Field Biology

By Field Projects International | Stories from the field: technology and discoveries

Scientists combine crowd-sourced field observations with land-use and climate models to identify steps for migratory bird protection

• <i>Scientists used crowd-sourced data from the eBird platform to model how the distributions of 21 migratory bird species change throughout the year and</i> …

App combines computer vision and crowdsourcing to explore Earth’s biodiversity, one photo at a time

• <i>The nearly 500,000 users in the iNaturalist network have uploaded over 6.5 million photo observations of more than 120,000 species of plants,</i> …

Audio: Technologies that boost conservation efforts right now and in the future

• <i>On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we take a look at the role technology is playing — and might play in the future — in conservation</i> …

Rethinking camera traps for the small, fast, and elusive

• <i>To solve the logistical challenge of filming hummingbirds, researchers have developed a mechanical camera trap trigger system that separates the</i> …

year period

• <i>Between January 2014 and December 2015, scientists described 381 new species of wildlife from the Amazon in peer-reviewed scientific journals, a new</i> …

Stalking snow leopards: Q&A with the director of “Ghost of the Mountains”

• <i>In spring 2014 a crew of filmmakers ventured to the remote mountains of Sanjiangyuan in China’s western province of Qinghai to film the notoriously</i> …

Camera traps capture ‘fantastically bizarre’ animal behavior in South African park

<i>Cat-like genet spends many evenings riding buffalo, rhinos</i><p>Cowbirds ride cattle to pick off their parasites; egrets pal around with wildebeest and eat …

USAID Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge awards Acceleration Prizes for rapid tech developments

• <i>The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced three winners of a $100,000 Acceleration Prize for rapid progress in developing a wildlife crime solution</i> …

The right to roam: elephant encounters at a wildlife corridor

I had been in Assam for almost a week, working hard with the Landscape team, when we decided to head towards Kaziranga National Park on the off …

Spot a frog, send an email, save a species?

The northern leopard frog is considered a species at risk in Alberta, but conservationists hope it will make a comeback in the Waterton lakes area, …

This App Will Crowdsource Documentation Of Bizarre Animal Behavior During Solar Eclipse

Animals have been known to exhibit strange behavior during total solar eclipses, but there is relatively little scientific documentation.The post …

My Life as a Baboon Whisperer

<i>Jenni Trethowan, founder of Baboon Matters in South Africa, has been attempting to broker a peaceful coexistence for humans and baboons for a long</i> …

Hurricane Harvey’s putting bats at risk—but help is on the way

Leave wildlife rescue to the people with rabies vaccinations.<p>On Tuesday morning, Amanda Lollar and three volunteers gathered up canoes, headlamps, and life jackets. Then they headed out into the floodwaters of Houston—to save bats.<p>A colony of 250,000 bats live under Waugh Bridge, right over the …

Extreme Weather

Behold the Elegance and Horror of a Nearly Invisible Squid

Researchers recently captured video of a glass squid in the wild.<p>Squid are wondrous and terrifying by turns, and it seems like scientists regularly …

African wild dogs vote with sneezes on important pack issues

Dog democracy.<p>African wild dogs have <i>excellent</i> table manners. The puppies are allowed to eat first. Able-bodied dogs share meat with injured confederates. And packs of <i>Lycaon pictus</i> vote that it's time to go on a hunt by sneezing.<p>Neil Jordan, a professor at the University of New South Wales who does …

Wales

Look at These Amazing Winners of the Wonders of Wildlife Photography Competition

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) is a British organization for professional and amateur shooters devoted to …

Some plant-eating dinosaurs were actually pescetarians

WASHINGTON – Some plant-eating dinosaurs apparently liked a side order of crabs to go with their usual salad.<p>Scientists said on Thursday fossilized …

Males from hundreds of frog species change colour to attract the opposite sex

Having the most vibrant distinctive colouring enhances their chances of reproductive success.<p>Hundreds of frog species change the look of their skin …

An 8-year-old just published her first paper in an academic journal about her love of bugs

Sophia Spencer has done more at the age of eight than most of us will do in a lifetime.<p>Spencer, who lives in Canada, was one of two authors of a paper published earlier this month in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. She and Morgan Jackson, an entomologist who works at the …

White Whale Caught on Video—How'd it Get That Way?

Thought to be the famous whale Migaloo, the sighting off Australia calls to mind Moby Dick.<p>One of the world's most famous and beloved wild whales has been spotted off the east coast of Australia once again.<p>A white whale, thought to be the famous individual known as Migaloo, was filmed Thursday off …

Humpback Whales

Nagoya doctor's treatment research deflates overblown hype over fire ant venom

Medical information on how to treat patients bitten by fire ants posted on a doctor’s website at a Nagoya hospital has garnered great interest by …

Mother Monkey Eats Mummified Baby in 'Astonishing' Case

Weird & Wild<p>In a first for Tonkean macaques, a first-time mom in an animal sanctuary ate the remains of her deceased infant, a new study says.<p>Primates are known both to grieve their loved ones and practice cannibalism, but for the first time, scientists have recorded a Tonkean macaque eating her …

Ethnology

Toad tadpoles turn homegrown poisons on each other

Many tadpoles ward off predators with potent poisons — but those toxins also seem to help win battles with their own kind, a new study finds.<p>Tadpoles …

Zoology

How a 3-Ton Mess of Dead Pigs Transformed This Landscape

The unusual ecological experiment took place in Mississippi, and the scientists were awed by the results—especially the rivers of maggots.<p>In nature, mass mortality sometimes happens. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan drop dead in a matter of weeks; 337 dead whales wash up in a remote …

Camera trap records nearly extinct cuckoo in Sumatra

• <i>A camera trap captured the Sumatran ground cuckoo in a national park.</i>• <i><br>The discovery of the avian species indicated that the park might be one of its</i> …

Bats key pollinators for durian production, camera traps confirm

• <i>A new study employing camera traps indicates that flying foxes in Malaysia are important pollinators of commercially valuable durian fruit trees.</i>• <i><br>The</i> …