A side-view of robust, all black bird at the top of a tree with a small brown nut held in its bill against a background of clear blue sky.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - November 14, 2016

People wonder, what do crows think?

If you're interested in animal intelligence, you're in good company. This week's installment highlights some of the amazing things researchers are learning about crows. You'll never hear "bird-brain" as an insult again.

A small bat with fuzzy white fungus on its muzzle clings to a rock surface.

Environmental Almanac - November 07, 2016

No good news when it comes to white-nose syndrome and bats

Before white-nose syndrome arrived, which was only a decade ago, I enjoyed explaining why bats are so amazing in hopes that listeners would come to love, or at least appreciate them. Today, I can only present the grim news of white-nose syndrome’s progress.


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