A return to the city of kites and crows

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“When the kite builds, look to your lesser linen” Shakespeare wrote (A Winter’s Tale; Act 4, scene 3) in reference to the red kite’s habit of stealing washing that had been hung out to dry, perhaps something he experienced himself as kites were very common in London at the time. With the bird going extinct… Continue Reading ➤

The extensive use of PCBs has left Killer Whales with an uncertain future. Is this a problem humanity can fix?

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In 2017, a killer whale (oscines orca) named Lulu became tangled in fishing lines and washed up dead on the shores of Scotland’s Isle of Tiree. Her death reiterated the threat of fishing activity to marine life but also revealed a far more permanent issue that has no clear solution. Lulu’s body was found to… Continue Reading ➤

The threat to the Atlantic puffin: With its global population dwindling, the lovable seabird faces an uncertain future

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The Atlantic puffin, fratercula artica, is widespread, with breeding populations along Canada’s Atlantic coast, Maine, coastal Northern Europe and Iceland. However, many colonies have suffered a worrying decline in recent years. The statistics do not paint a pretty picture. Erpur Snær Hansen, director of ecological research at the South Iceland Nature Centre fears that colonies… Continue Reading ➤