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Do City Birds Outlive Country Birds?

Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings. The study was led by the Migratory Bird Center using the Smithsonian’s… read more

Wind energy and nature

Research shows: first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands has positive impact on marine life Because many people do not want modern windmills ‘in their back yard’, wind parks are being built in sea, where people can not see them.… read more

Armored giant turns out to be vital ecosystem engi..

The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is not called a giant for nothing: it weighs as much as a large dog and grows longer than the world’s biggest tortoise. However, despite its gigantism, many people in its range—from the Amazon to… read more

Smaller Fish – The Decade’s Most Underreported..

What was the underreported environmental story of the decade? In 2000, Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen coined the term “Anthropocene” (anthropos = human being)  for the current epoch in recognition of humans as a dominant force for environmental change on… read more

As Humans Change Landscape, Brains of Some Animals..

A new study suggests that the brains of several small mammals, including those of the little brown bat, have grown bigger as humans have altered the animals’ living conditions. Evolutionary biologists have come to recognize humans as a tremendous evolutionary… read more