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How Dutch bus stops are helping bees

In Utrecht, bus stops have become bee stops. (Photo: BrightVibes) One city in the Netherlands is expanding biodiversity in a buzz-worthy way. About 316 bus stops in Utrecht have been planted with sedums as a way of helping honey bees…

The red-cockaded woodpecker is making a comeback

Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers were once common across the Southeast U.S. The mostly black-and-white birds made their homes in pine forests, drilling holes in the trees to search for insects. But with increased logging, much of their habitat was lost. As…

A little-known fish takes a star turn by eating a shark in one gulp

[embedded content] You may not have heard of the peculiar denizens of the deep known as wreckfish. Despite their daunting dimensions — they can weigh up to 220 pounds and stretch six-and-a-half feet — they mostly swim under the radar….

Snowball the cockatoo taught himself 14 dance moves

Snowball the cockatoo has some serious dance moves. And after some extensive research, scientists have counted and cataloged them and found that the rhythmic bird has exactly 14 unique maneuvers. Snowball has been a YouTube star for more than a…

The Farallon Islands have a mouse problem. The solution is raising eyebrows.

The Farallon Islands, which lie about 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, are known for their sea stacks, or vertical columns of rocks. They’re also known as the residence of some of the world’s largest populations of seabirds,…

Tree frog from Georgia travels to Canada and back

The Cope’s gray tree frog is usually a bit of a homebody. The 1- to 2-inch-long amphibians are rarely seen on the ground, spending most of their time in trees, and they don’t typically travel more than a few miles…

How old bras are saving injured turtles

With the right expertise, it doesn’t take much to repair an injured turtle shell. Wildlife rehabbers glue the broken shells back together and then hold the pieces firmly in place with wire. At Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in North Carolina, they…

Why a beluga's squishy head is so special

Belugas are small white whales known as the “canaries of the sea” for the wide range of vocal sounds they make. They produce an impressive collection of clicks, chirrups, squeaks, whistles and bleats. As the BBC points out, belugas make…

Arctic fox astounds scientists by walking 2,100 miles in 76 days

A young Arctic fox has walked 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) in just 76 days, traveling by paw from Norway’s Svalbard islands to northern Canada in an epic journey that astonished the scientists who were tracking her. The fox’s adventures were…