New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be...

Remote camera network tracks Antarctic species at low cost

An international research team has developed a simple method for using a network of autonomous time-lapse cameras to track the breeding and population dynamics...

The mystery of lime-green lizard blood

Green blood is one of the most unusual characteristics in the animal kingdom, but it's the hallmark of a group of lizards in New...

Whole-tree logging may not hinder plant biodiversity

As much as we love our two-by-fours and toilet paper, many of us have mixed feelings about logging. Those feelings can morph into straight-out...

Ecologists expose bias in forest restoration studies

When embarking on a reforestation project, is it better to let an area regenerate on its own, or take active steps like planting trees?...

Forest loss in one part of US can harm trees on the opposite coast

Large swaths of U.S. forests are vulnerable to drought, forest fires and disease. Many local impacts of forest loss are well known: drier soils,...

Small birds almost overheat while feeding their young

For decades, researchers have thought that access to food determined the brood size of birds. Now, biologists at Lund University in Sweden have discovered...

Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands

Australia has a bunch of kangaroo species, Madagascar has multiple species of lemurs, the Galapagos Islands have boulder-sized tortoises--islands get lots of cool animals....

How the waterwheel plant snaps

The midrib of the leaf (which has been transformed into a snap trap) bends slightly downwards in a flash, the trap halves fold in,...

Wildfires may cause long-term health problems for orangutans

Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and large-scale farming, may face another threat in the form of smoke from natural...

Lifting the economy on hawks’ wings

What can help boost Michigan's economy? American kestrels. A new Michigan State University study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and funded by the National Science...

Location of protected areas vital to wildlife survival

Location, location, location is not just a buzzword for homebuyers. A new study, by 17 conservation scientists and environmental scholars, say the exact location of...

What is a species?

Nature is replete with examples of identifiable populations known from different continents, mountain ranges, islands or lowland regions. While, traditionally, many of these have...

Angry birds: Size of jackdaw mobs depends on who calls warning

Jackdaws recognise each other's voices and respond in greater numbers to warnings from familiar birds than strangers, new research shows. The birds produce a harsh...

Leopard meals: Females go for diversity

Leopards, top predators of the African savannah, are known to feed on a variety of prey species. These include smaller and medium-sized mammals such...