Migration

Often known as the redbird or common cardinal, the northern cardinal is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis.

Five Things to Know About the Recently Changed Migratory Bird Act

A new rule prevents industry from being prosecuted for killing birds under the 100-year-old conservation law

Millions of Migrating Red Crabs Are Coming to Google Street View

The crustaceans are making their brief annual appearance on Australia's Christmas Island

Why Panama's Urban Development Is a Threat to Animals

The Isthmus of Panama has witnessed some of the greatest movement of animal species in history. Today, rapid urbanization has accelerated deforestation

The Aitape skull

This Ancient Skull May Have Belonged to The World's Oldest Tsunami Victim

A new study says Papua New Guinea's Aitape skull is from someone who died in a massive ocean wave 6,000 years ago

Mount Hora, the site in Malawi where an 8,100-year-old skeleton was found, yielding the oldest-known DNA from Africa.

Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixed

New techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much more

A Scopali's shearwater skims the water's surface.

Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Water

A new study suggests shearwaters follow their nose home

South Sudanese refugees arrive at Suluba Transit Centre, where they will be registered, health checked and given medical treatment.

More People Are Forcibly Displaced Than Ever Before

New UN report paints a grim picture of the world’s refugees and migrants

On 19 March 2017 in Serbia, 9-year-old Ibrahim and 11-year-old Abuzar, both from Afghanistan, eat food they received during a lunchtime meal distribution, outside dilapidated warehouse buildings at an informal squatter settlement known as The Barracks, in Belgrade, the capital.

More Than 300,000 Unaccompanied Children Migrated Alone in 2015 and 2016

A new report details the risks faced by minors who flee their home countries

For sale: a bit of romance.

Paris’ Infamous Love Locks Will Now Help Migrants

The pesky padlocks are now removed from the bridge—and up for auction

Norwegian TV Series on Migrating Reindeer Impeded After Animals Stop Migrating

The animals are not moving fast enough for Norway’s "slow TV" craze

A slave fortress in Cape Coast, Ghana

A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in History

An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866

Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlements

The discovery of the 14,000-year-old village in Canada lends credence to the theory that humans arrived in North America from the coast

The Kirtland’s warbler is one of North America’s most endangered bird species.

Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migration

The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methods

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The Portal exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, offering a chance to have a conversation with refugees.

What Is it Like to Be a Refugee? Here’s Your Chance to Ask One

At the U.S. Holocaust Museum, an immersive video chatting experience allows you to talk in real-time with refugees living in camps

A painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui, one of thousands of insect species that migrate over southern England

Researchers Record Trillions of Migrating Insects Swarming Through the Skies

Though bugs make up a large amount of biomass, little was known about their migrating habits, until now

Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stop

Bottoms is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birds

A common swift in flight.

Swifts Spend Nearly a Year on the Wing

The tiny birds spend about ten months of the year in the air almost without a break

After U.S. Border Patrol spots their raft, migrants speed back toward the Mexico side of the Rio Grande.

Myth and Reason on the Mexican Border

The renowned travel writer journeys the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile line

Some hybrid thrushes varied their routes, suggesting that different genes may influence fall and spring migration.

Migratory Birds May Come Programmed With a Genetic Google Maps

These hybrid avians inherit some mixed directional messages

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