The world's migrating monarch butterfly population has bounced back slightly from its record low last year, but the new numbers are still the second smallest on record.
The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?
Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.
People love the monarch butterfly, with its beautiful orange and black wings and its endlessly intriguing migratory journey. But some may be loving it to death.
MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA— Soon after daybreak just south of Washington in Virginia, a small group of bird watchers peers through binoculars, excited about seeing a variety of birds.
When millions of monarch butterflies take to the sky and fly thousands of kilometres from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, the view is breathtaking. But over the last few decades, their numbers have plummeted, and last year hit an all-time low.
PANAMA CITY, Panama, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- More than two million raptors soared through skies above Panama City, circling and gliding as they made their way across the Central American capital as they complete the last leg of their 600-plus-mile journey from North to South America.
QUITO, Ecuador, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The conservation body of the United Nations has offered wider, stronger protection to 31 species of animals, including a variety of vulnerable birds, sharks and whales.
Catching older fish may impact a school's ability to migrate from spawning grounds to feeding areas, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Kohima, Oct 27: India’s northeastern state of Nagaland is determined to provide sanctuary to Amar falcons, known to be one of the world’s longest-distance migratory birds as they travel up to a staggering 22,000 km a year.
Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.
Nightingale and turtle dove among populations that have seen dramatic long-term fall in number, annual RSPB report says
Tiny animals migrating from the ocean's surface to the sunlit depths release ammonia, the equivalent of our urine, that plays a significant role in marine chemistry, particularly in low-oxygen zones.
New research traces the evolutionary origins of monarchs to North America, instead of South America as was previously hypothesized, and identifies a gene related to the butterfly’s distinctive orange-and-black appearance.
After an extremely small migration last year, some scientists worried the 3,000-mile monarch migration (though not the species itself) might be coming to an end.
During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back
Habitat loss on breeding grounds in the United States -- not on wintering grounds in Mexico -- is the main cause of recent and projected population declines of migratory monarch butterflies in eastern North America, according to new research
CHOBE RIVER, Namibia, May 27 (UPI) --The Burchell's zebra, a southern subspecies of the plains zebra, travel a total of 300 miles every year from Namibia to Botswana and back.
Every year, hundreds of millions of birds are killed or injured when they fly into windows. Volunteers who document the collisions are now calling for architects and landlords to make their buildings more bird friendly to reduce the number of deaths.
Birds fly hundreds of kilometres every night when they migrate south for winter. Now it seems all North American land birds use one of just three routes when they seek out the sun.
Why do turtles migrate to the places they do? What is it that tells them where to swim as adults?
In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds -- many weighing less than an ounce -- migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year.
The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle.
A leading British naturalist has accused the Maltese authorities of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
MONTPELIER, Vt., April 13 (UPI) -- An increase in the number of snowy owl sightings in the United States shouldn't be a cause for concern, experts say.
Small changes in a population may lead to dramatic consequences, like the disappearance of the migratory route of a species.
A great white shark called Lydia is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
The magic of the monarch migration from Canada through the U.S. and on to Mexico (and then back north over multiple generations) continues to be in existential jeopardy.
Dubai: The UAE has signed a new agreement to protect migrating sharks as efforts continue against shark fin traffickers.
Conservation group says Australia is violating the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
The monarch butterfly population overwintering in Mexico this year has hit its lowest numbers ever, according to WWF-Mexico.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Kenya say thousands of wildebeest have returned months early from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, a move they say is rare.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes several to save wildlife. In the eastern Indian state of Nagaland, three villages have done just that: working together to save the Amur falcon from mass slaughter. Also on board: governments, green groups and even the church.
Nov. 8, 2013 — 6,370 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean. That is the vast distance, as the crow flies, which has been covered by an albacore tuna tagged and released into the sea off a Gipuzkoan locality, 20 km to the north of Donostia-San Sebastian in October 2006.
In October last year, an astounding mass hunting came to light—an estimated 120,000–140,000 Amur falcons were being hunted and killed in Nagaland, India, every year.
When one thinks of bird migrations, it's usually a north-south route that follows seasonal climates.
BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Not all Southern Hemisphere humpback whales migrate toward the equator at the end of the antarctic summer, scientists say; some choose to stay through winter.
BALTIMORE, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists studying endangered whooping cranes report these long-lived birds learn their migration routes from older cranes and get better at it with age.
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- NASA says satellites can help track zebras migrating in the African nation of Botswana, one of the world's longest migrations of the striped creatures.
Aug. 7, 2013 — Everyone knows all about the epic breeding journey taken each year by generations of monarch butterflies between Mexico and Canada, right? Not so fast, say researchers including University of Guelph biologists.
Untold numbers of migratory birds are being caught and killed every year in Afghanistan, helping drive species like the Siberian Crane to the verge of extinction.
Bonn, 4 July 2013 – Sweden has signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), which was concluded in 2008 under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
A migratory shorebird that has flown more than 400,000 miles has reappeared once again.
UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2013 (IPS) - Migratory birds, which play an important role in the complex web of life known as ecosystem services, are under threat as never before, with some species facing extinction within the next decade.
HONOLULU, April 19 (UPI) -- White sharks sometimes seen in waters around the Hawaiian Islands have come from as far as the Pacific coasts of California and Mexico, researchers said.
Apr. 17, 2013 — An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 miles, traveling to and from its breeding grounds in northern Mongolia and wintering g ...
Apr. 4, 2013 — Long-life batteries and satellite tagging have been used to fill in the blanks of female white sharks' (Carcharodon carcharias) lifestyles.
Migratory bird Common Crane or Grus Grus was spotted for the first time in Manas Tiger Reserve in western Assam.
In a few weeks, one of the most spectacular events in the natural world will begin. Having spent the winter in Mexico, millions of monarch butterflies will set off north to return to their breeding grounds in the US.
Feb. 20, 2013 — As the nations of the world prepare to vote on measures to restrict international trade in endangered sharks in early March, a team of researchers has found that one of these species -- the oceanic whitetip shark -- regularly crosses international boundaries.