Storm petrels are one of the world’s most abundant seabirds, but their numbers have plummeted in some places.
Seabird colonies are thought to be in rapid decline. But knowing just how severe the loss is can be a challenge, so some scientists are turning to bird poop for the answer.
We found plastic waste in pellets seabirds regurgitated and lining the nests where they raise chicks.
Litter on a Cape Town beach.
Knowledge about the movement of marine plastics will help reduce the impact of plastic pollution in water bodies.
Scientists were struggling to keep track of illegal fishing in international waters and the seabirds it threatened. Then they had an idea.
A common guillemot colony on the Farallon Islands, California.
As well as a stark warning about climate change, the disaster underlines the importance of wildlife monitoring.
Emperor Penguin in Antarctica.
Emperor Penguins thrive in harsh conditions, but a new study shows that their fate depends on human action to slow global warming and associated loss of sea ice.
An oiled penguin in the aftermath of a spill in the waters of Algoa Bay.
Oil spills from a project that's designed to harness the economic potential of South Africa's oceans are threatening the world's largest remaining African Penguin colony.
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New study shows warming oceans are responsible.
The SeaGen tidal generator in Northern Ireland leaves turbulent water – and lots of fish – in its wake.
Alex Nimmo Smith
New research finds birds like to forage for fish in the wake of a tidal power plant.
New findings from the Chagos Islands are a perfect parable for the Anthropocene.
Seagulls travel together in groups, but prefer to be alone when they feel sick.
Birds can usually sense when they are not feeling well and like many other creatures, seem to seek out-of-the-way places to be alone.
A drone image of a breeding colony of Greater Crested Terns. Researchers used plastic bird decoys to replicate this species in an experiment that compared different ways of counting wildlife.
A few thousand fake ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.
African penguins appear to move away from areas where seismic underwater surveys are happening.
Loud noise from underwater seismic surveys can drive penguins from their normal foraging grounds.
Bycatch: penguins can easily drown in nets designed to ensnare fish.
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Penguins in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere face an uncertain future as a new review documents the number accidentally ensnared in fishing nets.
Pacific seabirds, such as this Great Blue Heron, can accumulate mercury in their bodies from the fish they eat.
Mercury levels in seabirds living off the coast of British Columbia have been stable in recent years. New research suggests that this may be due to changes in their diet, not pollution control.
Many seabird species, including the blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), consume plastic at sea because algae on the plastic produce an odor that resembles their food sources.
Thousands of seabirds die every year from consuming plastic trash in the oceans. But why do they eat plastic? New research shows that it produces odors that help some species find prey.
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Population declined by 95% in the years around World War II, according to a new study.
Had a gutful of plastic rubbish affecting wildlife?
Britta Denise Hardesty
By 2050, 99% of the world's seabird species will be accidentally eating plastic, unless we take action to clean up the oceans. And some of the highest risk to wildlife is in the Southern Ocean off Australia.
Australasian Gannets are one reason to get out bird-watching this weekend.
Here’s an activity for you this weekend: either staying at home or heading bush, count the number and type of birds you see. It’s all part of BirdLife Australia’s Challenge Count, an annual event that’s…
Birds aloft off Boreray on St Kilda.
Scotland is renowned for its seabirds, thanks to landmarks such as the Bass Rock, Ailsa Craig and St Kilda. There are around five million of the birds, including 95% of the EU’s great skuas, 67% of its…