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Breeding Ground of the Mascarene Petrel Discovered

Changing Planet<p>Pétrel noir de Bourbon may sound like an exotic drink, but it is actually one of the rarest birds in the world. It is so rare, that it has taken a dedicated team of conservationists 15 years just to find their breeding grounds. In English the bird is known as the Mascarene petrel</i> …

How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?

Feel some gold and marble coming on.<p>This week marks a huge transition for America. After the inauguration, the Obama family will move out of the White House, and the transition team will have a tight five-hour timeframe to ready the residence for Donald Trump and his family. But once the Trumps are …

A few interesting facts about flying squirrels

Here's a closer look at some of the most amazing, and secretive, squirrels on the planet.<p>Bats are the only mammals that truly fly, but they aren't …

Squirrels

Island Life Drove Lemur Evolution

With their isolation and unchanging borders, islands can serve as useful laboratories for the study of evolution. One of the reasons for this is that …

Horses more deadly than Australian snakes, sharks and spiders

Horses are more deadly than all of Australia’s most venomous creatures put together, a new study has found.<p>Riding accidents<p>Researchers at Melbourne …

Zoology

Kazakhstan confirms H5 bird flu in wild swans

Kazakhstan has confirmed an outbreak of the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus in wild swans, by the Caspian Sea.<p>The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), citing a report from the Kazakh agriculture ministry, said on Friday that two swans were found dead in the coastal city of Aktau in the …

Killing kakas with kindness: New Zealand bird lovers threaten future of parrot

Nuts, seeds and bread left out for native birds are causing a bone disease which leaves chicks with fatal abnormalities<p>The threatened native kaka population of New Zealand’s capital city is being killed by too much love.<p>Kaka is a native New Zealand parrot and there are roughly 500 of them in …

For Ottawa ornithophobes, murder of crows like something out of Hitchcock

Thousands of crows have descended on the capital, gathering in trees and filling the air with a cacophony of cawing in a daily ritual that's giving …

The long-tailed tit – successful, adaptable, sociable, and oh so cute

This tiny ball of fluff with an impossibly long tail, has almost doubled in numbers since the 1980s<p>A brief, high-pitched “see-see-see” sound, followed by the appearance of half-a-dozen tiny balls of fluff, each attached to what looks like a protruding stick. Then, more calls, as these flying …

Photo: Pretty in pink

Flamingos are exotic, there's no two ways about it – and many a lawn ornament can attest to their popularity. But most of us are likely pretty …

What Is Killing Southern Right Whales?

We first reported on some of the issues facing southern right whales in 2013 in a story detailing how kelp gulls on Argentina’s Valdés Peninsula …

The Achingly Cute Fish With a Suction Cup on Its Belly

If you were almost perfectly spherical, life wouldn't be too bad—you could just roll around town. But for an almost perfectly spherical fish like the …

Giant otters roamed world six million years ago

Giant otters the size of wolves lived in prehistoric waters six million years ago, scientists have discovered.<p>US paleontologists discovered the biggest otter that ever lived while excavating an ancient lake bed in Shuitangba, in the Yunnan Province in Southwestern China.<p>The species, called <i>Siamogale</i> …

Coyote Peterson and Cameraman Mario Aldecoa Catch a Flying Spiny-Tailed Iguana in Mid-Air

While visiting the Kids Saving the Rainforest organization in Costa Rica, adventure host Coyote Peterson of Brave Wilderness and wildlife …

Inspirational Monday: Photographing Pairs in Nature

It’s the start of another week, and I’m back with a list of photos to inspire your photographic pursuits.This go-round, I have 17 incredible wildlife …

Landscape Photography

Last-ditch effort to save rare Australian parrot

<b>Conservationists trying to save one of Australia's rarest birds say that hopes of boosting the wild population currently rest on the survival of a single chick.</b><p>The tiny orange-bellied parrot chick was the only survivor from a group of five that were flown across the island state of Tasmania to be …

Birds

Owls are natural-born killers. So why do we adore them so much?

By Adrian Higgins<p>, Columnist<p>Many years ago, in the blackness of nighttime in the country, I saw an apparition. It was a large, white-winged specter hovering by the hedgerow some six feet in the air.<p>Naturally, I took it to be an angel and went on my way. The episode haunted me for years, even after …

10 most endangered species on Earth in 2017

Endangered species are animals or plants whose population sizes fall to such low numbers that they are at risk of vanishing entirely – going extinct …