Avian influenza virus — or bird flu — can infect domestic poultry such as chickens and turkeys, as well as wild birds. The H5N1 strain has been identified in Canada.
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.
In nature, one group of bacteria produces magnetic particles to orient themselves along Earth’s magnetic field lines.
Some bird species travel thousands of miles every year as part of their annual migratory journeys.
Imagine flying for five days straight, arriving at your destination emaciated and exhausted, only to find your habitat has disappeared. Such is the plight of the Latham’s Snipe.
Some birds may effectively possess an in-built, global GPS system.
Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely
Geese honk loudly and point their bills toward the sky when they’re ready to start the migration. Here’s how they know it’s time, how they navigate and how they conserve energy on the grueling trip.
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.
With careful observation, you can start to recognize that one sassy squirrel or the cardinal pair who call your neighborhood home.
The Canadian Prairies are vanishing more quickly than the Amazon rainforest as they are converted for agriculture and industrial uses.
Even in the breeding grounds, we found that European bee-eaters preferred the company of some birds over others. These tended to be the individuals they migrated with.
A collection of millions of bird sightings has identified the best places to invest in conservation.
Artificial light, from low-level backyard lighting to lights in office buildings and skyscrapers, distract migratory birds with deadly effects.
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.
Fall is peak activity time for adult blacklegged ticks, increasing the risk of tick bites on both people and pets.
There are hundreds of variations on the basic ‘flavour’ of bird migration.
Migrating to Europe changed the immune systems of birds who no longer needed to worry about African diseases.
The Trump administration is narrowing protection for migratory birds to cover only deliberate harm such as hunting, but not threats like development or pollution that kill millions of birds yearly.
If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.