Porcupines might not seem like the best study animal for a group of high school students. With roughly 30,000 quills on their back, the idea of handling them is enough to make even a seasoned researcher carefully weigh the logistics. But read how one wildlife ecologist gave hundreds of students an opportunity to conduct valuable research on the porcupines of the Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wisconsin, between 1996 and 2010.
Porcupines can live a long time — some up to 18 years. Yet it’s not always the carefree lifestyle one might assume given their prickly armor.
From birds, to bees, insect to mammals, plant pollination is serious work. Here are some of the other supporting species that make it happen.
Every parent wants to ensure their offspring are safe, but certain birds have taken this desire for safety to a whole new level. Read on to see how some birds have taken to literally living with predators as a way to protect their young.
With ocean plastics now present on a global scale, seabirds can ingest it almost anywhere and that's not where the issue stops.
When a radio-collared caribou went missing from a study population in Canada last December, researchers assumed it had died or been killed. Then when it showed up again just days after Christmas, new theories of just where the caribou had been started circulating.
If you think sharing your junk food with begging birds doesn't affect biodiversity this study may make you think again (and keep your fries to yourself.)
Just like cats and spiders, the representation of blood-sucking vampire bats is often seen in seasonal decor and festivities this time of year. But in actuality, bats are very much a part of everyday life in a variety of urban areas across North America, completely oblivious to their role in All Hallows Eve celebrations. Learn more about how these often misunderstood animals are adjusting to life in cities.