By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s Halloween, when this Washington State University Libraries patron’s mind turns to things that go bump – or, in this case, flap – in the night from a literary and not-so-literary point of view. This year, the subject is birds, the stuff of nightmares for many since […]
PULLMAN, Wash. – No matter how much you flap your arms or I flap my paws, gravity keeps us pulled to Earth. But when birds use their strong muscles to start flapping their wings, something amazing happens.
PULLMAN, Wash. – The dodo bird isn’t with us anymore, but if you visit a city park you’ll likely see one of its very close relatives walking around. It might even be nibbling on a french fry. Dodos were a pigeon, said my friend Michael Webster.
By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – During the winter I like to feed the birds. I have a very simple arrangement for this: pouring a mix of seeds on a flat railing outside my dining room window. I regularly attract several species of small birds to […]
The next time you find a blue eggshell lying empty beneath a tree, consider the work of Donna Holmes, whose research shows that birds are exceptionally long-lived for their size. Under good conditions, female birds may experience up to a third of their life in post-reproductive years. In other words, says Holmes, birds, like humans, […]