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No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching

British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base.

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Why did the toad cross the road?

Warmer spring-like temperatures have kicked off this year's toad migration. But as toads are crossing roads, many end up dead before they can reach their spawning grounds. A group in Bonn is helping them survive.

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Fly-over states matter when understanding -- and saving -- migratory birds

Around the world, thousands of migratory animals travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year.

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Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migration

The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methods

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Across borders - UN experts help migratory species cope with climate change

Animals and bird species that migrate around the world struggle to adapt to climate change. The Bonn-based UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) aims to help them.

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China builds first 'bird airport' to attract feathered friends

An airport for migratory birds is being created close to one of China's most populous cities. It's not as weird as it sounds.

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Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

New information on the migration patterns of the Great Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran, will help to protect this endangered species, scientists suggest.

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Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico drops after one-year recovery

Experts say decline to coverage of only 7.19 acres of forest could be due to late winter storms last year that knocked down more than 100 acres of trees

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Extraordinary migration of giant Amazon catfish revealed

The dorado catfish travels 11,600km from the Andes to the mouth of the Amazon and back, but is threatened by dams and mining

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Mako shark makes 13,000-mile trek across Atlantic Ocean

Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A mako shark has set a new record, having traveled the equivalent of halfway around Earth. According to the tracking data, the tagged male shark named Hell's Bay has logged 13,000 miles in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Insects also migrate, study shows

Insects engage in the largest continental migration on Earth, new research indicates. Some 3.5 trillion insects in Southern Britain alone migrate each year – a biomass eight times that of bird migration.

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Climate change has mixed effects on migratory geese

Climate change improves the breeding chances of migratory geese in the Arctic – but puts mother geese at more risk of death, according to a new study.

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Researchers identify monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species.

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Radar reveals bird pile up on shores of the Great Lakes

CLEVELAND, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Birds have a strong preference for nighttime migration, so much so that migratory birds caught over water at daybreak turn around for shore. Researchers discovered the phenomenon using radar normally reserved for tracking weather systems.

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Researchers worried about the fate of Monarch butterflies

Researchers at the Insectarium are worried about the fate of the Monarch butterfly.

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The link between birds and coffee

Sometime in 2004, I received a copy of Living On The Wind: Across The Hemisphere With Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul. The American naturalist writes in the book that one of the ways to save migratory songbirds, tropical plants and animals is to “have a cup of coffee”. He says the “tradition ...

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Body Size And Flight Style Determine How Far Birds Migrate Read

Larger flapping birds, such as cranes, geese, and swans migrate shorter distances than soaring birds such as raptors, vultures, and albatrosses.

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Tracking great reed-warblers' incredible African migration

Populations of many birds that migrate between Eurasia and Africa are in decline, and species that depend on wetlands are especially in trouble.

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How does the loss of a wildebeest migration also harm giraffes?

Animal migrations are among the world's most awe-inspiring natural phenomena.

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Wildlife migration routes for multiple species can link conservation reserves at lower cost

Scientists have demonstrated a new technique for designing effective wildlife migration corridors while reducing the costs of conservation.

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Bird tracking could provide flu early warning system

Monitoring birds on their long distance migrations may provide early warning of bird flu outbreaks, say scientists.

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Eel migration study tells 'romantic' tale

Scientists are a step closer to solving the mystery of one of the great animal migrations.

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Guinea begins a new era for conservation of migratory waterbirds

Guinea has now acquired tools and capacity to carry out conservation actions of migratory waterbirds. These tools include the availability of the National AEWA Work Plan, the Lesser Flamingo Species Action Plan, and the Black crowned-crane Species Action Plan.

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Bird migration used to show importance of conservation

From places as far as Alaska in the US, they fly more than 10,000 kilometers to the southwest to reach Lake Limboto in Gorontalo, northern Sulawesi.

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Fewer migratory birds come calling this year in Kerala

KOTTAYAM: The latest bird count by the Kottayam Nature Society (KNS) and the Natural History Society, Alappuzha, shows a significant reduction in the population of migratory birds in the coastal Alappuzha and Kollam districts.

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Migratory animals under threat in the 'Serengeti of the north'

Strange and wonderful beasts from the saiga antelope to the snow leopard have long roamed the Central Asian wilderness. But human development and climate change are disrupting age-old migratory patterns.

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Migratory animals under threat in the 'Serengeti of the north'

Strange and wonderful beasts from the saiga antelope to the snow leopard have long roamed the Central Asian wilderness. But human development and climate change are disrupting age-old migratory patterns.

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Extreme weather killed millions of monarch butterflies

Extreme weather in Mexico this year has killed an estimated 7 percent of the monarch butterfly population. The long-term survival of the butterfly may be threatened.

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Scientists map migration paths of Arctic breeding birds

Conservation of intertidal habitat -- 65 percent of which has been lost over the last 50 years -- is critical to the survival of countless birds during migration on the East Asian Australasian Flyway.

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Migrating group of large 'football-size' goldfish found in Australia

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers at a university in Australia discovered a school of massive goldfish migrating between Western Australia waterways.

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Migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses, evidence suggests

The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not persist in wild birds.

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Warming Arctic could disrupt migration patterns of millions of birds

SYDNEY, July 20 (UPI) -- Millions of birds pass through the Arctic on their annual migration routes. They arrive north to breed, expecting cool summer weather.

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Group-navigating species may be vulnerable to collapse

Migrating birds flock together and salmon swim upstream in schools because there's a navigational advantage: By traveling in groups, individuals are more likely to get to their destinations – or so a growing body of research suggests.

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New UN task force to fight migratory bird hunting

More than 20 million migratory birds are illegally killed and traded in the Mediterranean basin each year.

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Why the Euro 2016 final was overrun by moths

A swarm of Silver Y moths at the Stade de France turned into a swarm of memes after one moth tended to the injured Ronaldo. Watch out, they could be heading for Premier League stadiums next

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Frigate birds: In the air for months at a time

Frigate birds were already known for their ability to fly continuously for weeks without landing. A telemetric study of their trajectory and flight strategy has just revealed that they can remain airborne for over two months during their transoceanic migrations.

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Sudan: Experts Discuss Mortality of Migratory Birds, Suggest Solutions

Khartoum — Zoologists are ringing the alarm bells over the growing mortality among migratory birds.

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Amazonian catfish’s 5,000-mile migration endangered by dams

A singular Amazonian catfish is capable of an amazing feat: hidden from human eyes, the species travels vast distances over its lifetime, making a round trip covering more than 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles), to return to its natal breeding grounds, a new study confirms.

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Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

Photos from inside North Korea reveal how the ecology of the secretive Asian country is preventing the extinction of several once plentiful species of migratory birds.

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Record-breaking Arctic tern migration secrets revealed

A ground-breaking study of birds that breed on the Farne Islands in the UK reveals Arctic terns travel 96,000 km – the longest recorded migration in the natural world

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Parasites may explain some animal migrations

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 27 (UPI) -- The evolutionary impetus for animal migrations isn't always obvious.

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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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