It's a monarch butterfly jail break. Each year inmates at the Walla Walla Penitentiary in Washington state rear thousands of monarch butterflies and release them as they mature up until early October. That's when the last of these majestic insects should be winging their way down to Mexico, where they will spend their winter among acres of fir trees. This release is part of a Washington State University (WSU) project that "tags" the delicate creatures in order to track their southward progress.
In the wake of intense drought conditions in California's Central Valley, migratory birds suddenly find themselves without a place to rest and recover before the next leg of their journey. However, conservationists have rented thousands of acres of land, which are then flooded to provided temporary wetlands for these long-distance fliers.
Researchers have found that burst swimming or "sprinting" among salmon can lead to the fish having heart attacks mere feet from their spawning grounds, journeying so very far only to tragically die near the very end.
Monarch butterflies are famous for their remarkable annual migration, traveling 2,000 miles from eastern United States to central Mexico every Autumn. Now researchers have determined that these butterflies find their way much like some birds do, using an internal magnetic compass.
A rare albino whale, the famous Migaloo, was spotted for the first time this year off the Australian coast on Tuesday.
The metal parts used to construct fish hatcheries, such as iron pipes and steel rebar, affects the navigation ability of young steelhead trout needed for migration, according to new research from Oregon State University.
A population of zebras has just secured the number one spot as Africa's longest terrestrial wildlife migration, hoofing it more than 300 miles (500 kilometers) round-trip between Namibia and Botswana.
A new genetic study has revealed that populations of humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere are actually members of separate subspecies.
New research has found that adult sea turtles determine where they migrate to and which their feeding sites they inhabit is influenced by their drift experiences along ocean currents as little hatchlings.
Thousands of dead fish are washing onto the shores of Shark River in Belmar, New Jersey. Experts are speculating that the fish all suddenly started dying at once as the oxygen levels in the river were utterly depleted.
If birds could talk, most would not be able to tell you which way was north, and they would blame your electronics for it. Electromagnetic noise interference from human electronics have been interfering with the internal compass of migratory birds for decades, according to a recent study.
Millions of tiny songbirds - weighing in at less than an ounce - migrate thousands of miles from the US to Central and South America each year on the coattails of nature's wind patterns, according to a new paper published in Journal of Biogeography.
Millions of crabs make their way from the island's forest floor to the seas in this massive migration.
Salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate in open water as they locate their river of origin to breed.