May 31, 2010

Birds and Humans

Naturalist Graeme Gibson muses on our ancient relationship with birds.

May 28, 2010

Sibley – Drawing Birds

An accomplished avian artist continually refines his craft.

May 27, 2010

Storks – Homing

Pairs of white storks amaze Hungarians by returning year after year to nest in the exact same spot.

May 26, 2010

Earthquakes & Pipelines – Pipeline Bends

Researchers work to understand how pipelines are impacted during the extreme forces of an earthquake.

May 25, 2010

Wrens of Ecuador – Group Sing

One species of wren lives within an extended family. Could a lack of available real estate explain this unusual living arrangement?

May 24, 2010

Science Diaries: Tree Rings Natural Archive

By reading a tree’s rings, scientists can tap in to a vast archive of natural history.

May 21, 2010

Sibley – Like An Oasis

Like the inhabitants of New York City, migrating birds find Central Park an oasis amidst the metropolitan landscape.

May 20, 2010

Storks – Voices

Baby storks have a cry remarkably like human babies, but adult storks clatter their bills instead of calling.

May 19, 2010

Earthquakes & Pipelines – Soil Liquefaction

Underground pipelines are vulnerable to the geological changes that occur during earthquakes.

May 18, 2010

Wrens of Ecuador – Discovery

Rather than vocalize in your typical bird duet, a species of tropical wren sings in a chorus.

May 17, 2010

Science Diaries: Tree Rings Cross dating

Before dendrochronologists attempt to interpret a tree’s rings, they make sure to assign each ring to its corresponding year.

May 14, 2010

Sibley – Language of the Birds

Correctly identifying bird sounds is similar to learning a second language.

May 13, 2010

Storks – Legend

The white stork is a revered creature in Hungary, a central figure in fable and folklore.

May 12, 2010

Horseshoe Crabs – Part of The Food Web

Horseshoe crabs are being harvested for bait, threatening their survival as well as the migrating birds which depend upon them for food.

May 11, 2010

Wrens of Ecuador – Why

Unlike their quieter sisters to the north, female tropical wrens can sing with the best of them.

May 10, 2010

Science Diaries: Tree Rings Got rings?

In regions without clearly defined seasons, a tree’s rings are not easily identifiable.

May 7, 2010

Sibley – Birdwatching 101

As any expert would tell you, the first step to bird watching, is well, finding the birds. Here are some tips.

May 6, 2010

Science Diary: NestWatch – TV

What does a bird enthusiast watch on TV? News? Sports? Soaps? Well, no… she watches her backyard birds.

May 5, 2010

Sibley – Warblers

The “Holy Grail” of bird watching is finding and identifying warblers, and the best month to go on this quest is May.

May 4, 2010

Science Diaries: Tree Rings Millennia

For meteorological data preceding our own recordkeeping, just ask a tree!

May 3, 2010

Science Diaries: Tree Rings Increment Borer

There are better tools than a chain saw to access a tree’s annual growth rings.