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Native birds in South-eastern Australia worst affected by habitat
New research has found that habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, and south-eastern Australia has been the worst affected. (2019-09-02)
Despite habitat protection, endangered owls decline in Mount Rainier National Park
When the Northern Spotted Owl was protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, the primary threat to the species was the loss of old-growth forest. (2019-08-08)
NZ big bird a whopping 'squawkzilla'
Australasian palaeontologists have discovered the world's largest parrot, standing up to 1m tall with a massive beak able to crack most food sources. (2019-08-06)
1 in 300 thrives on very-early-to-bed, very-early-to-rise routine
A quirk of the body clock that lures some people to sleep at 8 p.m., enabling them to greet the new day as early as 4 a.m., may be significantly more common than previously believed. (2019-08-06)
Barn owls may hold key to navigation and location
The way barn owl brains use sound to locate prey may be a template for electronic directional navigation devices, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are recreating owl brain circuitry in electronics. (2019-08-01)
New species of lizard found in stomach of microraptor
A team of paleontologists led by Professor Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with researchers from the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature, have discovered a new specimen of the volant dromaeosaurid Microraptor zhaoianus with the remains of a nearly complete lizard preserved in its stomach. (2019-07-11)
Is wildfire management 'for the birds?'
Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat. (2019-07-02)
Old-growth forest may provide valuable biodiversity refuge in areas at risk of severe fire
New findings show that old-growth forests, a critical nesting habitat for threatened northern spotted owls, are less likely to experience high-severity fire than young-growth forests during wildfires. (2019-07-02)
Being a 'morning person' linked to lower risk of breast cancer
Being a morning person (popularly known as larks) is associated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer than being an evening person (popularly known as owls), finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2019-06-26)
Night owls can 'retrain' their body clocks to improve mental well-being and performance
A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of 'night owls' -- people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits -- could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress. (2019-06-09)
Google searches reveal popular bird species
Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species drive human interest. (2019-04-15)
Alligator study supports convergent evolution of spatial hearing
Alligators encode a sound's location in space like birds but differently than mammals, according to a comparative animal study published in JNeurosci. (2019-03-18)
Alligator study reveals insight into dinosaur hearing
UMD biologist finds alligators build neural maps of sound the way birds do, suggesting the hearing strategy existed in their common ancestor, the dinosaurs. (2019-03-18)
Little owls on the move
New study on an owl's re-colonization of northern Switzerland. (2019-03-12)
Owls against owls in a challenge for survival
Scientists are puzzling out how to address the declining numbers of northern spotted owls (NSO) in their Pacific Northwest forest habitat. (2019-03-05)
Researchers reveal brain connections that disadvantage night owls
'Night owls' -- those who go to bed and get up later -- have fundamental differences in their brain function compared to 'morning larks,' which mean they could be disadvantaged by the constraints of a normal working day. (2019-02-14)
Why large forest fires may not be a big threat to some endangered animals
A new study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications shows that certain endangered owls may continue to persist and even flourish after large forest fires. (2019-01-29)
Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease. (2019-01-29)
Streaming chill vibes? Spotify data says the season is the reason
Our music choices are influenced by season and time of day, and differ by gender, age, and geography, according to a new study from Cornell University. (2019-01-29)
Is being a night owl bad for your health?
In the first ever international review of studies analysing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods. (2018-11-30)
Trading sex for sleep -- Aging dormice shorten their hibernation for more reproduction
Edible dormice are extremely long-lived thanks to their seasonal dormancy with hibernation periods lasting between at six and eleven months. (2018-10-31)
Owls help JHU scientists unlock secret of how the brain pays attention
Studying barn owls, scientists believe they've taken an important step toward solving the longstanding mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. (2018-10-30)
Adapt, move or die: how biodiversity reacted to past climate change
A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. (2018-08-30)
Lichen is losing to wildfire, years after flames are gone
As increasingly hot and severe wildfires scorch the West, some lichen communities integral to conifer forests aren't returning, even years after the flames have been extinguished, according to a study from scientists at the University of California, Davis. (2018-08-09)
Wildfire management designed to protect Spotted Owls may be outdated
According to a new study, forest fires are not a serious threat to populations of Spotted Owls, a species that acts as an indicator of biological health to the old-growth forests where they live. (2018-07-24)
Public support for Endangered Species Act is widespread
The Endangered Species Act is portrayed -- by critics of the law, often by the media, and sometimes by conservation professionals -- as increasingly controversial, partly due to the protection of species such as wolves and spotted owls. (2018-07-23)
Study finds 84 highly endangered Amur leopards remain in China and Russia
Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China. (2018-07-13)
To help save northern spotted owls, we need to prevent kissing cousins
The Auk: Ornithological Advances presents a study on a Northern Spotted Owl pedigree, consisting of almost 14,200 individuals over 30 years, which determined inbreeding varies across the species' range. (2018-07-04)
Neuroscientists uncover secret to intelligence in parrots
University of Alberta neuroscientists have identified the neural circuit that may underlay intelligence in birds, according to a new study. (2018-07-03)
Owls see as humans do
A study of barn owls published in JNeurosci suggests the visual systems of humans and birds may be more similar than previously thought. (2018-07-02)
Early birds less prone to depression
A study of 32,000 women found that those with an early chronotype, or sleep-wake preference, were significantly less likely to develop depression. (2018-06-14)
Night owls have higher risk of dying sooner
Night owls -- people who prefer to stay up late and sleep late -- have 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than larks, people who go to bed early and rise early, reports a new study. (2018-04-12)
Scientists records brain activity of free-flying bats
Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed a way to study the brain of a bat as it flies, recording for the first time what happens as a roving animal focuses and refocuses its attention. (2018-04-10)
Poor grades tied to class times that don't match our biological clocks
It may be time to tailor students' class schedules to their natural biological rhythms. (2018-03-29)
Humans behind majority of raptor deaths in Ontario, study finds
University of Guelph researchers found that a majority of raptor deaths are due to trauma and starvation caused by urban expansion and other types of anthropogenic landscape alterations. (2018-03-12)
'Spectacular' finding: New 3-D vision discovered in praying mantis
Miniature glasses have revealed a new form of 3-D vision in praying mantises that could lead to simpler visual processing for robots. (2018-02-08)
Marijuana farms expose spotted owls to rat poison in northwest California
Spotted owls and barred owls are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. (2018-01-11)
Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests
Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada's national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species' habitat. (2017-12-06)
A win-win for spotted owls and forest management
Remote sensing technology has detected what could be a win for both spotted owls and forestry management, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and the University of Washington. (2017-10-04)
A beautiful wing design solution inspired by owl feathers
Lehigh University researchers have formulated a mathematical solution that could help minimize noise, maximize aerodynamics in design of porous airfoils (2-D wings) to improve wind turbines and air vehicles. (2017-09-26)
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