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Opinion: There's a reason why Africa's migratory songbirds sing out of season

Bird song has fascinated scientists for decades. Songs can be intricate, loud and, as it turns out, very important for reproductive success. In many species the males with the most complex songs secure the highest quality breeding territories and mates, and end up producing the most young.

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Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to ...

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Endangered Monarch Butterflies Face Their Greatest Threat High in the Hills of Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The monarch butterfly is now facing a potentially lethal threat to its over-wintering habitat in Mexico’s oyamel fir forests.

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Dearth of milkweed not the monarch butterfly's main threat

Lack of milkweed is only a problem for caterpillars during the summer. Monarch butterflies face the most pressing risks in autumn.

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Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved

Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature's most famous journeys - the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico.

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Tiny birds tracked on mammoth Sahara flight

To cross the Sahara every autumn and spring, a little songbird snaps out of its nocturnal travel habits and flies for 40-60 hours, a study has found.

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Storks Eat More Junk, Migrate Less as Planet Warms

Storks in southern Europe have become junk food junkies.

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Common UK migrating birds are arriving earlier or leaving later

SOME common migrating birds – including the blackcap, (pictured above) – are staying in the UK for two weeks or more longer than half a century ago.

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Migratory birds disperse seeds long distances

Some species of plants are capable of colonizing new habitats thanks to birds that transport their seeds in their plumage or digestive tract.

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Storks give up on winter migration in favor of junk food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

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This action plan can benefit birds, farmers, women and birders

What links Africa’s small scale farmers, gender equality and European birders? Migratory birds that form a tangible link between Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

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Destination or bust: Hummingbirds can travel vast distances without taking a break

Hummingbirds weigh only about 0.1 oz (3-4 grams), but they can travel up to 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) non-stop. We just don't know yet whether they actually do so during their winter migration.

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Birds bid early adieu to Kashmir as temperature rises

Hundreds of migratory birds are bidding an early adieu to Kashmir this year because of unusually hot temperatures and scant rain and snowfall.

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Dragonfly is world's longest-distance flyer

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., March 2 (UPI) -- New research suggests a dragonfly known as the globe skimmer -- named for its wide distribution -- is the world's longest-distance flyer.

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Longer-distance migratory birds may be smarter

Birds that migrate the greatest distances have more new neurons in the regions of the brain responsible for navigation and spatial orientation, suggests a new paper published in Scientific Reports.

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Reclamation of Yellow Sea causing serious declines in migratory shorebirds

In-depth studies have indicated that rapid declines in three species of shorebird that migrate between Siberia and Australia is due to land reclamation along China's Yellow Sea coastline.

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Diverse migration helps birds cope with environmental change

Migratory birds that are ‘set in their ways’ could be more vulnerable to environmental impacts – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Warm winter in west UP keeps migratory birds away

Agra: Warm winters are keeping birds away from the Soor Sarovar Wild Life Sanctuary in Agra. Despite being the peak birding season, very few migratory birds have arrived in the western part of the state yet.

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Indian Government signs raptor conservation agreement

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

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Wetland Loss, Development Put Kashmir Bird Migration at Risk

The cackle and cry of Kashmir's annual bird migration has long been a welcome ruckus for those living in the Indian-controlled Himalayan territory. It signals the summer's end, the coming snows and the global importance of Kashmir's environment for species arriving from as far as northern Europe ...

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Habitat loss seen as rising threat to world's migratory birds

Habitat destruction along routes taken by the world's migratory birds poses an increasing peril to these long-distance fliers, with a vast majority crossing terrain that nations are inadequately protecting, according to scientists.

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Closing In on Where Eels Go to Connect

Eels hold tight to their biological secrets, so much so that Aristotle mused that they must be sexless creatures spontaneously emerging from the “earth’s guts.” Now, at least one eel enigma is finally a step closer to being solved.

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Report: Plight of migratory birds requires global solution

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- According to a new study published in the journal Science, more than 90 percent of migratory bird species are without adequate protections.

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Countries Commit to Tackling Multiple Threats to Migratory Waterbirds

New Action Plans for Seabirds, Eurasian Curlew, Grey Crowned Crane, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Bald Ibis, Shoebill and Taiga Bean Goose Adopted

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Monarch butterfly population likely to quadruple, says Mexico

Monarch butterfly populations are expected to nearly quadruple thanks to efforts made by North American countries, said Mexican authorities. The population had witnessed a 90 percent plunge since peaking in the 1990s.

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Baby whales learn vital traditions from mothers

Cultural traditions among Southern right whale populations are shaping their genetic patterns, according to a study led by the University of St Andrews.

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Female monarch butterflies are superior fliers, migrators

ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Female monarch butterflies are more gifted fliers and successful migrators than their male peers. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, females are empowered by their wings.

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The Black-faced Spoonbill: Asia’s beloved wading bird fights for space

This charismatic wading bird saw its numbers soar from just 288 individuals in the 1980’s, to over 3,000 in 2015, but coastal developers will need to find a way to share intertidal areas with these birds if they are to survive.

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Dolly Varden trout store up fat for an early retirement

SEATTLE, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Trout retire too. But unlike humans, who tend to work their lives in cities to retire to the country or the coast, Alaskan sea trout save up fat to trade their ocean adventures for the full-time tranquility of freshwater.

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Ocean heat maps reveal secrets of migratory fish like tuna

MIAMI, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- By comparing the movements of tagged fish with ocean heat content maps, researchers at the University of Miami were able to uncover unique patterns in migratory fish behavior.

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In Photos: The Spectacular Migration of Monarch Butterflies

The migration of animal species is a common natural event that happens each autumn across the North American continent. Many species of birds and even mammals, such as the great whales, travel thousands of miles to over-winter in warmer climates. Check out these photos of one of the most spectac ...

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Monarch Butterflies Begin Entering Mexico on Migration

Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.

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Garden birds: Feeding brings blackcaps to the UK

Putting out birdfeed in Britain's gardens is shifting the migration of one particular winter visitor, the blackcap, scientists say.

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Bird flies 16,000-kilometre Pacific circuit for no clear reason

Who actually enjoys long-haul flights? One seabird seems to – the ancient murrelet. It travels almost 8000 kilometres across the north Pacific, then does the whole slog again in reverse, for no obvious benefit.

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Monarch butterfly studies tell a perplexing tale

Each summer, female monarch butter-flies flutter around their breeding grounds in northern North America in search of nectar, a mate, and a milkweed plant on which to lay eggs.

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Ottawa must stop threats to Wood Buffalo National Park

Our national parks do not exist in isolation. Air circulates, water flows, animals migrate and man-made pollution is indifferent to the boundaries it crosses, and the climate it alters, with effortless ease.

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Tiger sharks go south in winter, like birds and retirees

It turns out that tiger sharks are more like birds than fish when it comes to their migration patterns.

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Longest ever tiger shark tracking reveals remarkable, bird-like migrations

Tiger sharks are among the largest and most recognizable sharks on the planet, yet many of their habits remain mysterious because they are long-distance travelers that are hard to track.

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Canada, U.S. and Mexico sign deal to protect migratory bats

Canada has signed an agreement with the United States and Mexico to protect migratory bats.

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Gray whale makes record migration across North Pacific

A whale's journey across the Pacific Ocean is the longest recorded migration of any mammal, say scientists.

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Hunters win Malta bird referendum on shooting ban

Malta has narrowly rejected proposals to ban controversial spring hunting, during which migrating birds are shot before they can breed.

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Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic, scientists confirm

A diminutive songbird weighing the equivalent of just three teaspoons of sugar can fly over the north Atlantic, scientists have said, resolving a 50-year mystery.

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Full-annual-cycle models track migratory bird populations throughout the year

Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture.

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Asian songbird migrants in trouble

MIGRATORY songbirds in East Asia are in trouble, according to new research. The study calls for national action and international cooperation to deal with threats, as well as more monitoring and research to help understand and protect this unique migration system.

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Don’t Fence the Jaguar Out

BOZEMAN, Mont. — IT was near the United States-Mexico border that we attracted the attention of the Mexican military. My scientific colleagues and I — American and Mexican — were there to conduct research on large carnivores when we were stopped by several officers with rifles slung over their s ...

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Dhobab: Yemen’s bird sanctuary

The coastlines and islands of Bab Al-Mandeb (“Gateway of Anguish”)—a strait separating southwest Yemen from Djibouti and Eritrea, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden—provides refuge for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year.

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'Wild birds may spread flu virus'

Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

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Monarch butterfly population rises a little, but still perilously low

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.

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Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflies

The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?

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Bar-headed geese enjoy roller-coaster ride over Himalayas

Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.

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