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Yao honey-hunters harvesting a honeybee nest in Niassa Special. Reserve, Mozambique, where human-honeyguide cooperation still thrives. Photo by Jessica van der Wal

Why it’s crucial to safeguard the ancient practice of finding wild honey with birds

Cooperating with honeyguides has been found to increase food security. It facilitates cultural traditions and enables income or trade.
The chestnut-collared longspur spends the winter in Mexico and the southern United States; the Canadian prairies are its breeding grounds. (Jeremy Price)

Prairie songbirds are affected by unpredictable noise produced by oil drilling

Noise created by the oil industry impacts songbirds. Research found that constant noises, like those produced by oil wells, are less disruptive than the shorter bursts of noise produced by drilling.
Tourists cross a hanging bridge in the treetops of Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest. Matthew Williams-Ellis/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Protecting biodiversity – and making it accessible – has paid off for Costa Rica

Tourism revenues account for almost 10% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. New research shows that charismatic wildlife is necessary but not sufficient to attract ecotourists.
The only species of Australian bird which remains unphotographed. This is one of the most accurate illustrations of the species.  John Keulemans published in Gregory Mathews ‘The Birds of Australia’ 1911

Is the buff-breasted button-quail still alive? After years of searching, this century-old bird mystery has yet to be solved

It may not be extinct, but our research suggests the buff-breasted button-quail may only be hanging on by a thread, at best.

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