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California songbirds have figured out a way to outsmart climate change

Aaron Maizlish/Flickr<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> High Country News <i>and</i> …

Catch a glimpse of polar bear drama in Smithsonian's 'Polar Bear Town'

As they wait for the water to freeze and the ice to form in the Hudson Bay, more than 1,000 polar bears take up residence in the small town of …

Wildlife

These comedy wildlife photo winners will make you belly laugh

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards focus on wildlife conservation but lighten the mood with humor.<p>The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winners …

Wildlife

Rare seahorses discovered in the River Thames

It's a sign that the iconic waterway is getting cleaner by the year.<p>Things you’d expect to find in the River Thames: tires, bicycles, shoe soles, …

England

Prehistoric shark with the head of a toothy snake found swimming off coast

Some things never change, and the frilled shark (<i>Chlamydoselachus anguineus</i>) is one of them.<p>This living fossil of a sea creature dates back at least …

Fish

Alligators found hunting and feasting on sharks

This unexpected clash of the predators demonstrates who really sits atop the estuarine food chain.<p>Alligators, occupying estuarine and fresh waters, …

Gulf Coast

Penguin disaster as just two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica<p>A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four …

European Union

Radioactive wild boars in Sweden are eating nuclear mushrooms

Radioactive wild boars currently roaming central and northern Sweden are proof positive that nuclear disasters have long-term environmental impacts, both near and far from where they occur.<p>In 1986, a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded, irradiating the surrounding region, including …

Mushrooms

Inside the Race to Save the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, North America’s Most Endangered Bird

North America’s most endangered bird hardly qualifies as “charismatic megafauna.” It is not a big sexy animal, not the kind you’d see on a state …

Therapy Drones Are Helping Injured Falcons Fly Again

How a falconer and a drone got an injured gyrfalcon back in the skies.<p>The gyrfalcon stretched out its wings and gave two powerful flaps, forcing its handler to duck out of the way. Leather ties kept the large grey falcon with a white speckled breast from flying off just yet. It settled back down, …

Photographer snaps lynx family portrait

When you hear animals creeping along your porch, you think stray dogs or cats are probably responsible — or maybe a bold raccoon. You don't think …

Photography

Giant tree rat that dines on coconuts discovered in Solomon Islands

The find corroborates curious rumors from the locals.<p>In this day and age, when it seems like scientists have scoured the world many times over, it's …

Nature

2 new species of menacing bird-catcher tree discovered in Puerto Rico

Trees in this family can ensnare birds and later feed on them.<p>Have you ever walked through the woods at night and felt like the crooked branches of …

Puerto Rico

Thirsty Key deer get a helping hand after Irma

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service keeps the endangered deer alive, despite long-standing policy.<p>Key deer, the lovably docile and locally iconic …

Wildlife

What you need to know about beneficial bugs

Not all insects are bad for your garden.<p>If you have plants in your garden that attract pollinators, take a closer look at what's landing on those …

Gardening

Eight of the Best Hawkwatch Sites in the U.S. for Photographers

When it comes to photography, not all hawkwatch sites are created equal. Here are some whose geography produces especially great shots. To find out …

Lake Superior

The new canary in the coal mine: dolphins

On the southeastern coast of the United States, the new canary in the coal mine may be dolphins. A long-term study of two populations found …

These octopuses like to hang out together in an underwater city called Octlantis

Turns out gloomy octopuses aren't loners after all.<p>Until recently, scientists believed that members of the gloomy octopus species (<i>Octopus tetricus</i>) …

Zoology

The odd, adorable mystery of hairy spider feet

There's something fascinating about hairy little spider feet. They look like they belong on dogs. Or maybe even cats.<p>Recently, images of hairy spider …

Insects

African wild dogs 'vote' by sneezing

The endangered dogs have a nose for democracy, scientists say.<p>Humans aren't the only animals who dabble in democracy. Herds of red deer, for example, …

Wildlife

Researchers find monkey not seen in 80 years

But the habitat of the elusive saki monkey is being destroyed.<p>With its legs of fluffy golden fur and its Beatles-style bowl cut, you'd probably …

Ethnology

5 things you didn't know about the strange and spiky echidna

The echidna is often called a spiny anteater, but this creature isn't actually related to anteaters. In fact, it's an unusual mammal that defies …

Zoology

Meet the new purple frog with a pig snout

Odd-looking fellow loves being underground and mating in the rain.<p>If you're ever visiting India's Western Ghats mountains during monsoon season, you …

Zoology

Eastern indigo snake reintroduced into the wild

Perhaps not as sweet and beloved as the recently delisted manatee, the threatened snake's ecological impact matters.<p>Just days after the eastern …

Florida

Adorable American pikas vanish from a swath of California

The American pika is a rotund, mountain-dwelling relative of rabbits, famous for adorably darting around with mouthfuls of grass and wildflowers. …

Habitats

Daddy longlegs ditch their legs to escape death

These arachnids also learn to walk differently to adapt to the loss.<p>You've likely come across a daddy longlegs in the garden, and odds are good …

Insects

8 things you don't know about sand dollars

These ocean floor-dwelling echinoids are actually purple and hairy.<p>We've all seen sand dollars wash up on the beach, a pretty white shell with a …

This 12,000-ton pile of orange peels is now a lush Costa Rican forest

Conservation experiment regrows pristine forest in a flash.<p>Back in the late-1990s, 12,000 tons of orange peels from an orange juice manufacturing …

Costa Rica

Wolf spiders weave a tangled web of birth control

Birth control and monogamy can be controversial topics for us humans, and it seems wolf spiders feel the same way.<p>The sexual escapades of wolf …

Biology

This is how baby elephants drink water (until they know better)

Elephants are intelligent and graceful animals, but much like humans, they need some time to outgrow the awkwardness of youth.<p>Although it only takes …

National Parks