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5 surprising facts about roadrunners

They have a reputation for speed and wit, but there's more to these amazing desert birds than you might suspect!<p>If everything you know about …

Bird watching, for people who hate birds

The Fuck-tailed Flycatcher, the White-breasted Butt Nugget, and the Goddamned Canada Goose<p>Birds look mean, you can’t pet them, and they shit on you. Maybe I loathe them because I’ve lived in cities my whole life, and my few interactions with birds consist of the following:<p>pigeons (aka rats with …

Maine’s First Verified Vermilion Flycatcher Captured Live on Hog Island Web Cam

The beauty of nature live-streams is that you never know what might happen. Take, for instance, the Osprey nest camera hosted by Audubon and …

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Cheetahs are fast, but not faster than a diving peregrine falcon.<p>Cheetahs may take the lead in Google searches for fastest animal, but in reality the crown goes to the peregrine falcon. Reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, peregrine falcons can dive faster than a moving Formula One race …

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Joshua Tree National Park

Named as one of California’s important birding areas by the Audubon Society, this preserve encloses a natural spring-fed desert oasis that’s a native riparian habitat where cottonwoods and willows grow. More than 247 bird species have been identified here, including over 70 that actually breed …

In Texas, Climbers and Native Americans Find Common Cause on Public Land

Thirty-two miles east of El Paso, the four rocky crests of Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site rise above the Chihuahuan Desert like beacons. …

Tweet of the Week: the starling

The return of winter over the past week has at least brought one benefit – a final chance to see the last great starling murmurations of the season.<p>For the uninitiated, this is one of Britain’s most arresting natural spectacles: at dusk thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of the birds …

How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

Spring officially started this week, but for many of us it had already begun. Back in February, unseasonably warm temperatures swept over much of …

Birds

The Simple “New Paradigm Project” We Did In Theory Of Knowledge Class (& Which Could Be Done In Other Classes, Too)

We recently finished studying Physical Science in our Theory of Knowledge classes and, as part of it, we learned about Galileo and Kepler challenging …

Historic Gift Helps Chile Protect Switzerland-size Land Area

Former CEO of Patagonia pledges to hand over private parks.<p>In a ceremony on the edge of South America’s famed Pumalín Park, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and the American philanthropist Kristine Tompkins today pledged to expand Chile’s national parkland by 10 million acres. In what has been …

Conservation

Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk Set Sights on North America’s Biggest Free Climb

In June Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk will travel to Alaska to attempt the first free-climbing ascent of <i>Wine Bottle Tower</i> on Mount Dickey’s East …

Climbing

Animal Sex: How Hummingbirds Do It

Endemic to the Americas, hummingbirds are defined by their small stature and dart-like movements. But when it comes to mating, do these aerial …

American Woman Reaches a New Milestone in Rock Climbing

Nineteen-year-old Margo Hayes has taken a huge leap in shrinking the climbing world’s gender gap.<p>Throughout the 1980s and much of the 1990s, when rock climbing was very much a fringe activity, women were rarely spotted up on the rock. Even fewer were performing at a cutting-edge level.<p>The notable …

Climbing

“The more innovative I have become, the less classroom management I have to deal with.”

Someone who was reading “The Innovator’s Mindset“, approached me and talked about the impact it had on their teaching and learning. I was honoured by …

Watching garden birds is good for your mental health, research shows

Officer workers can de-stress by watching birds out of their window, a study has suggested after it found it makes people less anxious and depressed.<p>Being able to see birds, shrubs and trees can help mental health, even if people are not in a rural area, the academics found.<p>The study, which …

Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight: Ultimate, Essential Climbing Pro

Black Diamond’s Camalots are a staple of climbing protection. Released last year, the Camalot Ultralight is a high-tech upgrade for the light and …

World's 'Oldest Known Wild Bird' Hatches Chick, Again!

She's done it again.<p>Wisdom, a Laysan albatross thought to be at least 66 years old, has hatched yet another chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial in Hawaii.<p>The happy news further cements her place as the "world's oldest known breeding bird in the …

Birds

Pope says indigenous people must have final say about their land

In the 15th century papal bulls promoted and provided legal justification for the conquest and theft of indigenous peoples’ lands and resources worldwide - the consequences of which are still being felt today. The right to conquest in one such bull, the <i>Romanus Pontifex,</i> issued in the 1450s when …

Ethnology

How school gardens can teach skills and unify communities

Learning gardens give students the opportunity not only to learn firsthand where their food comes from, but also to learn skills in food …

The Great Backyard Bird Count is losing feathers due to climate change.

The National Audubon Society’s annual count, which runs Feb. 17–20 this year, encourages people to identify and report the birds they see in their …

Put Down the Binoculars, This App Can Identify Birds by Song

Whether you want to connect more deeply with nature or learn the name of the noisy bird waking you up every morning, you only need an iPhone.<p>A new …

Fresh eggs and ... Neosporin? The joys and challenges of raising backyard chickens

<b>The five chickens that live behind</b> Mark Verschell’s stately Takoma Park Victorian have an enviable existence, for birds. Their accommodations are a heated, trailer-style coop. Their enclosure protects them from predators and is adorned with shiny compact discs to deter feed-stealing sparrows. They …

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

<i>In this series we’ll explore how to improve schools in Australia. Some of the most prominent experts in the sector tackle key questions, including</i> …

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Learning Strategies<p>Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier<p>sponsored content from Kiddom<p>By Abbas Manjee     Feb 6, 2017<p>Image …

Scientists Finally Understand How Pitcher Plants Developed The Taste For Flesh

An ancient appetite awakens.<p>Plants that feast on animals for sustenance are something of a nightmarish novelty in the world of botany, but what's …

Your Brain on LSD: Why Acid Trips Last So Long and Make Everything Seem So Meaningful

While LSD has been around since 1938, when it was synthesized by the Swiss scientist <b>Albert Hoffman,</b> how exactly it works has continued to be a …

Finding the Speed of Evolution in a Study of Bird Beaks

When the ancestors of Darwin’s finches arrived on the Galápagos two million years ago, they gained access to a world of new morsels, untapped by other animals. In a relatively short period, 14 species of finches evolved, specializing in different diets through different beak shapes: short for …

Biology

How To Decolonize The Permaculture Movement

About a year ago, I posted an article in the Huffington Post detailing some of the reasons why I thought permaculture had become a "gringo" movement irrelevant to the majority of small farmers around the world.<p>There were a number of reactions, both positive and negative, but I was frustrated that …

Year of the Rooster: How Kauai's Feral Chickens Do It

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of the rooster, an animal that signifies hard work, diligence, and confidence, among other things. …