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July 12, 2023

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Exposure to Neurotoxic Rodenticide Bromethalin in Birds of Prey

In 2020, Tufts Wildlife Clinic Director Maureen Murray, V03, published a study that showed 100% of red-tailed hawks tested at the clinic were positive for exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs). Such exposure occurs when these chemicals are used to kill mice or rats, which eat the poison, and ...

Using AI to Save Species from Extinction Cascades

Algorithms can predict what movies or songs you might like, but they can also predict which species a predator would most likely eat. Researchers have been using machine learning to identify species interactions, and can predict which species are most likely to go extinct, so that intervention can ...

Preying on Hungry, Anxious Worms

Scientists find that the 'feel good' brain chemical dopamine regulates anxious worm behavior in the presence of nipping predators. The findings illuminate how this dopamine-regulated brain pathway may be related to anxiety and could provide insight into human conditions such as post-traumatic ...

Study Shows Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Is Widespread and Heritable in Macaque Monkeys

Observations of a wild colony of macaques over three years show same-sex sexual behavior among males is widespread and may be ...

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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales Are Acting Weirdly

We humans can be a scary acquaintance for whales in the wild. This includes marine biologists tagging them with measuring devices to understand them better. These experiences can make whales behave ...

Marine Heat Waves Caused Mass Seabird Die-Offs, Beach Surveys Show

New research uses data collected by coastal residents along beaches from central California to Alaska to understand how seabirds have fared in recent decades. The paper shows that persistent marine ...

Similar to Humans, Elephants Also Vary What They Eat for Dinner Every Night

A detailed analysis of the dietary habits of elephants showed surprising variation from meal to meal, which could have important ramifications for wildlife protection and conservation ...

Apex Predator of the Cambrian Likely Sought Soft Over Crunchy Prey

Biomechanical studies on the arachnid-like front 'legs' of an extinct apex predator show that the 2-foot (60-centimeter) marine animal Anomalocaris canadensis was likely much weaker than ...

Warmer and Murkier Waters Favor Predators of Guppies, Study Finds

Changes in water conditions interact to affect how Trinidadian guppies protect themselves from predators, scientists have ...

Birds Raise Fewer Young When Spring Arrives Earlier in a Warming World

A new study of North American songbirds finds that birds can't keep up with the earlier arrival of spring caused by climate change. As a result, they're raising fewer young. By the end of ...

Counting Africa's Largest Bat Colony

Artificial intelligence and computer vision provide most accurate estimate ...

Early Birds of the Future: Earlier, but Still Too Late?

Birds need to adapt to climate change, but evolution is a slow process. Model species such as the great tit are an indispensable yardstick for our ability to predict the impact of climate change on ...

Rising Monkey and Pig Populations Pose Human Disease Risk

Exploding populations of wild pigs and macaque monkeys in Southeast Asia are threatening native forests and disease outbreaks in livestock and people, according to new ...

A New Species of Mosquitoes Found in Finland -- Official Count of Species Now at 44

The mosquito species Culex modestus has been found in Finland for the first time. In Southern Europe it is known to spread West Nile virus, but it is highly unlikely for the disease to occur in ...

Birds and Honey Badgers Could Be Cooperating to Steal from Bees in Parts of Africa

The honeyguide bird loves beeswax, but needs help breaking open bees' nests to get it. So it shows a honey badger the way to the nest, who rips it open and together they share the rewards. Or so ...


A Seed Survival Story: How Trees Keep 'Friends' Close and 'Enemies' Guessing

A new study that included millions of tree-year observations worldwide for the first time documents and analyzes the intricate balance between seed defense and dispersal by forest trees at a global ...

Vaccine to Protect Crocodiles and Multi-Million Dollar Industry

Scientists have developed vaccine will protect farmed saltwater crocodiles from West Nile virus (WNV), providing economic and biodiversity benefits to northern ...

Songbird Study Shows One Hit Wonder Has to Change His Tune to Attract a Mate

Over two years, researchers recorded and analyzed 7,000 songs of wild blue tits breeding in closely monitored nest boxes. They devised an experiment which involved playing song recordings to ...

Boom! Detecting Gregarious Goliath Groupers Using Their Low-Frequency Pulse Sounds

From growls to booms, whales, fish and crustaceans all produce sounds. Selecting the gregarious Goliath grouper, researchers deployed a novel automated detector and localization model to find ...

Undergrad-Driven Project Reveals Drought's Effects on Painted Turtles

A projected rise in droughts could muddy the waters for painted turtles and some fellow freshwater-dwelling reptiles, says 11 years of data collected by 50-plus undergraduates. Two recent studies ...

欧洲鸟社区搬到寒冷地区,布鲁里溃疡t Mountain Ranges and Coastlines 'Control the Traffic'

A recent study shows that European bird communities have shifted northeastward in the past 30 years. These shifts are faced with obstacles such as mountain ranges and coastlines. Overall, bird ...

Orangutans Can Make Two Sounds at the Same Time, Similar to Human Beatboxing, Study Finds

Orangutans can make two separate sounds simultaneously, much like songbirds or human beatboxers, according to a new ...

Humans' Ancestors Survived the Asteroid Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs

A Cretaceous origin for placental mammals, the group that includes humans, dogs and bats, has been revealed by in-depth analysis of the fossil record, showing they co-existed with dinosaurs for a ...

Why Hellbenders Are Disappearing

The gigantic, slimy salamanders known as hellbenders, once the apex predators of many freshwater streams, have been in decline for decades. A study has determined that in deforested areas, hellbender ...

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