Assessing seabird communities
A new study of sub-Antarctic seabirds shows that their community structure (how they co-exist and share resources) is unaffected by annual changes in availability of different types of prey, including Antarctic krill (a small ...
Accurate timing of migration prolongs life expectancy in pike
Animal migration is a spectacular phenomenon that has fascinated humans for long. It is widely assumed that appropriate timing of migratory events is crucial for survival, but the causes and consequences of individual variation ...
Underground ants can't take the heat: Climage change models may not look closely enough at microhabitats
Army ants, the nomadic swarming predators underfoot in the jungle, can take down a colony of prey animals without breaking a sweat. But certain army ant species can't take the heat.
Age doesn't dull damselfly sex
Aging damselflies never lose their libidos and are just as likely as younger competitors to mate.
Coral reef flattening leads to drastic decline in species
Species risk being lost if the ongoing degradation of coral reefs in the Caribbean goes beyond a certain critical point, scientists say.
Godwits are flexible... when they get the chance
Black-tailed godwits are able to cope with unpredictable weather. This was revealed by a thorough analysis of the extraordinary spring of 2013 by ecologist Nathan Senner of the University of Groningen and an international ...
Bird tracking aids seabird research
A two year study of shags on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve in Scotland reveals that when winds are strong, female birds take much longer to find food compared with males.
Worsening wind forecasts signal stormy times ahead for seabirds
Stronger winds forecast as a result of climate change could impact on populations of wild animals, by affecting how well they can feed, a study of seabirds suggests.
Nomadic swift parrot find the best food sources
Scientists have discovered the nomadic swift parrot has an uncanny ability to find the best food supplies across the whole of Tasmania each year.
Having a strong personality may be the difference between thriving and failing, according to new research
When the chips are down, having a strong personality may be the difference between thriving and failing, according to new research which studied how aphids reacted when faced with predatory ladybirds.