Other Animals

Acorn Woodpecker. Photo: Wen-Kai Weng/Audubon Photography Awards This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. Transcript: This is BirdNote. A large, dark woodpecker clings to the side of a tree. Its face is almost clown-like, boldly patterned in
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Fall migration is here, bringing with it an abundance of opportunities to spot and celebrate North American birds with others. Community and conservation groups have organized meetings, festivals, and conferences to take advantage of this peak season. Some events are species-specific, honoring birds like the Bald Eagle or the Sandhill Crane. Others combine birding with bluegrass
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Dark-eyed Junco. Photo: Christine Haines/Great Backyard Bird Count WASHINGTON (September 19, 2019) — Today, Science published a study by a joint team of conservation biologists describing a grim picture: a steady decline of nearly three billion North American birds since 1970, primarily as a result of human activities. In other words, within one human lifetime,
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Wildlife killing contests sound bizarre to the average person that doesn’t wish to harm animals, but they are real. South Dakota runs a program calledNest Predator Bounty Program which pays children to kill animals like raccoons, striped skunks, opossums, badgers and red foxes. New Jersey also hosts a horrific hunt in which they teach children
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Dr. Pepperberg’s parrots would respond flexibly to various human queries (e.g., “What’s this?”, “What color?”, “What shape?”, “How many?”, “What’s same/different?” etc.) Although some researchers argue that turn-taking—in all forms, but particularly with respect to communication—is a uniquely human skill (Melis et al., 2016), elements of such behavior are common in many birds. For example,
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The U.S. Department of the Interior last week took a major step toward the first-ever oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In a decision that outraged but did not surprise environmentalists, the agency announced its final plan to develop one of the world’s last great wildernesses, acknowledging that its chosen course might wipe out some bird species
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Green Heron. Photo: Mark Eden/Great Backyard Bird Count This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. Transcript:  This is BirdNote! The heron you’re most likely to see in North America is the tall Great Blue Heron. But this
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An investigation conducted by conservation non-profit World Animal Protection has revealed the horrific conditions that thousands of big cats—mostly lions and tigers—are being forced to endure in industrial farms across South Africa and Asia which supply the traditional medicine market. Investigators say that they witnessed lion cubs pacing around crying in the small enclosures of
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