More than flapping: New study shows that birds' flight speed depends on multiple factors, such as the size of the flock, altitude, proximity to a coastline, and frequency of wingstrokes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hats off to 23 Becoming Salesforce volunteers who helped us restore habitat at Pier 94 Wetlands on Monday. They removed 29 30-gallon bags of weeds and planted 78 native plants in the formerly weedy area. Along the way, we spotted 22 species of birds! Photos by Janet Carpinelli and Noreen Weeden. ... See MoreSee Less

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