Wildlife and Nature

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Scientists Just Discovered There Are 'Bees' in the Oceans

Huh...<p>For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land.<p>Just …

Oceans

These Bizarre Creatures Defy What We Think We Know About Plants And Animals

You might have played the game called “animal, vegetable, mineral”. One player thinks of an object or organism and the other players ask questions to …

Flowers

Ant colonies discovered farming their own fruit crops

The insects may have started farming millions of years before humans developed agriculture.<p>Humans are not the only creatures on Earth that are known …

Fruit

Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?

We have no rituals for coping with extinction, ecological destruction or environmental loss. And that’s a problem. Now, an impassioned group of artists and activists are trying to create them.<p>In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many …

Ecology

Dolphin reproduction hurt by BP oil spill

Among 10 pregnant dolphins over 4 years, only 2 gave birth<p>Dolphins living in a Louisiana bay polluted by BP's massive 2010 offshore oil spill have …

Oil Spills

Starvation killed 80,000 reindeer after unusual Arctic rains cut off the animals' food supply

In August, a lightning blast claimed the lives of more than 300 reindeer in Norway. The month before, an anthrax epidemic - which Russian officials blamed on microbes that thawed after spending decades frozen inside a reindeer corpse - sickened several indigenous people in Siberia. Anthrax killed a …

Thousands of dead fish clogged a New York canal. Why?

Residents of Hampton Bays, N.Y., awoke Monday morning to find their local canal clogged with tens of thousands of silvery, dead fish. The bodies were packed together so tightly that it looked as though you could walk across them, one man told the local news channel News12. The air was thick with …

Fish

Narwhals Can 'See' Unlike Any Other Animal on Earth

Scientists just unlocked the secret of the unicorn whales.<p>It doesn't get much better than a narwhal. These bizarre creatures are a species of toothed …

Animals

Blistering bat smokes flight speed record with 100 mph zoom

There are some mighty fast flyers in the avian world, but even the most rapid cannot match one nocturnal mammalian speed demon. Scientists studying …

Aviation

New Species Of Bee Are Drilling Into Sandstone To Make Their Home

The red rock deserts of southern Utah are shaped by erosion. Wind and water wear down the sandstone into unique formations. Now, there is a new force …

The most stunning photographs from David Attenborough's Planet Earth II

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Nature

Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches

The birds have some clever adaptations to keep their noggins safe.<p>During election season, everyone can relate to woodpeckers: We all feel like banging our heads against the wall.<p>The birds handle it better, though, so Weird Animal Question of the Week was pleased to look into Derek Halas’s question: …

Headaches

11 facts about North America's temperate rain forests

Dive into this ecosystem in Pacific Northwest, home to the only temperate rain forests on the continent.<p>When we hear the word "rain forest" most of …

Forests

Don't underestimate the life-saving power of urban trees

Major new study details the pollution-scrubbing, temperature-lowering qualities of the urban canopy.<p>We already know that urban trees can help deter …

Urbanism

Where the buffalo roam: Herd treads again on tribal land

WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo. (AP) — The men stood by the edge of the corral to mark the release of the first buffalo to run on the Wind River Indian Reservation in decades.<p>The sound of their drums mixed with their voices lifted in song and the 10 buffalo shifted nervously before finally they …

American History

Elk sighting in S.C. is the first in 275 years

An elk trotting around the northern part of South Carolina since Oct. 21 has caused quite a stir, and it's for good reason: Elks haven't been spotted …

Travel

World's wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans - in pictures

Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF and ZSL. From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity

Habitats

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by Almost 60% in 40 Years, WWF Says

Global wildlife populations have plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by conservation group …

Wildlife

Saving Mexico's endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too

Sea turtles have been around for 150 million years, but today's pace of climate change represents an existential challenge. Regis Duvignau/Reuters<p>Adán Echeverría-García, <i>Universidad Autónoma de Baja California</i><p>Seven of the world's eight sea turtles species nest on the beaches of Mexico - undertaking …

We have 20 years -- at the very most -- to prevent mass extinction

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Earth's next mass extinction -- the first caused by people -- is on the horizon. And the consequences are almost unthinkably dire: Three-quarters of species could disappear.<p>This has happened only five times in the planet's history -- including the mass extinction that killed the …

Biological Species

The Misadventures of Canuck, the World's Most Infamous Crow

You may have heard of the exploits of Canuck, a hand-raised crow from Vancouver, Canada, that was caught making off with a knife from a crime scene …

Behind the Scenes at Connecticut’s Biggest Baby Bird Nursery

Eat, poop. Eat, poop. Eat, poop.<p>That’s the life of a baby bird. It’s a simple routine, but one that keeps the volunteers at the makeshift wildlife …

Birds

This Year’s Monumental Victories in Protecting Bird Habitat

Over the past eight months, President Obama has created more public lands than any other commander in chief in U.S. history. Since February, he’s …

Those Ancient Stone Tools — Did Humans Make Them, Or Was It Really Monkeys?

A stone tool found in the sand has always been considered the handiwork of early humans and their ancestors. But a remarkable discovery in a Brazilian forest suggests that might not be so.<p>Scientists saw a group of capuchin monkeys making stone flakes, an important type of early tool. It's not clear …

Monkeys

That's the spot! Koala enjoys some belly rubs

Despite his ferocious name, Wolverine the koala is a cuddly guy who never wants the belly rubs to stop.<p>Wolverine is a resident of the Currumbin …

Rare brown panda is funny, cute and looking for a mate

When Qizai was found by researchers in the Qinling Mountains in central China, the rare brown and white panda cub had been abandoned by his mother. …

Bears

Oryx calf born in Chad for the first time in 3 decades

The scimitar-horned oryx is impressively adapted for survival in the harshest desert conditions, able to live for as long as 10 months without …

Endangered Species

Ancient 'Frankenstein' bug stumps scientists

This 100-million-year-old insect is unlike any other on Earth.<p>About 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, Mother Nature was apparently …

​How a caustic lake in Tanzania became a flamingo paradise

There's nothing more relaxing than soaking in a mineral-rich hot spring, but if you happen to visit Tanzania's Lake Natron, you're better off leaving …

Africa