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Crow and Magpie Nests Show
the 'Birds Are Outsmarting Us'
Jul 15, 2023 3:55 PM CDT
Crow and Magpie Nests Show the 'Birds Are Outsmarting Us'
Study finds they have made nests using anti-bird spikes
- Crows in particular have long demonstrated spooky levels of intelligence, but a new Dutch study shows they, along with magpies, have an ability to adapt to their urban environments that isn't just clever but ironic as well. The
reports that researchers with Rotterdam's Natural History Museum and...
Dolphin Moms Use
'Baby Talk' With Calves
Jun 30, 2023 2:52 PM CDT
Dolphin Moms Use 'Baby Talk' With Calves
Their whistles are higher-pitched when addressing their young ones
- Baby talk isn't just for humans and our kids—or pets. A study in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
suggests dolphin mothers also use a form of "baby talk" when communicating with their young through their distinctive whistles. Researchers found that female bottlenose dolphins adjust...
Tree-Eating Habits of
Moose Could Affect Climate
Mar 19, 2023 4:15 PM CDT
Tree-Eating Habits of Moose Could Affect Climate
The dietary habits of moose are affecting the way forests store carbon dioxide
- An adult moose can stand up to 7 feet tall and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They also eat at least 60lbs of food a day—including trees—and it turns out that their diet could have a surprising effect on the climate. Referencing a recent study in the...
This Odd Stowaway Lived
on Cruise Ship for Weeks
Mar 9, 2023 12:00 PM CST
This Odd Stowaway Lived on Cruise Ship for Weeks
A Florida wildlife official captured the bird after Royal Caribbean ship docked
- In late January, a burrowing owl caused headaches for Florida Fish and Wildlife officials when it decided to stow away for two weeks on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The small owl , named for its habit of nesting and roosting underground in locations like golf courses, is well-adapted to living...
New Rx From Canadian Docs:
Date With Mother Nature
Feb 2, 2022 11:29 AM CST
New Rx From Canadian Docs: Date With Mother Nature
Canadian doctors can prescribe free yearlong pass to 80 national parks, historic sites to boost health
- Just what the doctor ordered: a stroll through your local national park. That's the new prescription that patients in several Canadian provinces might now receive from health care professionals, thanks to a program being backed by Parks Canada. The
reports the government agency has joined PaRx: A...
Sep 26, 2021 3:54 PM CDT
Quiet Cities Filled With Birdsong
Some species spread their wings during COVID lockdowns
- When human activity receded in crowded areas during the pandemic lockdowns, some animals got a little bolder. And when the human-caused noise pollution in cities quieted down, birdsong filled in, a new study shows. The “anthropause,” the fancy new word for the dip in traffic and noise, left...
'Chocolate Frog' Discovered
in New Guinea Swamp
May 31, 2021 4:30 PM CDT
'Chocolate Frog' Discovered in New Guinea Swamp
Beautiful brown amphibian is likely related to Australian tree frogs
- No, it's not Harry Potter magic invading the world of muggles. It's just a surprisingly cool skin color. Some frogs, possibly a new species of tree frog, have been found in New Guinea. Tree frogs are usually green, but these look like they've been dipped in...
Bodies of Water Are
Suing the State of Florida
May 3, 2021 10:50 AM CDT
Bodies of Water Are Suing the State of Florida
Orange County lakes, streams file suit against state, housing developer under 'right of nature' law
- Late last year, voters in Orange County, Fla., pushed through a "rights of nature" law, making it the largest US municipality to do so, per a November release from the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. The legislation basically gives rights to rivers, streams, marshes, and lakes throughout the...
Nature Is 'Unraveling'
Before Our Eyes
Sep 10, 2020 8:36 AM CDT
Nature Is 'Unraveling' Before Our Eyes
It's time to overhaul our food system: WWF report
- Nature is "unraveling" at a rate not seen for millions of years. That's according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund, which finds wildlife populations have fallen by an average of 68% since 1970. In Latin America and the Caribbean, populations have fallen by an average...
Why These Frogs
Have See-Through Skin
May 26, 2020 7:26 AM CDT
Mystery Solved: Why These Frogs Have See-Through Skin
Glass frog's translucent legs help it hide from predators
- Scientists say they finally understand why the glass frog has see-through skin: it's camouflage—just not in the way most other tree frogs do it. An international team of scientists wondered why the glass frogs found in Central and South America have partially translucent skin—with intestines and a...
Here's How Long
Spend in Nature
Jun 14, 2019 10:02 AM CDT
Here's How Long You Should Spend in Nature
2 hours a week appears to bring health benefits, say researchers
- If you've noticed you feel better after spending time communing with Mother Nature, you're not imagining it, say researchers—and there's a sweet spot in terms of what amount of time confers the most benefits. Figure about two hours a week. Time spent outside has been tied...
Huge Biodiversity Report Sees
'Grave Impacts' for Humans
May 6, 2019 9:50 AM CDT
Huge Biodiversity Report Sees 'Grave Impacts' for Humans
UN report says nature is in worst shape it's ever been in
- Scientists say nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals. That's the key finding of the United Nations' first comprehensive report on biodiversity, per the AP . The report, released Monday, says species...
200M Dirt Piles
in Brazil Aren't
There by Accident
in case you missed it
Nov 25, 2018 3:45 PM CST
200M Dirt Piles in Brazil Aren't There by Accident
Termites have moved an insane amount of soil over 4,000 years
- Around the time Egypt's pyramids were built, another massive project got underway in a different part of the world. And like the pyramids, the resulting site in northeastern Brazil is visible from space today. But there was no ramp or pulley, or even manpower. Rather, as entomologist Stephen Martin...
Hiker Fell 60 Feet, Spent
6 Days in Australian Wilderness
Jun 8, 2018 6:15 PM CDT
Hiker Fell 60 Feet, Spent 6 Days in Australian Wilderness
'She couldn't proceed any farther and she had no way to get back out'
- A Korean hiker survived for six days in the Australian bush after falling 60 feet down a steep ravine. Twenty-five-year-old Joohee Han had hiked to the summit of Mount Tyson in Queensland, and took some pictures before she slipped and fell. She was knocked unconscious for five hours. When she...
His $1K Investment Became
$2M. Then He Gave It All Away
Jun 5, 2017 11:02 AM CDT
His $1K Investment Became $2M. Then He Gave It All Away
'You have to do some good in this world,' says Russ Gremel
- It cost Chicago's Russ Gremel $1,007 to buy almost 28,000 shares in local company Walgreens some 70 years ago. Today, those shares are worth $2 million, but Gremel isn't enjoying the payoff of his good investment—at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, he's...
It's Getting Harder
to Find the 'Call
of the Wild'
May 5, 2017 8:07 AM CDT
It's Getting Harder to Find the 'Call of the Wild'
Those peaceful sounds we love in Mother Nature are getting drowned out by humans
- The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful natural sounds—bird songs, rushing rivers, rustling grass—are being drowned out by noise from people in many of America's protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study in the journal
finds. Scientists measured sound levels in...
Is Hosting a
Mar 26, 2016 12:33 PM CDT
Snoop Dogg Is Hosting a Nature Show
Gin and moose?
- Once again proving its capacity to wield its power for good as well as evil, the Internet is now directly responsible for a new series of nature videos narrated by Snoop Dogg. The rapper honed his nature-narrating skills on
Jimmy Kimmel Live
with a recurring bit called Plizzanet Earth , CNN...
Scientists Map America's Loudest, Quietest Places
in case you missed it
Feb 21, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Scientists Map America's Loudest, Quietest Places
It's part of investigation into how man-made noise affects wildlife
- Scientists have put 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring to an interesting use: They paired them with data on overhead air traffic and average summer precipitation and turned a computer program loose on the info. The result: a detailed map of America's loudest and quietest places. Science News...
Missouri Town Hosting
Vigil for Dead Deer
Jan 7, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer
Some of suburb's residents upset by money being spent to kill deer
- Residents of a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., will hold a candlelight vigil for dead deer tomorrow night. It may sound silly, but residents are also protesting the hefty sum that Town and Country officials have paid to thin the animal's population over the last few years. Vigil organizers...
Found on 2
Nov 13, 2014 7:05 AM CST
'Unicorn Deer' Found on 2 Continents
Hunters shoot unusual creatures in Slovenia, Washington state
- You can start believing in magic again, because not only are fanged deer real, it turns out unicorns are, too. Well, sort of. In August, a hunter shot an elderly roe deer bearing a single, centered antler in the forests of Slovenia, reports
. It's not uncommon to...
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