Animals
Birds Survive Cold Winters By Adding a Feather Jacket

Birds Survive Cold Winters By Adding a Feather Jacket

Scientists have studied birds to try to understand how they stay warm during the cold winter months — the answer is a variety of strategies, including adding a “coat” of feathers, shivering, and some species, such as chickadees and bluebirds, huddle together to share heat — all things that humans do too.  But other cold-weather […]

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One Fun Thing: Is DC Going Batty?

One Fun Thing: Is DC Going Batty?

Of course, it is — but not for the reason you think!  Washington, D.C. may not be a state (though it should be) but there is a proposal to name the “Little Brown Bat” as D.C.’s official “state” mammal. Bats have been the subject of much negative attention thanks to their connection to coronavirus, but […]

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Coronavirus Stops Wildlife Trade In China In Its Tracks

Coronavirus Stops Wildlife Trade In China In Its Tracks

The Chinese government announced on Sunday several drastic measures to attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus in China, including China banning the trade of wild animals until the coronavirus epidemic has been eliminated across the country — the ban was deemed necessary because it appears that the disease was transmitted to humans through a “wet” market that traded in game meat.

Why This Matters:  There have long been calls for the Chinese to crack down on illegal wildlife trade — the question is whether the rapid spread of this virus and the fear and disruption it is causing will finally lead to an end to a permanent end to the wild animal trade there

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Yellowstone’s Wolves: 25 Years After Successful Reintroduction They Are a Star Attraction

Yellowstone’s Wolves: 25 Years After Successful Reintroduction They Are a Star Attraction

In January 1995, the National Park Service undertook a project to re-introduce wolves into Yellowstone National Park — wolves had been driven out early in the 20th century — and from the 14 animals who were relocated from Canada into the Park, there are now 14 packs (more than 100) make the Park their home. 

Why This Matters:  It was hugely controversial at the time, but looking back now, the successful re-introduction shows, once again, the power of the natural world to regenerate if given the chance

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Most Earthworms Are Invasive, What Does that Mean for Ecosystems?

Most Earthworms Are Invasive, What Does that Mean for Ecosystems?

We generally think of earthworms as beneficial and essential to healthy soils–and in many ways they are! But did you know that much of the United States isn’t actually supposed to have any earthworms? As the Atlantic reported, “Until about 10,000 years ago, a vast ice sheet covered the northern third of the North American […]

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Heroes of the Week: The Team Trying To Save An Injured Right Whale Calf

Heroes of the Week: The Team Trying To Save An Injured Right Whale Calf

Baby North Atlantic Right Whales are sadly rare — this species of whales is on the brink of extinction with the death rate exceeding the birth rate — the population is now hovering at about 400.  In early January, local scientists off the coast of Georgia were encouraged to spot 27-year-old female Derecha with a […]

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