You First

Lots of small sparrows running on the ground.

Come on in, the water’s fine! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brrrr, a freezing lake! But your buddy dives right in! Building up your courage — you too take the plunge! This is called social learning, and humans do it all the time. But

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Blink of an Eye

Common adult grackle (dark bird with gren/blue head)

I’ll be there in the blink of an eye….literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re a bird, flying through the air….The wind glides off your feathers as you swerve and swoop high above. But one blink…and CRASH landing! Yet blinking keeps eyes moisturized

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Flier Friendly

Wind farm on a green mountain terrain

Frequent fliers? More like frequent colliders! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Here you are, a bird in flight, minding your own business. Suddenly – SQUAWK! OH NO! A WIND FARM! Fly back!!! Wind energy might help save the planet, but it’s deadly to birds.

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Fitter Twitters

Two Sparrows at sunrise

The early bird… hits the high note? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s too early in the morning, but the birds are up and singing already! But why SO early?! Well, are you at YOUR peak idol performance first thing in the morning? Jason

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Owl Clean

Two nine-weeks old owls in a field of grass

You scratch my back, I’ll…give you a MOUSE!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We pay a hairdresser to cut our hair, and we aren’t alone! LOTS of animals trade valuables for grooming. What about owls? Younger owls will clean their older siblings’ hard to

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Hit Parade

Birdsongs are SO mainstream! This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Songbirds pass down tunes that can long outlast any one bird’s lifetime. In fact, people have recorded melodies that are exactly the same, but tweeted decades apart! But how do bird TWEETS go VIRAL? Stephen

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Cool Doo-Doo

    I’ve heard that bird poop brings good luck. Now I actually believe it! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Here with a silver lining to the white mess on your freshly washed car! Every summer, millions of seabirds pass through the Arctic. Leaving

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Friendly Birdie

You’ve got a friend in… a parrot? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all need a helping hand every now and then! Can birds lend a helping…beak? Désirée Brucks from the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology says, yes! She tested two types of parrots.

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Toxic Nest

Paper, plastic, and… cigarette butts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Urban birds scrounge up people’s trash to build their nests. No butts about it! Just like cigarettes aren’t good for you or me, they aren’t good for baby birds! But mama birds prefer them

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Flee Bird

Busy airports… are for the birds! Unfortunately. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Birds can really be a nuisance. Especially around airports. These unwanted aviators cost domestic airlines billions of dollars in damages and delays. They’ve tried blasting recordings of hawks. They’ve tried air cannons.

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