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Fisher photographed in the Bronx - First ever NYC record of this squirrel and rat predator

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & NC State University

Following the paw prints of their larger carnivore cousins, coyotes, fishers are now …

Obama launches efforts to save honey bees -

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Honey bees pollinate fruit, nuts and vegetables
• Pollination is crucial for the food industry
• Honey bees have declined sharply due to pesticides, mites and other factors
• In California, the almond industry is at risk because it relies on bees for pollination

The United States is launching …


Center for Tropical Forest Science receives grant to study diversity of tree communities

The Center for Tropical Forest Science, a joint research program of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Arnold Arboretum of …

Loss of animals spells doom for diversity of rainforest trees

Soon after a dirt road through the forests of Lambir Hills National Park in Borneo was improved in 1987, local markets selling the meat of wild …

Can animals take a selfie?

Yes! When an animal trips a “camera trap” as a part of a project between the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Smithsonian.

These …


Love tequila? A toast to pollinating bats!

Do you enjoy Tequila? Then you need to raise your glass to the pollinating bats that helped to make it! Here at Smithsonian Science we are …

Not Just the Birds and Bees – 6 Fast Facts About Pollinating Bats


The birds and the bees may rule the daytime, but as soon as the sun sets, it is the bats that get to work pollinating. Worldwide, over 500 species …

Zoo Adopts Stray Cat After It Sneaks in and Becomes BFF With Lynx

A stray calico cat snuck into Russia's Leningrad Zoo in search of food, and ended up finding a new home and a new best friend.

The homeless cat …

10 invasive species

They're not monsters, but they are a problem for native flora and fauna. Here are ten of the ecological troublemakers finding their way into American landscapes and waterways.

Six lionfish, which are native to the Indian Ocean, were accidentally released into the Caribbean in 1992 when an aquarium …

Invasive Species

The Gypsy Moth and the threshold of extinction

Maggie Koerth-Baker on how protecting endangered species has taught us something about eradicating invasive ones.

In the battle against invasive species, the scientists who are responsible for fighting off and ideally, eliminating the invaders have an unlikely ally — the scientists who try to keep …


Photo Gallery: Seven Surprising Pollinators


We’re all familiar with the beleaguered honey bees and beautiful butterflies that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. But pollinating animal …

Animal Behavior

Photos of Wildlife Across America

This week, I returned from a road trip vacation across America, driving from Boston to my home outside Yosemite, California. I visited four national …


News of the Wild - National Wildlife Federation

Coyotes Cause Cats’ Caution

05-28-2014 // Roger Di Silvestro

A NEW STUDY OF FERAL AND STRAY CATS near six parks and nature preserves in the Chicago …

A 182-Year Old Tortoise And The 6 Other Most Mindblowingly Old Animals Of All Time

1. Jonathan the tortoise

Jonathan, the giant Seychelles tortoise, lives on the island of St. Helena and is believed to be the world’s oldest living …


Weird tiny fish has the strongest suction powers in the animal kingdom


Your phone can finally do something really great: help endangered animals

Around the world, species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. They’re dying so fast and from so many different causes — habitat loss, climate change, hunting, competition with invasive species — that scientists no longer have a good sense of which need protection. A study recently published …


Royal Mail sustainable fish special stamps – in pictures

Royal Mail

Woman Knocked Out Cold By Aggressive Neighborhood Hawk

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Remember that 1963 movie where Alfred Hitchcock in a cameo appearance walks out of a pet shop as Tippi Hedren walks in?

“And when …

Alfred Hitchcock

Light-Colored Butterflies and Dragonflies Thrive as European Climate Warms and Changes

Climate change is impacting our world in unprecedented ways. Now, scientists have found that it may be influencing the evolution of insects across …


Mama Bear Reaches Over Concrete Median To Rescue Her Highway Stranded Cub

While passing through Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, a driver for Tornado Hunter named Ricky Forbes captured this amazing footage of a …


Humpback whale washes up in Half Moon Bay

A small dead Humpback whale washed ashore in Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay Wednesday afternoon.

After coming close to shore Wednesday near Surfer’s Beach, waves pulled the whale some 300 feet back out to sea by Thursday morning, according to researchers from the California Academy of Sciences.

Top 10 new species of the past year – in pictures


This Is What Happens When A Giant Sea Turtle Crashes Your Wedding

Wedding crashers are often a couple's worst nightmare. But when the crasher is a giant sea turtle, the bride and groom might let it slide.

Redditor In3 posted the following picture Sunday after tying the knot in St. Croix, where a very unexpected wedding guest showed up.

But this wasn't just any old …


It’s Not All Mutant Beetles: Wildlife Around Chernobyl Is Adapting to Radiation

It’s been 28 years since an apocalyptic reactor explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant made a 1,000-square-mile section of Ukraine completely …


Why You Need Not Fear the Poor, Misunderstood Brown Recluse Spider

It’s hard to think of a critter that inspires as much hyperbolic hysteria as the brown recluse spider. They’re pretty much universally hated. If you …

Snail Consumes Worm With Incredible Efficiency

A couple weeks ago, we showed you a photo series from Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko in which he explores the secret lives of snails. …


Poachers take chunks from California redwoods, putting them at risk -

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In darkness, poachers cut the burl from the base of redwoods in California
• The lumpy growth is sold for thousands of dollars to make furniture
• Officials close a road through the redwood forest at night to protect Earth's tallest trees
• One official likens the burl poaching to killing …


Scientists propose new classification scheme for invasive species - Conservation

Triage is a concept that is increasingly infiltrating the hearts and minds of conservationists and conservation researchers around the world. In a …


Mystery Solved: Minke whales behind Antarctic quack - Conservation

Since the 1960s, scientists and seafarers working in the Southern Ocean have puzzled over the rhythmic quacking sound heard everywhere from the …