Previous studies suggest older parents give birth to offspring that, on average, live shorter lives. In a recent study of European shorebirds, researchers believe they have shed some new light on the matter.
Three adult piping plovers nested along New York's Lake Ontario shoreline for the first time in over 30 years. Among the birds was a breeding pair that successfully fledged a single chick – a promising step in the recovery of the endangered bird's Great Lakes population.
Piping plovers are facing habitat loss and breeding space as a result of wetland drainage in the Great Plains.
A 'supergene' that affects a male ruff bird's plumage ultimately determines its mating strategy.
A Tulane University study of three species of shorebirds recently showed that their breaks between parts of the long migration depend on one factor. Hint: It is not Slim Jims.
Not all shorebirds use the same migratory strategy: some birds making long migrations tend to remain at their rest stops for longer periods and gain weight faster than those making shorter trips.
If you come across an injured bird, here's what to do. It's nice to know ahead of time, because you might just find one in a park or when you're out and about.