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Deserted beaches are a boon to sea turtles during nesting season

Images of empty beaches around the globe may seem strange to us, but to nesting sea turtles, the view has never looked better. Conservation officials tasked with managing nesting sites are reporting an increase in the number of female turtles…

American robins migrating 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago

American robins can be found year-round almost anywhere in North America, from Canada’s lower provinces and southward, but many of the birds in northern areas head south for the winter. Recently, researchers have found that these robins have been migrating…

6 ways to improve your bond with your dog

As the saying goes, dogs are our best friends. But maybe it doesn’t feel quite so buddy-buddy between you and your dog these days. Perhaps you’re constantly frustrated because your dog ignores your commands or is always getting in your…

Anyone else raising baby chicks in their home?

I have baby chickens in my living room and maybe you do, too. To be clear, this isn’t my first time raising a flock for our little farm in central New York, but the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S….

Now we know the reason for the narwhal's tusk

Known as “the unicorns of the sea,” narwhals are unique for the solitary tusk that protrudes through the tops of their heads. The horn is actually a canine front tooth that can reach as long as nine feet. But until…

With humans in lockdown, animals flourish

Animals may not know exactly why humans have decided to make themselves scarce. Lockdowns that have kept millions of people in their homes β€” and social distancing measures meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus β€” have brought…

Coronavirus pandemic creates an opportunity for penguins at zoos and aquariums

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is wreaking havoc around the world, forcing millions of people to shelter at home (including many with young children, like the 2-year-old roaring outside the door as I write this). For a few penguins at…

Caterpillar 'plastivores' can eat and digest plastic bags

Each year, human beings produce about 400 million metric tons of plastic, a number that’s set to double in the next 20 years if oil and gas companies succeed in opening new plastics plants. That’s despite a burgeoning plastic pollution…

How long do chickens live?

The average chicken will live for anywhere from three to seven years. Why such a wide range? Mostly because there are so many different kinds of chickens living under a wide range of conditions. A well-cared-for hen that is kept…

How many polar bears are there?

The global polar bear population is currently about 26,000, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). That’s a rough estimate, but scientists have determined with 95% certainty that between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears exist on Earth…