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15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United …

Wildlife

Watch How Silently Owls Fly Compared to Other Birds

Using sensitive sound equipment the team try to find out how an owl can fly so silently compared to other birds. Taken from the BBC program, <i>Super</i> …

It’s not just noise that makes city birds sing a different tune - Conservation

Scientists know that bird song sounds different in cities than it does in rural areas. For example, birds tend to sing at a higher pitch in urban …

Gorillas Spring into Action to Dismantle Poacher’s Traps

A pair of young gorillas have been observed seeking out and destroying poachers’ snares after an infant in their group was killed by one of the …

Gorillas

Rare Shot of Duck Family Earns Photog Nature Photographer of the Year

Photographer Andreas Geh wasn’t going to enter his photo of a goosander family into any competitions, but friends and fellow photographers insisted. …

Even porch lights can disorient migratory birds - Conservation

The glow of porch lights attracts a scrumptious bounty of moths and other insects for hungry geckos, who in turn bask in the lights’ warmth. But …

Birds

This is what the end of overfishing would look like - Conservation

Two thirds of the world’s fisheries are in bad biological shape, and it is only going to get worse if we continue on our current path. But according …

12 New Fly Species Found In Los Angeles

Buzz buzz buzz<p>A group of entomologists in Los Angeles have found 12 newly-described fly species hidden in the urban wild. It's part of a multi-year project called BioSCAN, which the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched in 2013.<p>The first round of analyzing more than 43,000 specimens …

Los Angeles

Scientists decode newts' ability to regenerate limbs

Adult newts are the envy of the animal kingdom when it comes to replacing missing tissue. Amputated legs, arms or tails, there's hardly repair job …

Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars

While gamers are definitely excited about the March release of the Oculus Rift headset, virtual reality could do a lot more. For example: Helping …

1868 Map Shows That Beavers Truly Are Nature’s Best Builders

Humans take first place when it comes to making permanent alterations to Earth’s terrain, but we aren’t the only species to make a mark with …

How Wild Dolphins Dance at Dawn

If you wake up at 4 A.M. and jump on the boat, in the small town of Kaikoura in New Zealand, you get to experience hundreds of beautiful dolphins, jumping and splashing and having fun. They are wild animals, they are not fed by humans, and not attracted to the shore in any way or form. They are …

This Amazing Underwater Photo of a Bear Feeding Was Captured from a Cage!

How exactly do you capture a wide-angle, close-up, underwater photograph of a massive brown bear feeding without turning into the bear’s second …

Scuba Diving

Butterflies Behaving Badly: What They Don’t Want You to Know

Butterflies have had us fooled for centuries. They bobble around our gardens, all flappy and floppy, looking so pretty with their shimmering colors. We even write odes to them:<p>Thou spark of life that wavest wings of gold, <br>Thou songless wanderer mid the songful birds, <br>With Nature’s secrets in thy …

Ready for my close up: Captivating macro photographs show insects in detail - Telegraph

Photography

How Does a Cowbird Learn To Be a Cowbird?

When a Brown-headed Cowbird hatches from its egg, an identity crisis seems inevitable. Cowbirds are brood parasites, meaning that rather than raise …

Foster Care

Stone-throwing chimps leave scientists stumped by ‘sacred shrine’

Chimpanzees in the savannah of Guinea and the forests of Liberia have been captured picking up stones and throwing them at a tree as well as placing them gently at the base<p>Chimpanzees in Guinea and the forests of Liberia have been observed picking up stones and throwing them at a tree as well as …

The secret life of olms

Deep in a subterranean, underwater cave system, questions are finally being answered about one of the world’s strangest amphibiansIt’s been called …

Habitats

Short Film: The Secret Life of Mountain Lions

Changing Planet<p>The “Secret Life of Mountain Lions” provides an intimate glimpse into the family lives of mountain lions. This true story follows F61, an adult female mountain lion, and one litter of kittens. Mountain lions have long been considered anti-social creatures, but this remarkable short …

Wildlife

Republican senator's convoy chased away by group of elephants

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake got more than he bargained for during a recent trip to learn about wildlife in Africa.<p>The Republican senator shared video …

A spider's erection, and other cool things trapped in amber

Paleontology

Seven Times Wild Animals Came to Humans for Help

On February 6, a SeaWorld San Diego rescue team recovered a sick sea lion pup who'd stranded herself in a local restaurant. They brought the frightened, hungry (and adorable!) little lady to the theme park, where she's now on the road to recovery.<p>There's no sign that the pup, dubbed "Marina," knew …

Title for 'Earth's first animal' likely goes to sea sponges

The first animal to appear on Earth was very likely the simple sea sponge.

Chris Packham's Photos Show The Devastating Effects Litter Has On Wildlife

Environmentalist and BBC presenter Chris Packham has photographed the devastating effects that littering can have on wildlife in a series of striking …

Listen To The Bizarre Sound Deep Sea Critters Make Each Night

It's possible they're communicating that it's time to eat. Or they might just be farting.<p>Each night, billions of marine organisms around the globe travel from the mesopelagic zone -- a dark stretch of ocean ranging from 660 to 3,300 feet deep -- up to the surface to get their fill.<p>While the feeding …

Nature

Selfie deaths are now more common than shark attacks

SO FAR THIS YEAR, there’s been more people who’ve died while taking a selfie than have died by shark attack. Selfies: 12. Sharks: 8.<p>In January, three …

Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

In the summer, when the air is sticky and hot, insects are everywhere: circling your fruit bowl, marching across your picnic, buzzing in your ear, …

Insects

Lobsters Have the Craziest Sex You've Never Heard Of, and Yes, It Involves Urine

Lobsters like their foreplay.<p>Lucky for the females, 25 million years have provided ample time to refine their skills as apothecaries. Arriving at the …

Seafloor

Paying instead of punishing people helps preserve pandas - Conservation

One of the best strategies for conserving biodiversity just about anywhere on the planet is your basic park or reserve. These are protected areas …

Scientists discover prehistoric 'Jurassic butterfly'

Scientists have discovered an insect that went extinct for more than 120 million years and featured many of the traits associated with modern butterflies including markings on the wing called eye spots.<p>Known as Kalligrammatid lacewings, paleobotanists for the past century have known they lived in …