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  • Tiny Birds, Immense Stamina

    Geolocating ‘backpacks’ help researchers identify blackpoll warbler migration routes

    Blackpoll warblers that breed in western North America may migrate up to 12,400 miles roundtrip each year, some crossing the entire North American continent before making a nonstop trans-ocean flight... More

  • Stunned by Climate Change?

    Researchers investigate ‘alarming rate’ of sea turtles stranded off Cape

    The number of cold-stunning and stranding events among young sea turtles is increasing at an “alarming” rate and has moved north from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod Bay, say researchers at the... More

  • Hidden Beneath Our Feet

    UMass scientists find giant viruses in Massachusetts soil

    Until recently, scientists thought of viruses as mostly small infectious agents, tiny compared to typical bacteria and human cells. So imagine the surprise when UMass Amherst biologist Jeff Blanchard... More

  • Rare Sighting

    UMass ecologist documents rare goat species in Afghanistan

    A new study by an international team, including a UMass Amherst wildlife ecologist, has for the first time documented by direct observation the presence of two rare Asian wild goat species in... More