Chelsea Harvey

Chelsea Harvey

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Published: 03/31/2014

For some animals, every day is April Fool's Day—because who needs an international holiday to pull one over on a fellow bird?

Published: 06/11/2014

This clever chart has the low-down on what to do when you find a chick that flew the coop too early. 

Published: 06/13/2014

Until now, birdwatchers relied on cumbersome field guides to identify the species they observed in their backyards. But as nature-lovers embrace the digital age, birding manuals are getting a makeover complete with cutting-edge facial recognition software.

Published: 06/13/2014

New study sheds light on botanical puzzle.

Published: 06/16/2014

There's an old saying: "You are what you eat." For caterpillars, taking on the characteristics of their food can be an issue of life or death.

A new study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that caterpillars who nosh on just one or two plant species--dietary specialists--are better able to hide from hungry birds than caterpillars who eat a variety of plants--dietary generalists.

Published: 06/18/2014

By mid-April, the Bohemian waxwings have usually left Penticton, British Columbia. But one recent year, Laure Neish was pleasantly surprised when they stuck around her hometown longer than usual.

She was even more surprised by the timing of the photo, which she managed to snap just before the falling mountain ash berry dropped out of the frame. Luckily, the tasty morsel didn't go to waste. "It was only lost to the waxwing, because on the ground a gathering of robins and starlings were picking up any berries that were dropped," Neish says.

Published: 06/19/2014

This photo was a labor of love for Tara Tanaka, who shot it in her backyard cypress swamp in Tallahassee, Florida. "The lighting on this branch was beautiful between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. each evening," she says. "I spent every night for a week during that time waiting for the perfect shot of a great egret displaying in the beam of late afternoon light and framed by the large cypress trees.".

Published: 06/23/2014

To Will Sooter, this falcon isn't just a photography subject; he's an old friend.

 

Published: 06/25/2014

You can either have colorful feathers or a complex song, but not both. Or so scientists have long believed when it comes to birds. Now, new research shows that some birds can, in fact, have it all.

The long-held "trade-off" theory goes that bright feathers and complicated songs, both strategies males use to impress the ladies, take a lot of energy to develop—and anyway, female birds tend to prefer just one showy trait in a partner. As long as the gals don't care, it's most cost-effective for guys to excel at just one trait.