Identifying and understanding the migratory connectivity of birds throughout an entire annual cycle (not just the times of year they are in your back yard), are critical to understanding their biology and ecology.
Pappochelys could grow up to 8 inches in length, had a long tail and used its tiny, peg-like teeth to feed on small insects and worms in what is now southern Germany.
With Flak-Bait front fuselage, conservation team members from left, Jeremy Kinney, Lauren Horelick, Pat Robinson and Chris Moore.
Seven red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! The cubs were born to mothers Nutmeg, Regan and Leo Mei.
The Smithsonian Pollinator Garden on the grounds of the National Museum of Natural History. (Smithsonain Gardens photo) Pollinators like butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, and moths help to pollinate almost 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants, one benefit of which is providing food for humans.
Algae blooms are often referred to as red tides because of their red color in the water. Red tides, like this one in La Jolla, Calif., can form as a result of nutrient pollution.
Carnivorous plants are a fascinating example of nature at its best. Living in habitats with nutrient-poor soil, carnivorous plants evolved to attract some insects as food, while at the same time attracting different insects to pollinate them.
A camera trap captured this Eld’s deer, an endangered species, drinking from a modified waterhole in Cambodia.
Loggerhead shrikes faces are striking, streaked in black across the eyes. (Photo by Lisa Ware) Residents of the southeastern United States might occasionally come across an oddity along a barbed-wire fence: a series of insects, mice or even small birds and lizards impaled on the barbs.
Orchids account for 10 percent of the world’s plant species, making them the largest plant family. They act as indicators of the health of ecosystems and other species around them.
For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center have accurately tracked small migratory ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) to their tropical wintering grounds, significantly improving the understanding of migratory connectivity.
A global analysis raises the minimum estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000–53,000 worldwide in a paper appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whose coauthors include researchers from the Center for Tropical Forest Science–Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS–ForestGEO) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
Black-throated blue warbler (“Setophaga caerulescens”) feeding on granulated unrefined sugar left out on a table in Kingstown, Jamaica.
Male katydids, such as this Steirodon careovirgulatum, attract females with mating calls, which unfortunately also cue predator bats to their whereabouts.
Geologic mapping is an integral part of exploration and understanding a planetary landscape, because it shows the relationships between geologic units and helps delineate the history of a surface.
Batteries power virtually every aspect of modern life. So small, so portable, and so easy to forget—but how many times have you simply started your car, or cursed your dying phone because you forgot your charging cable?
The Inka Empire is one of the greatest civilizations in the Western Hemisphere, spanning from the 13th century until the Spanish invasion in 1532.
This four-year-old male right whale entangled in heavy fishing rope was spotted in February 2014, 40 miles east of Jacksonville, FL.
The world’s coasts are home to more than 70 percent of the human population and experience intense development as a result.
A curlew wades on the shore near Corpus Christi, Texas. ( All photos courtesy of Colin Newstead) Ever heard the joke about flying in from Mexico, and boy, are my arms tired?