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Explore the world of biology and meet some of our biologists. Here you can learn about the living world and find out what is so cool about biology that someone would do it for a living. Pick a story to read or listen to one of our podcast shows filled with guest scientists who share their experiences and passion for discovery.

Bats
Have you ever looked up at the sky around the time the sun is going down? Did you see some animals flying around? At first you might have thought they were birds. After watching for a while you notice they just don’t seem to fly like birds. Most likely you are seeing bats.

Feather Biology
So why can't humans fly and what makes birds so special that they are able to take to the air without needing a plane or a glider? The basic answer is they have feathers and also bones that are hollow, making them light and still strong. But there is more to the story of feathers than just flying.

White-winged dove

For much of the desert southwest, the return of the White-winged Doves in late March is a signal that spring has arrived. Their low mournful song “Who-cooks-for-you?” can be heard in many habitats from desert arroyos to city parks. They will be with us all summer. Then suddenly in early September they disappear as they fly south to spend the winter in Mexico.

You can learn more about the White-winged Dove and other birds in our Bird Finder.

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White-winged dove

For much of the desert southwest, the return of the White-winged Doves in late March is a signal that spring has arrived. Their low mournful song “Who-cooks-for-you?” can be heard in many habitats from desert arroyos to city parks. They will be with us all summer. Then suddenly in early September they disappear as they fly south to spend the winter in Mexico.

You can learn more about the White-winged Dove and other birds in our Bird Finder.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.