What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

McMahon does not approve of accounts like Manhattan Bird Alert and worries about how the crowds of gawkers are affecting the animals.“I don’t want that rare bird being surrounded by people!” she says.

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.

Bike Hacking 101: Learn to Maintain and Upgrade Your Ride

Bike Hacking 101: Learn to Maintain and Upgrade Your Ride

The company’s new Home Mechanic Starter Kit ($160) offers 15 basic tools and products that beginners need to clean, maintain, and repair their bikes.Added bonus: The tools come in their own box and, best of all, it includes a copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair.

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

We essentially recognized that stocking westslope cutthroat and grayling in the Upper Gibbon was assisting their adaptation to climate change, and ensuring a future for native fish in the park for generations to come.”.

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

That makes the drive-thru—where 70 percent of McDonald’s sales have taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic globally in top markets—existentially important.And the company is even considering a concept store with limited or no in-room dining at all, just a kitchen surrounded by drive-thru lanes and pick-up parking.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Heat exhaustion is a culmination of overheating, dehydration, and other factors overloading the body's cooling system, which causes a lot of problems.As a Wilderness First Responder, dealing with people suffering from heat exhaustion is one of the toughest parts of the role, because they often don't want to be helped.

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

A 2017 study by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Park Service found that human noise doubled background sounds in 63 percent of US protected areas.There are still some quiet places left, however, where the sounds of humanity give way to the natural world.

Tips for a Fun Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tips for a Fun Nature Scavenger Hunt

While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.You want the list to include items that your kids will be guaranteed to find early (rocks, sticks, leaves), so there is early encouragement to continue on the hunt.

In Minneapolis, Neighbors Are Mobilizing—Offline

In Minneapolis, Neighbors Are Mobilizing—Offline

That morning, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz had claimed during a press conference that highly-organized outside groups, including white supremacists and drug cartels, were believed to be part of the protests that had turned violent in South Minneapolis, leaving hundreds of buildings damaged and burned in recent days.

How Will We Dine and Uber in the Post-Pandemic City?

How Will We Dine and Uber in the Post-Pandemic City?

There's not a lot of traffic right now, but there's reason to believe that people aren't going to be so willing to get on public transit after this.

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

But there was plenty of fun at Magic Spoon, a cereal startup celebrating its first year in business.Making it through year one as a startup seemed like cause for celebration, but so was the last month of sales, some of the highest Magic Spoon has seen yet.

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

After building miles of bike lanes and turning huge swaths of the city car-free, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has reduced car traffic by 22 percent.

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Animals like elk in North America and vicunas in the Andes also share those same priorities, and what new research shows is how they respond to those fears depends mostly on what’s trying to eat them.

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

“It was like looking at a mini-Grand Canyon,” said Sikorsky, a Kansas State University graduate research assistant in the Park Management and Conservation Departments of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

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.

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

In other words, the food urban dwellers eat turns out to be more important for global biodiversity than the direct environmental impact of the urban areas in which they live.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Likely causes include an alien amphibian disease called chytrid fungus, development, urban runoff, water loss from diversions, drought and fire from climate change, past predation by humans and current predation by non-native fauna.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat

Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat

With these lab-spun gelatin fibers, the researchers provided a similar kind of scaffolding, to which they added either cow or rabbit cells.“You don't want the cells to be like bricks in a brick building,” says Parker.

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

On cold mornings, you’ll also see steam leave a bull’s mouth and nose while it’s bugling, which leads Clarke to believe smaller air passages of nostrils or front pouch of the lips may have something to do with the whistle that’s too high pitched to normally be coming out of an animal so large.

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

“She has a much larger platform because she’s talking about a global phenomenon.” Like the Parkland students—notably Emma González and David Hogg—Thunberg excels at using her personality to humanize a complex political issue, and, as Middaugh puts it, “clapping back at critics.” “They share this ability to use participatory, social media activism methods while also interfacing with public officials,” she says.

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Recently, in the music video for "Keeping Tabs," the 21-year-old Chicano chillwave artist Omar Banos, who performs under the name Cuco, goes on a spiritual, mind-expanding journey.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

You've Never Seen Skateparks Like This Before

You've Never Seen Skateparks Like This Before

When you think of skateboard photography, you probably picture a skater flying through the air while performing some recondite feat of physical wizardry. In Amir Zaki's photographs, though, skaters themselves are nowhere to be seen.