For 14 years, Bernd Koop has been counting and researching migratory birds on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn. His expertise is in big demand with planners of wind farms - especially when it comes to planning the turbines' height.
German conservationists want the public to head outdoors and count creepy crawlies this weekend. They're holding a nationwide insect census to collect crucial data on a population they say is under threat.
Two separate studies highlight a dramatic trend in Germany: the number of flying insects has declined by 76 percent over the past 27 years. There are 15 percent fewer birds than just twelve years ago.
Habitat loss and a decline in insects are among the main factors influencing an alarming decrease in birds in Germany and Europe, according to new figures released by the German government.
Research has now shown that it may have taken far longer for baby dinosaurs to hatch than previously thought. Thankfully, some of them - our fine feathered friends - appear to have developed more speedily.
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