Wildlife and Nature

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Historic Bison Birth on Wind River Reservation

Jason Baldes with the Eastern Shoshone tribe says the bison calf is "an honor bestowed upon us by the Creator."Continue reading…

Nature

Impressively patient orangutan moms may breast-feed for 8 or 9 years

Talk about parental dedication.<p>It's always been difficult to study the nursing behavior of arboreal primates like orangutans because their babies …

Breast Feeding

Turn your yard into an insect migration stop

Habitat Network can help you assist the birds and bugs, which often pass the baton between generations on the same migration route.<p>Birds do it. But …

Birds

Rare argonaut octopus washes ashore

Also known as a paper nautilus, it was saved by a beachgoer who returned it to the ocean.<p>You just never know what you'll discover walking along the …

Biological Species

7 things you never knew about dragonflies

They're beautiful and intriguing, but these ferocious predators have sharp mandibles, near-360-degree vision and can fly backward.<p>Arriving on the …

Insects

Sharks get star treatment in beautiful new photography book

These feared and beloved predators are arriving on coffee tables, thanks to famed National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry.<p>When you've spent …

Oceans

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Tasmanian devils, a Saimaa ringed seal and a white wolf are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

The love song of Jeremy, the 'lefty' snail

Rare creature's search for love gains international attention.<p>It's a tale as old as time: Snail is born with genetic mutation. Snail cannot mate. …

Biological Species

A new adaptation to Australia’s toad invasion: getting smarter | Anthropocene

The introduction of cane toads to Australia in the 1930s would become a textbook example of invasive calamity. Their flesh is poisonous, they lacked …

Biological Species

Young cowbirds don't know they're really cowbirds until they hear this special song

Vocal cue unlocks the true identity of birds raised by other species.<p>Cowbirds are famous, or rather infamous, for a particular breeding habit: they …

Birds

White Yellowstone wolf was shot; $5,000 reward offered

BILLINGS — A well-known Yellowstone National Park wolf was shot in April, according to preliminary results from a necropsy, prompting authorities to …

National Parks

Malaysia just seized more than 300 endangered tortoises being smuggled in suitcases

Hundreds of endangered Indian Star and plowshare tortoises were found in suitcases at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia. The tortoises are popular as exotic pets and this haul was valued at $277,000.

Malaysia

Rare western snowy plovers nesting in Los Angeles after 70-year absence

On April 18, the nest of a western snowy plover was discovered on Santa Monica State Beach. More nests were discovered later in the month on …

Birds

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 …

Birds

Can artificial insemination save the Mexican wolf from extinction?

The Mexican gray wolf is a subspecies native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Known as the "lobo," this subspecies was completely wiped …

Wildlife

First bison calf born in Banff National Park in 140 years

Banff National Park marked Earth Day in the best way possible this year. A herd of wild bison that were recently reintroduced to the park in February …

Wildlife

Habitat with Humanity

Making creative accommodations for the urban wild<p><b>By Tristan Donovan</b><br>October 2016<p><b>One hundred years ago</b> at a meeting of the Ecological Society of …

Plants can hear water. Could noise pollution interfere? | Anthropocene

There’s a transformation underway in how people think about plants: not just as inanimate biological objects, but as capable of perceptions and …

Mom? … Anybody? Adorable bear cub needs a hand with clingy scallop

Grizzly bears are top-notch eaters, and they eat just about anything, from moose to moles to plants. Naturally, they enjoy seafood as well, but they …

Common caterpillar found to eat plastic shopping bags

It could represent a biodegradable solution to the omnipresent pollution clogging our landfills.<p>Sometimes the solution to your problem can be found …

Recycling

Frog slime could prevent the next flu pandemic

Never doubt the power of the humble frog. These miracles of nature might just help us sail through flu season.<p>You don't know what you've got 'til …

These male birds like to keep their wives happy and well-fed

Happy wife, happy life! Humans aren't the only ones to worry about keeping "the wife" happy while she focuses on bringing the next generation of …

Birds

Birds respond to human noise by singing louder, shorter songs

Songbirds are trying to communicate over our cacophony.<p>I often go trail running in the the wooded hills behind my house during the "blue hour" — that …

The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorses

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Oceans

Frog slime contains a molecule that could help us fight the flu

The molecule is named after a whip-shaped Indian sword<p>A molecule from the slime of a colorful Indian frog kills some flu strains and could provide a promising route for new treatments.<p>In a study published today in the journal <i>Immunity</i>, researchers caught the Indian frog <i>Hydrophylax bahuvistara</i> and …

Medicine

Researchers Discover New Species of Giant Spider

Tiny, dainty spiders no bigger than a Tic-Tac probably won’t send your blood pressure rising. But the 4-inch-long, red-fanged Sierra Cacachilas …

Blanket of Spiderwebs Covers Entire Field

Visitors to a New Zealand park recently found the grass blanketed not by flowers, but by silk webs produced by what appeared to be thousands of tiny …

Nature

This snake tried to bite a motorcyclist in Thailand, and the footage is terrifying

We have no idea what’s up with the world’s reptiles lately, but yet another slithering, scaled creature has made unwanted contact with a human in the …

Crime 'threatens nearly half the world's natural heritage sites'

<b>Poaching, illegal logging and fishing are threatening endangered species in some of the world's most iconic natural sites, according to a report.</b><p>Conservation charity WWF says almost half of the world's 200 designated natural heritage sites are "plagued" by wildlife criminals.<p>These include the last …

Conservation