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Why Black Birdwatchers Want to ‘Change the Whole Face of the Outdoors’

After a racist white lady called the cops on a black man who was birdwatching in Central Park last week, the black birding community came together to launch the first-ever Black Birders Week. Read more...
Tags: Science, Diversity, Birds, Birdwatching, Central Park, Birdmodo, Diversity Outdoors


'We Belong Here': Racist Central Park Video Shows Why We Need Diversity Outdoors

The outdoors were never made for people of color. Since the forced removal of indigenous people to create today’s national parks, white people have dominated outdoor activities in the U.S. While the racist history around who has access to parks and wilderness has contributed to the current lack of diversity in green…Read more...
Tags: Outdoors, Science, Diversity, Birdwatching, Central Park, Birdmodo, Central Park Karen


Migratory Birds Are Failing to Adapt to Climate Change

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday shows that the climate crisis may be seriously messing with North American birds’ migration patterns, and the consequences could be dire.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Migratory Birds, National Academy of Sciences, Birdmodo


That Time a Loon Fatally Stabbed an Eagle in the Heart

A lake on the outskirts of Portland, Maine, became a highly unusually scene last summer when a kayaker happened upon a dead bald eagle floating face down, pierced through the heart.Read more...
Tags: Murder, Science, Crime, Maine, Loon, Eagles, Portland Maine, Birdmodo


Fly Away, Ryan

Editing Ryan has been one of the best experiences in my career as an editor. They can write about physics like no one else and have helped me understand concepts I never thought I could get my mind around, from dark matter to quantum computers to weather (actually, I still don’t understand weather). Perhaps even more…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ryan, Birdmodo


Look at These Cool Birds I've Seen

A few years ago, I stopped being afraid of birds and realized that, actually, I really liked them. It just clicked one day. It’s cool that there are so many that I can see relatively close to my house, they make for challenging photo subjects, and, in general, I love any subject that provides a large number of random…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Birds, Birdwatching, Birdmodo


Researchers Accidentally Got High on Laughing Gas From Penguin Poop

When studying penguins, there’s a surprise you’ve gotta watch out for: the laughing gas produced by their poop.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Birds, Penguins, Nitrous Oxide, Laughing Gas, Birdmodo, Penguin Poop


Giant Sloths, Medieval Dancing, and Too Many Cords: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Congratulations on making it through another week—especially now that each week feels about 2 billion years long. 2019 might as well be a myth at this point. Oh, speaking of losing all sense of time, next Sunday is Mother’s Day just FYI. So consider this your official warning siren for any gift-getting that you might…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Science, Movies, Intel, Star Trek, Movie, Birds, Garbage, Best Stories Of The Week, Movie Theaters, Star Trek Voyager, Google Pixel Buds, Pixel Buds, Birdmodo


Extremely Weird Bird Hybrid Is Back and Looking to Bone

Last fall, the birdwatching community was shocked by the appearance of a small yellow bird. Birder Matthew Grube first spotted it off of a trail near Riverside, California, noting that it looked like a hybrid of two birds from different taxonomic families. This perplexing creature has recently returned to the area,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Hybrid, Ornithology, Riverside California, Hybridization, Birdmodo, Matthew Grube


Sketchy Science Journal Publishes Article Titled 'What's the Deal With Birds?'

This past week, assistant zoology professor Daniel Baldassarre at SUNY Oswego published a paper in a supposedly scientific journal with the following abstract:Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, SUNY Oswego, Predatory Publishers, Science Publishing, Birdmodo, Daniel Baldassarre


An Isolation Guide to Birdwatching From Your Home

You’re probably spending a lot more time at home than you’re used to, doing your part to follow social distancing rules and slow the ongoing spread of covid-19. But only humans need to follow these rules—birds don’t. It’s the perfect time to start paying attention to them.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Birdwatching, Birding, Birdmodo, Coronavirus, Social Distancing


Birds Are Judging You by Your Outfit

You might be able to quickly recognize a friend from afar based on their body language or their personal fashion choices. It turns out that some birds do the same thing, recognizing familiar, harmless humans by their clothing.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Animal Behavior, Birdmodo


Hawks’ Forbidden Love Results in a Rare Hybrid

She was a common black hawk. He was a red-shouldered hawk. They weren’t in the same genus, let alone the same species, and they normally don’t even live in the same part of the continent. But in a strange twist of fate, none of that mattered: It was love at first screech.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Hybrids, Hybrid, Hybridization, Birdmodo


Fossil Reveals 'Wonderchicken,' the Earliest Known Modern Bird

A fantastic fossil found in Belgium is offering new insights into the ancient birds that gave rise to the ones still around today.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Belgium, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Bird Evolution, Early Birds, Birdmodo, Cretaceous Birds


Hundreds of Critically Endangered Vultures Killed in Possible Poisoning

Nearly 1,000 vultures died in Guinea-Bissau from a possible poisoning, according to a Vulture Conservation Foundation release. The critically endangered hooded vulture was hit especially hard, the group said.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Wildlife, Conservation, West Africa, Vultures, Guinea Bissau, Birdmodo, Vulture Conservation Foundation


These Clever Parrots Can Understand Probability

Scientists studying kea, New Zealand’s alpine parrot, revealed that the famously mischievous birds could understand probabilities, an impressive mental feat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, New Zealand, Parrots, Kea, Animal Intelligence, Birdmodo


This Slick Combo Camera, Monocular and Digital Guide Did All My Birdwatching for Me

Naturalists carry a lot of expensive toys out into the wilderness. We’ve got our binoculars to see the details and field marks of distant animals. We carry bulky DSLR cameras with telephoto lenses in case any photo ops present themselves, or in case we stumble upon something rare. Sometimes we carry a portable…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Cameras, Birdwatching, Birding, Swarovski, Binoculars, Birdmodo


Here Are Some Gulls Playing With a Dildo

Conservation photographer Jennifer Warner visited the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, California on Tuesday in order to photograph the pupping harbor seals that have taken up residence on the beach. She soon noticed some juvenile gulls chasing each another around and causing a ruckus; one of them had what she thought at…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Sex Toys, Dildos, La Jolla California, Gulls, Birdmodo, Jennifer Warner, Children 's Pool


Bird That Looks Like It Died Yesterday Turns Out to Be 46,000 Years Old

On Jacquelyn Gill’s first day doing field work at the Siberian permafrost caves during the summer of 2018, a local fossil hunter approached her with a dead bird in his hands. The translator hadn’t yet arrived, but from the freshly dead look of the bird, Gill assumed it had just recently flown into the cave and died. A…Read more...
Tags: Science, Siberia, Paleontology, Ice Age, Gill, Wildlife Trade, Pleistocene, Jacquelyn Gill, Birdmodo, Horned Larks


These Birds Learned to Avoid Yucky Food by Watching Videos on the Computer

Wild-caught birds in Finland seemingly learned to avoid certain foods by watching videos of other birds eating the snacks and reacting negatively, according to a new study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Finland, Social Learning, Birdmodo, Great Tits


Researchers See Eagle Torturing Bat by Repeatedly Dropping It in the Ocean

White-bellied sea eagles are majestic, keen-eyed predators that soar effortlessly above coastal forests and marshes. They can also be colossal jerks. These eagles were recently spotted tormenting an innocent fruit bat, repeatedly carrying it out to sea and dropping it into the waves.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Ocean, Animal Behavior, Bats, Birdmodo


These Crows Evolved Into a New Species, Boned the Old Species Too Much, Now Back Where They Started

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, a glacier advanced upon the Pacific Northwest, its ice forming a natural barrier that fractured crows into two populations. These populations began to diverge into two separate species, which ornithologists decided were distinguishable by small differences in body measurements and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Evolution, Ecology, Pacific Northwest, Ice Age, Crows, Birdmodo


California Is on the Brink of an Owl War

High in the Sierra Nevada, a spotted owl soundlessly touches down in a massive red fir. As its ears scan the forest for the faintest flying squirrel noises, the moon arcs overhead. A flood of hostile, feathered invaders is the furthest thing from its mind, but new research suggests that’s precisely what’s coming.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Forests, Sierra Nevada, Barred Owl, Birdmodo, Owl Wars, Spotted Owl


Why I Went Birdwatching at a Particle Physics Lab

We drove past the perfect-circle frozen pond delineating the Booster—the second in a sequence of Fermilab’s particle accelerators—and then onto the 2-mile ring road that traces the tunnel that houses the Main Injector accelerator. Along the road are unfrozen ponds filled with water used for cooling research equipment,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Birdwatching, Particle physics, Birding, Fermilab, Birdmodo, Twigs Boson


Scientists Built a Robot From 40 Pigeon Feathers and It Flies Beautifully

Scientists seeking to understand the mechanics of bird flight have constructed PigeonBot, a robot made from 40 pigeon feathers (and a few other components).Read more...
Tags: Science, Flight, Pigeons, Bioinspiration, Rc Planes, Birdmodo, Pigeonbot, Aerospace Engineerng, Pigeon Feathers


Scientists Describe Trove of New Bird Species on Indonesian Islands

Scientists encountered five previously undescribed bird species during a six-week trip to three Indonesian islands, according to a new study. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, New Species, Birdmodo, New Bird Species, Indonesian Islands


Watch Parrots Help Each Other Without Expecting Anything in Return

African grey parrots will help out their friends, even if they won’t personally benefit, an adorable new lab experiment shows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Friendship, Parrots, Birdmodo


Puffins Seen Using Tools for the First Time

Researchers watched puffins use sticks to scratch their backs and chests—a behavior previously unknown to scientists.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animal Cognition, Tool Use, Puffins, Birdmodo, Animal Tool Making


North American Birds Are Migrating Earlier Because of Climate Change

Every autumn as temperatures drop and insect populations decline, billions of birds migrate across the U.S. in search of warmer nesting temperatures and more food availability—both extremely good answers to seasonal depression. In the spring, the birds fly back to mate.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Birds, Migration, Bird Migration, Ornithology, Birdmodo


OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx team has decided on a location to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. It’s a 460-foot-wide crater that they’ve dubbed “Nightingale.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Bennu, Osiris Rex, Birdmodo, REx Team Will Boop