Tag: Animal Migration

Interior Dept. Takes Next Step Toward Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge

The Trump administration reached a milestone this week in its plan to open a pristine part of Alaska to oil and gas development with the release of a final report on the environmental impact of the plan. The report keeps the Interior Department on track to auction leases for the right to drill in the […]

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The 9/11 Tribute Lights Are Endangering 160,000 Birds a Year

Every year on Sept. 11, two soaring beams of light turn on over Lower Manhattan in a glowing tribute to those killed 18 years ago. Observers looking closely can spot dots and shapes gathering inside the towers of light, moving, multiplying, wheeling lower and lower. These dots are actually birds, who are drawn to the […]

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These High-Flying Geese Are ‘the Astronauts of the Bird World’

Each year, bar-headed geese migrate over the Himalayas from India, at sea level, to the Tibetan highlands in China and Mongolia. This journey includes an elevation change of more than 26,000 feet in eight to 12 hours. “They’re the astronauts of the bird world,” said Julia York, a graduate student at the University of Texas […]

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Some Migratory Birds Sleep Better Than Others

Every spring, throngs of garden warblers make a treacherous, multiweek journey from their winter homes in Africa to their summer breeding grounds in Europe. The small, brown-and-white songbirds fly thousands of miles, across the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea, en route to their destinations. It’s an exhausting, arduous trip, and the warblers make numerous pit […]

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These Animal Migrations Are Huge — and Invisible

Ladybugs briefly took over the news cycle. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service were looking over radar images in California on the night of June 4 when they spotted what looked like a wide swath of rain. But there were no clouds. The meteorologists contacted an amateur weather-spotter directly under the mysterious disturbance. He wasn’t […]

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The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

REEDS BEACH, N.J. — On a recent spring day at this remote beach, hundreds of shorebirds flapped frantically beneath a net trapping them on the sand. Dozens of volunteers rushed to disentangle the birds and place them gently in covered crates. On a nearby sand dune, teams of scientists and volunteers attached metal leg bands, […]

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