Søren Solkær photographs starlings for the new book Black Sun.

Søren Solkær photographs starlings for the new book Black Sun.

Søren Solkær was fascinated by starlings and went all over Europe to photograph a great murmur of birds. This work resulted in thousands of pictures of the phenomena and his...
By mixing genes, a songbird takes a shortcut to speciation

By mixing genes, a songbird takes a shortcut to speciation

The Iberá Seedeater (right) evolved in just a few thousand years through changes in the male's plumage and song, and in part by shuffling genes found in several nearby species, including...
The protection of nature has greater economic benefits than its exploitation

The protection of nature has greater economic benefits than its exploitation

One of the main arguments some people use against nature conservation is that it stands in the way of economic growth. Natural habitats are often viewed as useless and "unproductive" (in...
The Antipodean Albatross travels thousands of miles in search of food © Stephanie Borrelle

New tracking data shows danger zones for antipodal albatrosses

With its enormous wingspan The antipodal albatross Diomedea antipodensis and its impressive long-range flight ability seem almost indestructible. But if we don't act soon, this majestic ocean walker...
2020 was celebrated as a “good” year for butterflies

2020 was celebrated as a “good” year for butterflies

2020 has been hailed as a "good" year for butterflies - but conservationists warn that our view of the "good" may change. While the past year may have been particularly difficult for...
Oroklini lake, Cyprus

The rewards of nature restoration

In Europe, nature is in serious and persistent decline. 81% of the habitats in the European Union are in poor or poor condition. For too long, a...
birding binoculars

Getting started in choosing bird watching binoculars

It is not uncommon for optics buyers to be both confused and discouraged by a list of binocular specifications. You may be thinking, "Don't you just pick it up and...
Effects of Climate Change on the Grizzled Skipper

Effects of Climate Change on the Grizzled Skipper

Climate change poses great uncertainty about the future for many species, including butterflies. Aside from more extreme and frequent weather events, the prospect of climate warming could present opportunities for some species...
Diclofenac claims the first official victim in Europe: the griffon vulture

Diclofenac claims the first official victim in Europe: the griffon vulture

A cinerous vulture Aegypius monachus, born in 2020 in the Boumort National Hunting Reserve, has been confirmed as the first victim of a species of vulture that died in...
10 illustrations from a new book inspired by the Wingspan board game

10 illustrations from a new book inspired by the Wingspan board game

In less than two years, the award-winning Wingspan board game has sold more than half a million copies worldwide in a dozen languages. A new book inspired by the game...