Wildlife and Nature

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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, …


Skilled Animal Fighters May Have an Edge in Brawls

Brawling beasts may be relying on more than brute strength and size, say researchers, who now suggest the most skillful fighter may often come out on …


It’s One of North America’s Quietest Places. Along Came a Bear.

Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park is so vast that it stretches across an area bigger than Vermont, Rhode Island and Delaware combined.<p>Karupa Lake, tucked off in its northern corner, is so remote that reaching it takes a four-hour skiplane flight from Fairbanks. And it’s so quiet — a day …


During Storms, Most Animals Take Shelter. But Some Birds Take Flight.

<b>Q. When the recent hurricanes hit, how did animals seek refuge?</b><p><b>A.</b> For most wildlife, there is no early warning system when a big storm approaches. Most animals have no choice but to shelter in their usual environments.<p>Some birds, however, respond to weather signals like changes in barometric …


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 …

Climate Change

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A wild boar, clown fish and two rhinoceros calves are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world


The best wildlife photography of the year (so far)


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 …


Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities

Back in 1874, it was hard to see the sun in Chicago. The city was rebuilding after the Great Fire of 1871 by adding row after row of new factories, …

Clean Air Act

Once thought extinct, giant Lord Howe Island stick insects do exist

Back in the early 2000s, scientists exploring Australia's Ball's Pyramid island left with a mating pair of 6-inch-long insects that looked like black …


Why don't poison dart frogs poison themselves?

Poison frogs produce toxins that plow down a nervous system. Get a tiny amount of the poison in your system, and you're in for trouble. They manage …

Biological Species

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, …


6 interesting facts about boa constrictors

Boa constrictors are some of the most famous snakes on Earth. That's partly because they're popular as pets, but also because they're finely tuned …

Biological Species

Rare footage captures sand cat kittens being cute in the wild

Sand cats are adorable desert felines. They have big ears and big eyes, and their desert-camouflaging fur makes their look even more distinct. Like …


Sea creatures from Japanese tsunami are just now arriving on Pacific coast

The deadly 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan were devastating to life both on land and in the ocean. Years later, we're still discovering …


These Vivid Bird Photographs Nearly Fly off the Screen

“Does the world really need another photo of a cardinal?”<p>That's the question Sean Graesser asked himself a few years ago as he carefully untangled a …


This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators

North American walnut sphinx caterpillars tend to do more chewing than chatting, but when they’re an open beak away from becoming lunch, they’ll let …


The week in wildlife – in pictures

Bearded tits in Norfolk, rutting deer in Dublin, and a hungry polar bear in Alaska are among our pick of images from the natural world


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


A New Dawn for the Night Parrot

Night Parrots were rediscovered in 2013, a century after the last sighting of a living individual. <i>Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library</i> …


English town enlists beavers to prevent floods

Sometimes dam-building rodents make the best neighbors.<p>In 2012, the center of Lydbrook, a village skirting the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, …


Which Bird Is the Fastest Runner?

<i>This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations</i> …


A baby dragonfly's mouth is the stuff of nightmares

The jaw structure of dragonfly nymphs is both brilliant and terrifying.<p>We usually think babies are adorable, but baby dragonflies turn that belief on …


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 …