Griffin Skyping with another former student, Gabriella. Given that almost everyone is now interacting with friends and family over platforms like ZOOM, Skype, FaceTime, etc., I’m often asked about how parrots might deal with virtual interactions. As with most questions about parrots, the answers are complicated. The primary issues involve their visual system, which differs
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Conservationists warn that up to half a million sharks could be killed to produce the coronavirus vaccine. Sharks produce squalene, the natural oil in their livers, that’s used in vaccines around the world. Squalene is used to create a stronger immune response in the vaccine, therefore increasing its efficacy. GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company, uses squalene
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Black Rail being banded by Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana’s director of bird conservation. Photo: William Widmer Some call it “mythical.” Others have dubbed it “the bird that doesn’t exist.” Of course, neither is true: While extremely rare and almost impossible to find, Black Rails are defintely real, and new steps taken this week aim to ensure the bird continues
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Bradford Kasberg in Eggers Grove, Chicago. Photo: Frankie Pedersen The 1893 World’s Fair, held in Chicago, celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. To support the Columbian theme, city leaders raised statues of the explorer to honor what was widely regarded as his discovery and the subsequent conquest of a wild and empty
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Cerulean Warbler. Photo: Gary Robinette/Audubon Photography Awards The Delaware River Watershed is a system where resilient communities thrive alongside priority bird species, spanning 13,500 square miles of diverse habitat across Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. It’s a landscape that is home to more than 400 bird species and 8 million people. From the
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Shutterstock While training pets can be challenging, a pocket full of treats will go a long way in your adventure together. But if you aren’t careful, treat training can lose its meaning, making it tougher to learn in the long run. We spoke to animal behaviorist Kelly Ballantyne about the best ways to motivate your
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