Other Animals

Reddish Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards (March 22, 2021) – Today the Deepwater Horizon Trustees announced nearly $100 million in new Gulf restoration projects, including almost $35 million specifically to support bird populations that are still recovering from the oil spill nearly 11 years ago. Several of the projects selected for funding are included
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Elephants are gentle giants that are often taken advantage of by human beings. The endangered animals are trophy-hunted, pushed out of their natural habitat, poached for their ivory, neglected in zoos, exploited for various tourist attractions, and forced to perform in circuses. There are some amazing, credible sanctuaries out there for elephants, however, there are
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Plenty of people support the idea of a diverse, inclusive outdoors, but helping to make that a reality can feel complicated or intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. If you don’t have to consider your identity or fear for your safety while birding, running, thru-hiking, or spending time in nature, you are ideally positioned to be
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Magnolia Warbler. Photo: Seth Davis/Audubon Photography Awards Forests offer more than just beautiful scenery. They also protect drinking water, serve as stopover habitat for migratory birds like Magnolia Warblers, and are an important piece in our defense against climate change. Like any resource, forests need care and investment to reach their fullest potential. As climate
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Canada Geese are important to Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. Photo: Brendan Forward What a difference a few weeks make. As I write this, we’re about a month into the Biden-Harris administration, and the conservation landscape has completely changed. With the commitments that the administration has already made to a number of
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“Critically endangered orangutans, tigers, elephants and subsistence farmers, are now all struggling to survive in remnant forests,” said Leif Cocks, founder of The Orangutan Project, in an emailed statement. “Over 80% of native forest in Sumatra and Borneo have been cleared for large plantations. [embedded content] When you add in a global pandemic which has
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What do Barn Owls, Common Nighthawks, and Killdeer have in common with the finale of Haydn’s Symphony No. 14? A pattern—specifically, moth-like flight motion punctuated by quick directional changes and bursts of activity. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts will celebrate both in a unique concert and children’s program premiering on March 23. In a COVID-adapted
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Kenyan elephants risk a slow extinction in a bleak, ever-shrinking “ecological island” in one of the country’s most picturesque and photographed landscapes, according to a government report. The animals face a grim future as habitat loss is exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on tourism, which is pushing landowners to sell off areas for development, and
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Brown-headed Nuthatch on a Longleaf Pine. Photo: Matt Tillett/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) DOVER, Del. – Today, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 22 banning the commercial traffic of invasive plant species in Delaware during Delaware Naturally, an environmental summit sponsored by the Delaware Native Species Commission. Introduced by sponsor Sen. Stephanie Hansen (D-10th District) and
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Western Meadowlark. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies The past few years have confirmed that North American birds are in bad shape. Three billion North American birds have perished since the 1970s. A warming future may force many of those remaining to the brink of extinction. And the birds of America’s vast grasslands are the hardest hit
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Millions of migratory birds occupy seasonally favorable breeding grounds in the Arctic, but scientists know little about the formation, maintenance and future of the migration routes of Arctic birds and the genetic determinants of migratory distance. In new research, a multinational team of researchers established a continental-scale migration system that used satellite tracking to follow
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The allegedly dark-money-fueled HB6 legislation wiped out Ohio’s renewable energy standard, which could have driven 10-times more solar installations than HB6, according to an analysis. Illustration: Fabio Consoli With renewable energy on the rise, many electric utilities—especially those dependent on fossil fuels—are facing a crisis. Some are embracing the challenges necessary to implement new infrastructure,
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Scientists at Chicago’s Field Museum are researching how deforestation is affecting animals’ stress levels. Just like humans, it seems, animals are feeling the mental effects of climate change and deforestation. The scientists studied hormones in South American marsupials and rodents’ fur and found those in deforested areas were under more stress than those with intact
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JAKARTA — Forests in parts of Indonesia regions that have remained largely untouched are now fast disappearing as deforestation driven by agribusiness and infrastructure development moves east, according to a new report. Using deforestation data from the University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) data set and land cover maps from the Ministry
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Animal rights activists in Canada are angry after it was revealed that Canadian companies purchased 1,000 monkeys for animal testing from Cambodia, according to the National Post. Activists argue the country should not be supporting inhumane breeders. In 2020, the government approved the import of 1,056 macaques from Cambodia for “scientific and research” use in
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A wild parrot was found in Brazil with a devastating injury to its beak. For many years, the technological ability to help repair damages to nature has been on the uptick. One of the most satisfying trends has been 3D printing of damaged and essential parts of creatures in our animal kingdom and their appendages.
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