Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

© Katja Schulz / Flickr This witch doesn’t fly around on a broomstick, yet an unexpected sighting of a 7-inch black moth in October is likely to catch your attention.With their bat-like flight, black witch moths may bring with them treats of fortune or bad omens.

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Photo © Tiomax80 / Flickr CGS writer Justine Hausheer is an avid photographer and nature-lover, and social media helps her engage with those passions in her daily life.

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Photo © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr Each morning, before I put the kettle on or open the news to see what fresh hell awaits our pandemic-blighted world, I check on the frogmouths.

A New Life for Old Bird Data

A New Life for Old Bird Data

Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar / Flickr On June 7, 1982, researcher Donna Compton stood out on The Nature Conservancy’s Regal Meadows preserve in Minnesota, setting up bird survey stations.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Photo © Jim / Flickr We all know that chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, and the like are all domesticated animals, descended from wild relatives yet altered significantly by deliberate human intervention.

Hellbenders Need You to Stop Messing With Their Bedrooms

Hellbenders Need You to Stop Messing With Their Bedrooms

Like many misunderstood and undervalued creatures in the country’s wilds, the hellbender faces innumerable threats from poisoned water to climate change.Photo © Seánín Óg / Flickr As young, small hellbenders, they live under smaller rocks with gravel allowing an increase in oxygen flow.

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Included in the family are such charismatic critters as badgers, otters, ferrets and martens.Marbled polecat © ZooFanatic/Flickr under a creative commons license This may be the most beautiful of the mustelids, with striking color and spotting patterns.

Why Do Little Birds Mob Big Birds?

Why Do Little Birds Mob Big Birds?

Flickr Back at its display ground, a red-winged blackbird will fend off rivals of its own species at its territory, but like many birds, will also drive away just about anything that gets near.

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing. Photo © Dan Streiffert /Flickr Mateo started studying ground squirrels in 2002. While the ground squirrels I’m watching in Idaho don’t show family favor, they still recognize relatives even after hibernating for nine months.

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

But it was also on Flickr that Smith discovered the then-small community of "light painters"—photographers who shoot at night, using colored light sources and long exposures to create intricately composed images.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Flickr Cofounder Caterina Fake Weighs In On Big Tech

Gadget Lab Podcast: Flickr Cofounder Caterina Fake Weighs In On Big Tech

Those are the conversations we’ve been having for the past 15 to 20 years about technology.” But that narrative in tech is evolving, Fake tells WIRED on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast, from one of ideation, optimism, and changing the world to a stark reality in which technology can do as much harm as good.

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

Mandarin duck © Chris Anderson / Flickr Say you’re out for a bit of winter birding at the local nature reserve. Waterfowl are fun to watch and accessible birds for many people. Just about any city pond, park and canal has some waterfowl to spot.