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A First for the Atlantic Forest: Radio-Tracking the Helmeted Woodpecker

By on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - 4 Comments

Researcher Martjan Lammertink has spent the past two and a half years in Argentina studying the rare Helmeted Woodpecker (Dryocopus galeatus), which lives in the heavily deforested Atlantic Forest of southeastern South America. A handsome bird with a spectacular bushy … Continue reading

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Slow Down and Enjoy These High-Speed Birds and Beetles in Action [video]

By on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - 19 Comments

By Shailee Shah A chameleon’s tongue, a bee’s flight, a cheetah’s chase, a kingfisher’s dive, a manakin’s “singing” wings—many animals go about their lives doing things in the blink of an eye. There is a whole secret world of the … Continue reading

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Dodging Dive-Bombers on an Island in Maine [slideshow]

By on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 - 12 Comments

Two interns per year get to visit Appledore Island in Maine for a summer of sunrises, monitoring Herring Gull chicks, dodging protective gull parents, and learning every inch of an island you can walk across in 20 minutes. We’ve always … Continue reading

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A New Generation of “Digital Ornithologists”

By on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - 2 Comments

It’s an exciting time to be in field biology—the naturalists of today have more tools at their disposal than ever before. To learn how to use those tools, a group of Cornell students have been spending this summer in the … Continue reading

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Peek Into a Puffin Burrow in Iceland [sounds and video]

By on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 - 3 Comments

Studying puffins in Iceland, where the birds are numerous but also vulnerable to changes in climate and oceans, is important work—but it doesn’t always look like it. Researchers like Erpur Hansen who want to know how the breeding season is … Continue reading

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