal cruelty unit has opened an investigation into what happened to the bird,...

Seeing This Image Was &#39;Most Surreal Moment of My Life&#39;
Seeing This Image
Was 'Most Surreal
Moment of My Life'
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Seeing This Image Was 'Most Surreal Moment of My Life'

Scientists capture footage of black-naped pheasant-pigeon for first time since 1882

(Newser) - The researchers had to gun it in their boat to outrun pirates after departing Fergusson Island off of Papua New Guinea. But as the BBC tells it, the likely adrenaline rush that produced may have been dwarfed by the one they experienced on the island itself. The eight-person team in...

This Bird's Record Flight 'Stretches the Imagination'

Bar-tailed godwit flew 8,435 miles nonstop from Alaska to Australia in 11 days, one hour

(Newser) - You can imagine how grueling a drive from New York City to Alaska must be. Now picture arriving at your destination in the Last Frontier, then immediately turning around and heading right back to the Big Apple—all without a second driver or stops for food, drink, or bathroom breaks....

Small Mummy at Cornell Wasn't What It Seemed

Carol Anne Barsody uncovers misidentified ibis

(Newser) - A football-sized mummy, thought to hold an ancient Egyptian hawk, actually holds "something sacred." When and how the remains ended up at Cornell University are unclear, and it's also unclear why the mummy was mislabeled as a hawk. But Carol Anne Barsody, a master's student in...

Birds Are Nesting, Laying Eggs Much Earlier Than in the Past

Study of museum's egg collection finds major shift in bird behavior

(Newser) - Many species of birds are now building nests and laying eggs at a time of year their counterparts from a century ago would have considered outrageously early. Around a third of birds in the Upper Midwest region are now laying their eggs an average of 25 days earlier than they...

Government Agents Killed 200 Animals an Hour in 2021

Critic slams USDA's Wildlife Services as 'taxpayer-funded wildlife slaughter'

(Newser) - A government agency killed more than 1.75 million animals across the country in 2021, in what it claims were necessary actions. New data shows the Wildlife Services branch of the US Department of Agriculture, which acts to "resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist,"...

Cops Care for Budgie Found After Massive Storm

Barry seems 'suited to a life in blue,' they quip

(Newser) - If you need a little sunshine on your Wednesday, police in the UK are able to deliver it. The BBC reports that Transport Police in Essex are caring for a budgie that maybe have escaped from home during the gnarly storms that recently hit the country. On Monday they tweeted...

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