As the country’s only criminal forensic ornithologist, Pepper Trail has pieced together the demise of countless birds—and saved many others.
Hunting with flatulence. Bathing in crushed ants. Raising chicks as a septuagenarian. With about 10,000 species in the bird kingdom, there’s so much more happening behind the scenes—it’s no wonder so many people find themselves tempted to pick up birding as a hobby.
Take a pause from your regularly scheduled programming to indulge your inner bird nerd, and dive into some of the captivating stories, sights, and sounds of the world’s most ubiquitous non-human vertebrates.
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Researchers studying ancient cassowary egg shells in New Guinea found signs that the sharp-taloned bird was being domesticated.
Revered as a national symbol, reviled as an actual bird.
Entrepreneurs in Washington and Oregon build an industry of fur and bone, reaching labs and classrooms around the world.
The famed conductor traveled at night, employing deep knowledge of the region’s environment and wildlife to communicate, navigate, and survive.
Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan is transforming an $11 billion industry. And it’ll transform the way you think about games.
Scientists have been trying to solve the puzzle of the phenomenon for decades.
The flock hasn’t stopped growing since.
In 1961, the sooty shearwater invaded California. It took 50 years for scientists to figure out why.
“Why would anyone traffic drugs or weapons? They’re idiots. With wildlife, the profits are much higher, and there’s no risk.”
Conversation about bird names has taken on a particular sense of urgency.
Their complex songs have striking similarities to Beethoven, Tuvan throat singing, a Disney musical and Kendrick Lamar.
This extraordinary photo would make the world’s most maddening jigsaw puzzle.
You don’t need binoculars—or even a backyard—to get to know your neighborhood birds.