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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds, according to scientists in the United States and Australia.

Drought, floods and heat waves are becoming more common in western North America, and scientists expect the trend to continue. The culprit? A new study points to climate change.

John Dubuisson, documents librarian at the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library, was awarded the 2018 National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Natural Resources Conservation Management Communication Award for Promoting Public...

Hiding somewhere in the sagebrush on a wide-open area were dozens of sage grouse. It was dark. So dark it seemed you can see nearly every star. 

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Sue Spector was kayaking with her husband down the pristine Braden River in western Florida when she spotted an otter.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth's geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from...

An uptick in urban rats has homeowners frantically trying to figure out ways to thwart infestations.

The finding, published in the journal Environmental Biology of Fishes, could change a commonly held view that hatchery-raised fish are generally expected to behave in the same manner, said Julia Unrein, who led the study as a master's...

A team of ecologists, led by William Deacy and Jonathan Armstrong of Oregon State University, investigated whether the early ripening of elderberries, caused by anomalously high spring temperatures, changed what Kodiak bears eat.

Of course, they don’t have hands. But scientists used motion-sensing tags to show that most blue whales roll to the right as they feed – except when swimming upward.

Marine mammal populations have been rebounding along the West Coast in recent decades, and apparently they're eating a lot to celebrate.

Animals can be left-handed or right-handed just like humans, including the largest ones that have ever lived. But they can also be ambidextrous.

The impact of creatures that drifted to the Oregon Coast after the 2011 tsunami will be the topic at the latest Science on Tap presentation, set for Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Newport’s Rogue Brewery.

Seal and sea lion populations along rebounded during the past 40 years, and the protected animals are snacking on millions of Chinook salmon throughout the West each year, potentially eating into any progress from conservation projects.

The cost of the nearly $1 billion Savannah harbor deepening project is measured not only in money, but also in wildlife. And it’s getting steeper.

More than 30 times this year, the federal government has received reports of whales tangled in fishing gear along the West Coast. Sometimes the whales manage to wriggle free.

When commercial fishermen spool out long lines in pursuit of sablefish— better known to consumers as black cod—seabirds looking for an easy meal dive to steal the bait off the series of hooks.

Fishermen and researchers are working together to zero in on ways to keep West Coast fisheries from threatening endangered seabirds.

Grizzly bears have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries after being forced to make a choice due to climate change. Warming temperatures meant that the berries are ripening...

For the past two decades, scientists have documented a gradual lowering of the frequency of blue whale calls and they haven't been sure why – or even whether the phenomenon is intentional.

New research suggests that a rise in tick-borne diseases could be linked to a shortage of mouse predators like foxes and martens.

Seabed mining could send the blue whale population out of the South Taranaki Bight, says a marine mammal expert.

The video of a baby gray whale swimming alongside the beach goers at Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, on Tuesday, has gone viral after it was posted by a local photographer.

Professor Jim Rivers of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University discusses his long-term study of the elusive and threatened marbeled murrelet.

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There’s good news for the West’s imperiled greater sage grouse. New research suggests the bird has a better chance of survival when juniper trees are removed from its habitat.

Oregon State University wants to know more about the animal patterns of sheep to help determine ways to stop the spread of disease.

Looking to improve your overall life satisfaction? Try regularly hiking in a forest or otherwise engaging with the natural environment.

Some of Jonny Armstrong's camera trap masterpieces are featured here - plus many more candid wildlife photos!

Now, scientists off the coast of New Zealand have captured drone footage of a particularly voracious “bluey” tucking into a hearty lunch.

A team of researchers is trying to determine what impact grazing might have on native bees.

Dr Ari Friedlaender, from Oregon State University, is tagging whales to get a picture of what a day in the life of a whale is like – helping them to understand feeding patterns, social lives...

Clint Epps, a wildlife biologist at Oregon State University, told BBC News manmade barriers have stopped many animals, not just humans, from crossing the border.

If you've ever wanted to get a glimpse into the life of a whale, now is your chance.

It would be nice to say, “Hang a birdhouse and they will come,” but attracting wild birds to nest in your yard isn’t quite so easy.

Peter Konstantinidis removes the cover from a big wooden cabinet and pulls out a drawer to reveal the treasures nestled inside...

New Zealand's Maui dolphin, the world's smallest, is headed to extinction after a half-century of lethal encounters with fishermen's nets.

Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests that it may be worse.

Chances are you’ve heard the Pacific chorus frogs’ call before. Its classic “rib-bit” is featured in basically any movie that needs frog noise.

LIFE@OSU and the Center for Teaching and Learning are introducing a new semi-monthly series highlighting the stories of successful teaching on campus.

The study suggests that black powder projectiles scattering fewer lead fragments in wild-killed game, presenting on consumption a reduced risk of secondary lead poisoning.

Antarctic scientist Ari Friedlaender believes in the power of storytelling to effect change.

Although sperm whales have not been driven to the brink of extinction as have some other whales, a new study has found a remarkable lack of diversity in the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA...

At Oregon State University, Professor Scott Baker is adding the information collected by the Snotbot to a catalog of 3,000 whales that he and his team have been studying for 35 years.

Sounds from the deep mystify scienctists

Just kidding — the giant sea mammals are helping scientists to collect vital data

If you wanted to create a new Oregon license plate background before the start of 2016, your task was deceptively simple: convince the Legislature to pass a bill to make the DMV create the plate.

Hunters may minimize lead exposure to wildlife, especially such scavengers as golden eagles that feed on carrion, through choosing proper types of ammunition, a new study noted.

A system that could galvanize whale research gathers more data about the deep-sea behemoths, over a longer period of time, than any previous device.

On this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer interviews scientist and ecologist Ari Friedlaender, who has been working in Antarctica for about 20 years.

A new study found that traditional bullets for muzzleloading rifles and black powder rifle cartridges fragment less upon impact and may leave far fewer lead fragments in game...

Russian submarines? Black-ops helicopters? Vigilante sheepdogs? Cannibal snakes? Weird theories abound for the causes of the baffling case.

Scientists have long used satellite tags to track endangered blue whales along the West Coast...

In the last 20 years, one of the country's most valuable natural resources has transformed from a national disaster to a great American recovery story.

Incentives that are designed to enable smarter use of the ocean while also protecting marine ecosystems can and do work...

A splitnose rockfish's thousands of tiny offspring can stick together in sibling groups from the time they are released into the open ocean until they move to shallower water, research shows.

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Brian Sidlauskas unscrews the lid of a clear plastic container about the size of a pickle jar, then uses a pair of giant tweezers to extract his prize: a dead fish.

It is a milestone for ocean conservation and Russia’s relationship with the rest of the world.

Understanding population dynamics is crucial for the conservation of species like albatrosses, but collecting data on albatrosses before they reach adulthood and begin to breed is challenging.

Larger, more frequent wildfires across the Great Basin have contributed significantly to a decline in greater sage-grouse...

Christina Murphy, Ph.D. student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Researchers for the first time have documented the killing of millions of animals in Brazil's Amazon Basin for their hides following the collapse of the Rubber Boom in the 20th century...

Oregon wildlife officials are beginning required reviews of the way they manage wolves and cougars, while researchers are continuing to study how the two predators interact.

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres has been heading up the pilot project.

A teacher and several students from Lincoln County recently took part in a research cruise about Oregon State University’s research vessel, Oceanus.

It is a controversial decision administrators made with the use of state funding, and a decision that went against the advice of local leaders, geologists and OSU professors.

Oregon State University professor Bruce Mate on one of three ex-trawl fishing boats OSU is converting to use as whale research and oceanography vessels.

For the past several years, technicians have been trucking spring Chinook salmon above Foster Dam in Sweet Home to see if they would spawn...

The death of a humpback whale in New Jersey, which has been officially linked to human activity, has renewed concern about whale conservation

A garden is like a box of bonbons to deer, and homeowners fill it with the candy they love most.

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Michelle's dissertation work has been made into a short movie or two!

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t prospecting for new locations,” says Dan Roby, a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University who studies pelicans and other birds.

OSU President Edward J. Ray announced Aug. 3 that a new $50 million center for global marine studies research and education will be built at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport

Ari Friedlander, a whale specialist from Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, says sea turtles are not a common prey for orcas.

Newport-based Kaety Jacobson, a Sea Grant fisheries specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, said if you’re even thinking about buying that day, you are urged to not only bring c

A new university study finds the natural resources sector in the Northwest fuels more than $176 billion in direct and related sales and accounts for nearly 886,000 full and part-time jobs

Florida's coral reefs are already in big trouble. Scientists around the globe have noted serious problems for the delicate but vital ecosystems...

Olympia oysters: small, slow to mature, their unique qualities appreciated by a loyal few (who affectionately call them "olys").

New research reveals that every sperm whale in the world descended from a single female.

Researchers admit that wild mustelids can be maddening to study. Most species are secretive loners, shrug off standard radio collars with ease, and run close to the ground...

If you think your commute to work, school or college is tough, spare a thought for the Arctic tern. (and more)

Coral reefs are declining around the world because a combination of factors...

At OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport

Swirling eddies in the ocean have long been thought to be beneficial to organisms such as larval fishes residing within them because of enhanced phytoplankton production.

In the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka, pygmy blue whales are changing their tune — and they might be doing it on purpose.

A new mural has emerged at Hatfield Marine Science Center, featuring a life-size, three-dimensional walrus head and other marine mammals at Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center in Newport.

Officials say thousands of cormorants abandoned their nests on East Sand Island in the Columbia River and they don’t know why. Reports indicate as many as 16,000 adult birds in the colony left...

“Today is a marvelous day,” said Carl Schreck, professor of Fisheries at Oregon State University. “We’re recognizing forever that these animals are an important part of our environmental ecosystem."