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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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How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them

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.

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US Bird Count Shows Climate Change Affecting Migration Patterns

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.

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Hope for monarch butterfly after Mexican logging halted

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.

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Panama sets new raptor migration record

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.

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UN offers wider protections to 31 species of anim

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.

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By killing off older fish, overfishing may lead to lost migratory patterns

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.

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Nagaland to protect world’s longest-distance migratory falcons

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.

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Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

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.

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Britain's migrating birds are drastically declining, RSPB says

Nightingale and turtle dove among populations that have seen dramatic long-term fall in number, annual RSPB report says

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Urine of tiny migrating marine animals affects ocean chemistry

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.

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Migrating monarchs are ‘buffer’ than the rest

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.

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Migrating monarch butterflies spotted on weather radar

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.

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Duck migration study reveals importance of conserving wetlands, researchers find

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

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Habitat loss on breeding grounds cause of monarch decline, study finds

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

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Burchell's zebras trek 300 miles, longest migration in Africa

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.

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The invisible killer threatening millions of migrating birds

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.

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North American land birds migrate along three flyways

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.

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Turtle migration driven by hatchling drift experience

Why do turtles migrate to the places they do? What is it that tells them where to swim as adults?

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Small birds capitalize on weather patterns during epic migrations

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.

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Important migratory corridor for endangered marine species off north-west Australia

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.

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Malta criticised for mass shooting of migratory birds

A leading British naturalist has accused the Maltese authorities of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.

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Snowy owl sightings not a concern, experts say

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.

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Animals losing migratory routes? Devasting consequences of scarcity of 'knowledgeable elders'

Small changes in a population may lead to dramatic consequences, like the disappearance of the migratory route of a species.

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