Healthy turkeys on a farm in West Newfield, Maine.
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Hunters are warned to take precautions handling wild birds, and the virus can spill over to non-avian species, so no one should approach wild animals that appear ill.
A group of female eider ducks with one male.
The common eider nests in colonies on islands of the St. Lawrence estuary. The down that the female duck takes to fill her nest has exceptional insulating properties.
Avian flu spreads quickly through domestic poultry flocks.
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Bird flu is highly contagious in domestic flocks, and a major outbreak is underway in the US. A veterinary scientist explains what consumers need to know.
Avian cholera is a highly contagious disease that has produced rapid population loss in Northern common eiders.
We can learn about the spread of diseases through populations by studying naturally occurring instances of herd immunity. Avian cholera in the Canadian Arctic provides a useful case study.
Your local ducks (and other wild birds) will thank you.
Fossil remains indicate these birds had a wingspan of over 20 feet.
Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous ‘toothed’ bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.
Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California.
The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.
The South Georgia pintail duck scavenges on dead seals.
On one of the world’s most remote islands, a species of duck has learned to scavenge on dead seals.
Mallard pair at the at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Much of the money for wildlife conservation in the United States comes from taxes and fees paid by sportsmen. But as fewer Americans take up hunting, wildlife managers need other funding sources.
The H5N8 virus is especially dangerous for migratory birds.
Studies of animal-human interactions in various settings could perhaps help prevent bird flu and the mass slaughter of animals it inevitably leads to.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.
When shot and injured but not killed, ducks will be left to fend for themselves under new Victorian laws.
Just before dawn on the third Saturday in March, the first shots will be fired, and the 2013 Victorian duck hunting session will commence. But 2013 will be unlike previous years. You are probably unaware…