Meet the Mountain Chickadee

Meet the Mountain Chickadee

“To claim dominance, a mountain chickadee darts or hisses at the other bird, or it’s revealed by those who hang back around a feeder,” says McCallum.

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

On top of each was a special light containing blue, red, green, and UV LEDs behind a diffuser, allowing the researchers to light up the feeder in a variety of nonspectral colors.

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.

The Big Bat Year: A Quest to See the World’s Bats

The Big Bat Year: A Quest to See the World’s Bats

Photo © Nils Bouillard He modeled the idea on the popular concept of the Big Year in birding, where birders attempt to see as many bird species as possible in one calendar year.“The rules for a birding Big Year are well established,” says Nils.

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

New York City officials stress that rideshare services are only offline for a few hours, from the 8 pm curfew until just after midnight, and the New York Police Department claims Citi Bikes and Revel scooters were shut down due to concerns people were using them for looting.

The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators

The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators

In 2015, New Zealand’s government launched a nationwide effort called Predator Free 2050 with a $17 million (28 million New Zealand dollars) investment to rid the country’s 164,375 square miles of invasive mammals in the next three decades.

A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

In 1933, Peterson convinced Houghton Mifflin to publish a Field Guide to the Birds as a new way to identify our feathered friends.Identifying nature is fun, but what I love most about field guides is that the change the way you see .

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.

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Apparently, the same cannot be said for the children who were walking to school while I was taking pictures of cedar waxwings.

Cool Facts About Common Backyard Wildlife

Cool Facts About Common Backyard Wildlife

At your backyard feeder, you’re likely seeing more hawks and fewer house sparrows, plus a few new bird species.A Pack of One. Fact: You may be hearing more urban coyotes, but it’s likely not as many as you think.

Enjoy the Red-Winged Blackbird Show

Enjoy the Red-Winged Blackbird Show

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.

To Fight Covid-19, Curb the Spread of Germs—and Rumors

To Fight Covid-19, Curb the Spread of Germs—and Rumors

That’s not the only kind of sharing there is, however, and it’s not what my student was describing.People may still post public messages not directed at anyone in particular (“To whom it may concern on the internet”), but the most problematic information about the crisis is often locally-focused, spreading through group chat or texting or email between friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

It’s a list of all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard.More relaxed birders often keep a running list of new species seen in the yard.

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Attendees: Come visit WIRED HQ, located at the Yardbird in the Venetian.Samsung T7 TouchPhotograph: SamsungIt's not easy to get excited about hard drives, but if you're a proponent of security—and happen to need extra storage space—then you'll be happy to learn that Samsung's new portable solid-state drive (called the T7 Touch Portable SSD), comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

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.

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Photo © Ben Herndon Gliding down a forest trail, fresh snow falling as the sun sets, may be one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the great outdoors.Since grouse don’t dig their snow cave, you can’t really track the bird.

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.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

This Upland Sandpiper Was Banded 13 Years Ago. And It’s Still Alive.

This Upland Sandpiper Was Banded 13 Years Ago. And It’s Still Alive.

Photo © Greg Kramos Thirteen years ago, researchers banded an upland sandpiper on the Konza Prairie Biological Station , a field research station in the Flint Hills of Kansas .

Banding Hummingbirds

Banding Hummingbirds

She’s the only person permitted to band hummingbirds in Arkansas. “By banding we can prove we have the same hummingbirds returning,” she says while looking through glass at the gut of a bird that’s smaller than a Matchbox car.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC These “passport stamps” are data points that help us understand that kestrel’s movements and migrations throughout its life — and HawkWatch staff and volunteers have now banded about 2,000 kestrels since 2013.

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.

The Extinct Birds Project

The Extinct Birds Project

Artwork © Alberto Rey, The Extinct Birds Project Even in crowded museums, I can usually count on having the bird specimen displays to myself. Rey began pursuing the project in 2015, when he gazed at a drawer of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

Even after a discovery in 2006 showing 400 piping plovers wintering in the Bahamas, researchers likely only know where half the population spends much of its year, says Jeffery.

A New View of Bird Vision

A New View of Bird Vision

Birds see in four classes of color – blue, red, green and shorter wavelengths – violet or ultraviolet (UV) – depending on the species. Similar studies have looked at the role of the UV color spectrum in the way turkeys select their mates.

Where Have All the House Sparrows Gone?

Where Have All the House Sparrows Gone?

House sparrows are often considered one of the most adaptable birds, capable of thriving amongst our farms, suburbs and cities. The house sparrow appears to be a clear winner in the Anthropocene: an adaptable bird capable of thriving equally well on cities and in farms.

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees In Los Angeles, electric scooter sharing company Spin will hire employees to collect, charge, fix, and redeploy its vehicles every day.

Micromobility: the Prose and Poetry of the Scooter-Faithful

Micromobility: the Prose and Poetry of the Scooter-Faithful

Micromobility: the Prose and Poetry of the Scooter-Faithful The hype around shared, electric scooters, bikes, and other gizmos has produced a "micromobility" conference, though even the companies involved have started to acknowledge their industry is not a money-printing machine.