Novel avian species: 10 new bird taxa in islands of Wallacea

A research team found five bird species and five subspecies new to science in three small island groups off Sulawesi, Indonesia. The islands are...

Moths’ flight data helps drones navigate complex environments

The flight navigation strategy of moths can be used to develop programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments, report researchers.

Fish switch: Identity of mystery invader in Florida waters corrected after 20 years

Sometimes scientists make mistakes. Case in point is the chanchita, a South American freshwater fish that has been swimming in Florida's waters for at...

Genes controlling mycorrhizal colonization discovered in soybean

Like most plants, soybeans pair up with soil fungi in a symbiotic mycorrhizal relationship. In exchange for a bit of sugar, the fungus acts...

Jaguars could prevent a not-so-great American biotic exchange

In eastern Panama, canid species from North and South America are occurring together for the first time. Urban and agricultural development and deforestation along...

Understanding why songbirds choose their homes

New research by biologists uses a new approach to modelling the populations of six species of songbirds in Canada's boreal forest -- and the...

Northern Ireland’s recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels

The recovery of pine marten in Ireland and Britain is reversing native red squirrel replacement by invasive grey squirrels, according to new research.

Bats may benefit from wildfire

Bats face many threats -- from habitat loss and climate change to emerging diseases, such as white-nose syndrome. But it appears that wildfire is...

Untangling the branches in the mammal tree of life

Researchers have unveiled a complete overhaul of the way species data is brought together and analyzed to construct an evolutionary tree of life for...

Protected habitats near US borders

The clustering of protected habitats in the Americas near international borders makes many iconic, wide-ranging animals physically dependent on good relations between neighboring countries...

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