Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

For scientist Sophie Gilbert, who spent four recent summers tracking the movements of Sitka black-tailed deer in the Tongass National Forest in a project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that means notebooks with waterproof paper.

How Does a Newt Cross the Road? With Lots of Human Help

How Does a Newt Cross the Road? With Lots of Human Help

On particularly warm and damp winter nights, as thousands of Pacific newts venture out onto the verdant Petaluma hills north of San Francisco—so does the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade.Helping a few small newts cross a 1-mile stretch of country road offers a way, they said, to keep hope.

What Damaged That Tree? Probably Not What You Think

What Damaged That Tree? Probably Not What You Think

So, next time you are out enjoying the forest and you come across strips of bark at the base of a tree and obvious teeth marks on the tree trunk, keep an eye out: a bear could be nearby.

Thousands of Planes Are Flying Empty and No One Can Stop Them

Thousands of Planes Are Flying Empty and No One Can Stop Them

Lufthansa, Germany’s national airline, which is based in Frankfurt, has admitted to running 21,000 empty flights this winter, using its own planes and those of its Belgian subsidiary, Brussels Airlines, in an attempt to keep hold of airport slots.

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

© Sjensen~ / Flickr Throughout the summer months, we supply birds with water, which they use for drinking, bathing, or simply cooling off.Going back to heated birdbaths, if managed properly, we can use these to allow birds to drink from it, and not bathe.

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

On average, from 2017 to 2019, only 66 percent of moose calves survived their first 60 days.Not only do moose lack a grooming instinct, but they also offer a thick, eight-inch coat, keeping ticks “nice and warm,” Blouin says.

Meet the Muskrat: Push-Up Champion of Cattail Marshes

Meet the Muskrat: Push-Up Champion of Cattail Marshes

Muskrats don’t cache food for the winter like a beaver so they must find fresh aquatic plants every day under the ice, though they’ll occasionally snack on small fish, clams, snails and turtles, too.

It’s the warmest winter on record - again

It’s the warmest winter on record - again

NIWA meteorologist Nava Fedaeff also said there were 76 locations across the country that experienced a record or near-record warm winter.To put this winter’s record warmth in perspective, Ms Fedaeff delved into historic weather records and found that the last time New Zealand experienced a similar sequence of events was 50 years ago.

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, remembers walking into forests of northern Mexico to the deafening chatter of hundreds of thick-billed parrots.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

At the end of the film, Captain America passes on his iconic shield to Sam Wilson, an airman turned Avenger known as the Falcon, who takes to the skies with the aid of a pair of mechanical wings.

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

This was the time of year they’d ordinarily start looking at their numbers for influenza, the seasonal flu—to see how bad the outbreak would be, and to assess how well that year’s vaccine dealt with the protean respiratory virus.

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

When I got into mountain climbing years ago and had to get all the equipment, it happened to be during the annual end-of-winter sales, and I lucked into some terrific prices.Updated March 11, 2021: REI's winter clearance sale is over, but many items are still discounted.

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

I've crossed out some sold-out items, re-added some that have come back into stock, updated pricing, and added five new deals.Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package #4-6 for $297 ($32 off) : If you want to start climbing trad or need to update your rack, you're going to need cams.

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Then, the unexpected happened: My husband Zach got me an Xbox One as a Christmas gift.“Y’all this winter has me depressed AF, but Zach got me an Xbox for Christmas, any suggestions on what games I should play?”.

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

“We don’t know anything about king penguins at Martillo Island,” says Sami Dodino, a penguinologist at Argentinian scientific institute CADIC.Ushuaia, right at the southern tip of Argentina, is known fondly as “The End of the World.” Travel around 1,000 km south and the next place you reach is Antarctica (although not before passing through another settlement on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams—“Beyond the End of the World”).

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.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus © Chris Helzer/TNC For one week each fall, in between bouts of watching football, harvesting the garden or cleaning up all those fallen leaves, hundreds of thousands of people deliberate on some really fat bears.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

The vaccine process nears a new phase, Biden plans his pandemic response, and the winter surge arrives.The 13-member team of doctors and health experts will help the president-elect develop a plan for tackling the pandemic and work with governors to develop consistent messaging at the state and federal levels.

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

This year’s result also means seven of the 10 warmest winters on record in New Zealand have occurred since the year 2000.This was the highest temperature recorded there during winter since records began in 1885 and the equal-4th warmest winter temperature on record for New Zealand as a whole.

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

In fact, several sites have recorded half their typical snow depth for this time of year.Overall, Drs Zammit and Conway say warmer winter temperatures in future are expected to cause more precipitation to fall as rain and not snow, especially at mid and low elevations.

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Last year NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley launched the Arrowtown project that included some outdoor monitoring and indoor air quality monitoring by people in their homes.

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup from sugar maples.Various types of maples, boxelder, walnut, sycamore, birch, and a few additional tree species have all been tapped for syrup making.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years .These wild swings from one weather extreme to another are symptomatic of a phenomenon, variously known as “climate whiplash” or “weather whiplash,” that scientists say is likely to increase as the world warms.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.