Fake Halloween Cobwebs Pose Real Threat to Birds

This Western screech owl didn't think it was so funny when it got tangled in fake cobwebs. Photo by Dave Stapp, Marin Humane Society.

It’s no trick to treat birds to a safe Halloween.

California To Begin Lead Ammunition Phase-Out

A California Condor at the San Diego Zoo. Photo by Stacy / CC

The gradual reduction of lead ammunition use on California land starts this Wednesday and marks the first step toward elimination of these bullets by 2019.

Study Finds 11 Panther Chameleon Species

Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis). Photo by Marc Staub / CC

A study published in the journal Molecular Ecology revealed the existence of 11 previously unknown Panther chameleon species.

Birds on the Neighborhood Watch

Dealing with threats takes a lot of avian energy. New research suggests birds send out warning calls about predators that are picked up by other species.  Photo by Bear Golden Retriever/CC.

New research shows that birds can set off a chain reaction of early-warning calls about predators that protect other birds and even mammals.

California Officials Cut Habitat Restoration Plans

Aerial view of the Sacramento River Delta. Photo courtesy WorldIslandInfo.org / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">CC</a>

Habitat restoration reduction could spell trouble for endangered salmon and delta smelt.