NEW BIRD SPECIES?

Birds often choose their mates based on song, making it a key factor in separating species. However, analyzing spectrograms can only tell us so much—the characteristics that birds hone in on when identifying potential mates may not be the same ones scientists notice in audio recordings. A new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances uses […]

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Contaminated Water Kills Thousands Snow Geese — Natural History Wanderings

Birdwatch Magazine reports Contaminated water kills thousands of Snow Gees in Montana Several thousand Snow Geese have died a harrowing death after a blizzard forced large flocks to land on the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open cast mine in Montana on the night of 28 November. Read full story at Contaminated water kills thousands of […]

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The toxic smog’s next trick: making the Taj Mahal disappear — Quartz

Over the past few days, tourists visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal have barely been able to view it. The deadly smog that has made normal breathing impossible in large parts of northern India, particularly in Delhi, has rendered the iconic monument almost invisible. The city of Agra, where the Taj is located, is a little…

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Bristlecone Pines Resistant To Mountain Pine Beetle — Natural History Wanderings

News Release U.S. Forest Service Great Basin bristlecone pine has the longest lifespan of any non-clonal organism worldwide. We found that mountain pine beetle, a native insect which has killed millions of pine trees in the past decade, is not attracted to Great Basin bristlecone pine.

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California Sea Otter Population At Record High Number — Natural History Wanderings

The Mercury News reports In a historic rebound, California sea otters, the frolicking ocean ambassadors of Monterey Bay and Big Sur, have reached their highest population level since 1982, when federal and state officials first began keeping track. Read story at California sea otter population reaches record high number

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