News and stories about wildlife, environment


CBSNews, July 31, 2020: Washington officials captured their first invasive murder hornet, with less than two months until mating season 

TheGuardian, July 29, 2020: Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops, study finds  

NYTimes, July 2, 2020: Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.   

NYTimes, June 22, 2020: Not exactly news, but an interesting read about giving rattlesnakes a break. The Misunderstood, Maligned Rattlesnake   

EcoWatch, May 18, 2020: In Florida, Scientists Spot ‘Ultra-Rare’ Blue Bee Feared Extinct

Science, May 20, 2020: A deadly virus is killing wild rabbits in North America

LiveScience, May 20, 2020: High-speed video shows every second of a praying mantis’s lethal strike

NYTimes, Apr. 8, 2020: What’s Wrong With Butterflies Raised in Captivity? A study suggests that monarchs bred by enthusiasts were less fit than those that started as caterpillars in the wild.  

WashingtonPost, Mar. 24, 2020: For more than a decade, butterflies have repeatedly landed on me. I think I’m blessed by the red admiral. 

NYTimes, Mar. 20, 2020: West Coast flocks are going missing. What’s Happening to the Monarch Butterfly Population?    

CNN, Mar. 3, 2020: Pesticides Damage the Brains of Baby Bees, Research Shows

NYTimes, Mar. 2, 2020: Sneezing Dogs, Dancing Bees: How Animals Vote   

WashingPost, Feb. 22, 2020: Welcome Bugs into your yard. You might just save the world.    

The Guardian, Feb. 20, 2020: Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists  

CNN, Feb. 6, 2020: Bumblebees are going extinct because of the climate crisis, but there are easy ways to help

WashingtonPost, Feb. 3, 2020: World’s fireflies threatened by habitat loss and light pollution, experts warn  

CNN, Jan. 21, 2020: The missing link between dinosaurs and birds has been found. ‘Dancing dragon’ feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China 

Nationalgeographic, Jan. 9, 2020: 10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’

Smithsonianmag, Jan. 14, 2020: Like Humans, Grasshoppers Grapple With Gravity’s Effects on Blood Pressure

Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2019: Birds are shrinking. These scientists say it’s a consequence of global warming.

ScienceAlert, Nov. 21, 2019: This Fossil Find of an Ancient ‘Snake With Legs’ Tells an Incredible Story   

NYTimes, Nov. 18, 2019: ‘The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell:’ The bacteria in a bird’s microbiome seems to play an important role in the odoriferous messages it sends to other birds.

BBC, Sept. 15, 2019: Wasps: If you can’t love them, at least admire them  

NYTimes: Tiny and sort of cute, they live nearly everywhere, including our yards.The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’

Huffpost: Here’s why scientists are giving honeybees tiny ‘backpacks

TheGuardian: Seven new frog species discovered in Brazil — they’re smaller than bumblebees! Hollywood’s Hummingbird Rehabber Tells All   

BBC:The Smelliest Animals: Some animals and plants smell plain horrible, making whiffs of excrement or rotting meat. These pongs have proved to be valuable tools Bright Lights Bring More Bad News for Urban Bats These spiders might be “singing” right in your very own yard. Take a listen. Can a Spider Sing?

CNN: Recent studies suggest another alarming addition to the list of threats facing bees—aluminum-laced nectar: Are bees getting dementia?

Huffpost: Uh, oh! We can run, but we can’t hide. From mosquitoes, that is — it’s in our genes!

Thedailybeast, Review of: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. This fascinating book presents an entertaining look at the amazing intelligence of octopuses and the implication that all wildlife might be self-aware. Including those in our own yards.

Huffpost: U.S. Honey Bees are Disappearing Very Quickly, USDA Report Finds