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Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?
Gulls. House sparrows. Starlings. Rock pigeons. Canada geese. These species are often derided as trash birds. But why do birders dismiss them so easily?
10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science
Cool Green Science staff writers and contributors won 10 awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
Moose in the Morning: 20 Years of Silver Creek
Twenty years of conservation writing, and a creek runs through it.
The End of Trash Fish
It’s time to put the idea of “trash fish” where it belongs—in the trash.
50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs
When the water is not too hot, not too cold, expect fishy weirdness. Exhibit A: Matt Miller catches giraffe cichlids, native to Africa, in the desert. In Utah.
How the Fallow Deer Took Over the World
The fallow deer is rare in its native habitat. But it has spread across the world. Here’s how.
There’s a Wolverine in My Neighborhood (App)
The peril (and promise?) of wildlife misinformation on social media.
There’s a Cicada in My Ear
File this Under: Adventures in Cicadas and the Anatomy of a Human Ear, or Hearing Loss is a Small Price to Pay for Taxonomic Certainty
50 Fish, 50 States: Whitefish & the End of the World as We Know It
You can’t freeze time, even when ice fishing
50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding
Birding may be the perfect nature activity. And you can start by looking out your window.
There’s a Koala in the Backyard
A koala is the peak of Australian backyard wildlife. But this wildlife sighting is bittersweet.
How to See a Red Fox in Winter
Now is the perfect time to see (or smell) a fox. Here’s how.