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Everglades Dolphins Have Highest Level of Mercury Ever Found in the Mammals

Researchers have discovered that bottlenose dolphins residing off the Florida Everglades have higher concentrations of mercury contamination than any …

To Cure Crop Disease Faster, Add Bugs - MIT Technology Review

Scientists might soon be able to transform wilting, diseased crops into healthy ones by releasing colonies of benign insects onto a field.<p>Current …

DARPA

10 policies we need now to save pollinators - Futurity

75 percent of the world's food crops depend on pollinators. Experts say these 10 policies are needed to reverse their decline.

Ecology

Ants communicate, 'cast ballots' with a kiss

What looks like kissing is really a process called trophallaxis. As a new study shows, it lets ants control their colony in amazing ways.<p>Ant colonies …

Biology

Predation on pollinating insects shaped the evolution of the orchid mantis

A team of scientists at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Australia, and Germany discovered that the orchid mantis looks like a flower due to …

Insects

The Magical Macro World Of Tiny Creatures That I Capture In Indonesia

Hi my name is Tri Setyo Widodo, I am a nature and macro photographer based in Indonesia. Photography for me is the best way to practice patience. …

Photography

Kamikaze Termites

Self-sacrifice is hardly unknown in the animal kingdom. But these termites have taken it to a new level, with the ability to poison their enemies -- …

Never Step On or Squash an Ant

Exceptionally social insects, with the ability to modify their habitats, defend themselves, and exploit resources, ants inhabit every landmass on …

Buddleia - Butterfly Bush

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush Extraordinaire<p>by Claire Hagen Dole<p><i>Spring 1997</i><p>Butterfly Magnet<p>With a name like butterfly bush, you might expect a plant to be …

A tiny wasp is going to kill all the yellow crazy ants to save Christmas Island's red crabs

Biological control has failed in the past, but conservationists believe the 2mm wasp will work.<p>Susan Lawler, <i>La Trobe University</i> and Peter Green, <i>La</i> …

The Crazy Number Of Insects That Could Be Hiding In Your Christmas Tree

An insect-infested tree is one holiday headache you don’t need; here's how to avoid it.<p>Last December, one of my best friends sent out a desperate …

Insects

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast tours

Amalfi Coast

Alberta: Vast badlands once a real Jurassic Park [Photos]

When French-Canadian explorers headed west across the Prairies in the mid-1700s, they had no idea there was a massive hole in the middle of Alberta.

National Park Service Infrastructure Repair Backlog

As the National Park Service enters its second century, the new administration and Congress have an extraordinary opportunity to provide needed and …

National Parks

Darkness, rain and dirt: My wildlife photography adventure

How I tried to battle the elements to capture Scotland's stunning wildlife on camera.<p>I've always loved photography, and I've always loved wildlife. So what better way to combine my passions than an expedition to the heart of the stunning Scottish Highlands?<p>Sounds amazing, right? Well, it was. But …

Nature Photography

Insider's Guide to Big Bend National Park

Named for the large, lazy turn in the Rio Grande river, Big Bend National Park defies expectations with lush flood plains, tree-covered mountains …

national forests

The national parks of the United States account for some of the world’s most glorious landscapes: ice-whittled peaks, abyssal gorges, primeval …

National Parks

Exploring Glacier National Park in the Off-Season

Driving into Glacier National Park in October, the tourist areas both inside and outside of the park become seasonal ghost towns, devoid of activity. …

Birds

The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain

A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort.<p>Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights to their hand, but pain can be a good thing.<p>Pain is a messenger: It tells us that there's a problem and that we …

Why birdwatching really is 2017’s unlikeliest craze

Forget Pokémon Go: birding is the next level for sharp-eyed city flañeurs as the pursuit moves from behind the hedgerow and onto the streets. Up …

Birds

2000 Posts about Birds, Wildlife and Nature at On The Wing Photography

Adult Male Short-eared Owl on a post in Box Elder County, Utah<p>Today I am celebrating having published 2000 posts on birds, wildlife and nature at On …

Common place rarities

Every so often, I have to ask myself, how such an unusual bird, can become so common place, that now, I pay it little or no attention? How is it that …

Birds

Scientists found a new species of giant, air-breathing fish in the Amazon

A new species of arapaima — a giant freshwater fish capable of breathing air with rudimentary lungs — has been found in the remote reaches of the …

Other Sports: Outdoors notebook: Trout fishing brings them to the Guadalupe | SportsDay

What's the top Texas river-fishing attraction? The answer is rainbow trout fishing on the Guadalupe River.<p>"People come from all over the state to …

Texas

B.C. seabird haven marked for protected status

The federal government is proposing to designate the waters around the Scott Islands, a vital haven for seabirds off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, as a marine national wildlife area. The designation, which would put commercial fishing practices under scrutiny, would help Canada meet its …

Biodiversity

Rare weasel species makes a comeback in Washington state

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park — returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades.<p>One by one, 10 Pacific …

Wildlife