Archive for February, 2016

Crows are known to gather together around other dead crows but the behavior was a mystery, until now. (Photo: John C Evans/Shutterstock)

Why crows hold funerals for their dead

There’s an unusual but known behavior among crows, that they gather around the bodies of their dead. A crow dead on the street or in a field will be surrounded by a few to a dozen or more crows, all seeming to contemplate their fallen comrade. The notion of crow funerals has been documented but […]

Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

THERE’S a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and […]

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