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What’s a Seabird?
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What’s a Seabird?

Any bird that "makes its living" from the ocean beyond the surf zone is part of this diverse collection of marine birds. Several orders are included.

From gulls and albatross to penguins and the blue-footed booby, there are nearly 500 species of seabirds. Explore how their anatomy and habits make them well-suited for ocean life.

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14 Fun Facts About Sea Hawks

14 Fun Facts About Sea Hawks

For starters, there's no "seahawk" species and the mascot for the 2014 Super Bowl champions is actually an augur hawk. Check out the other 12. More...

Article
Smithsonian
Criminal Penguin

Criminal Penguin

Crime doesn't pay. It really doesn't. But this video of a thieving Adelie penguin will probably make you laugh. More...

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Discovery
You’re a What? Ornithologist

You’re a What? Ornithologist

If you love birds, you might want to consider a career as an ornithologist. What do these scientists do? How do they train and prepare? Find out from Amanda Rodewald. More...

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U.S. Department of Labor
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Live on the West Coast (or Alaska or Hawaii) and like to walk on the beach? Then this beached bird survey project might be for you. More...

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COASST
Fish Nets Found to Kill Large Numbers of Birds

Fish Nets Found to Kill Large Numbers of Birds

We often hear about fishing nets inadvertently catching and killing marine animals. But fishing nets are also deadly to many seabirds, killing hundreds of thousands a year. More...

Article
New York Times
Ice Stories: A Tale of Two Cities

Ice Stories: A Tale of Two Cities

How can a penguin colony be too successful in its breeding? What have super breeders figured out? See what David Ainley has learned from his work on Ross Island, Antarctica More...

Article
Exploratorium
Lessons from a Career in Seabird Research

Lessons from a Career in Seabird Research

Hear what the University of Washington's Dr. Julia Parrish has learned after studying seabirds for 20 years. More...

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BirdNote
Penguins Launch Like Rockets

Penguins Launch Like Rockets

With flippers for arms and almost no legs, emperor penguins are not particularly graceful on land. But they're acrobats as they leap from the sea. More...

Video
Discovery
Seabirds: More to Explore

Seabirds: More to Explore

Take a closer look at the albatross, cahow (Bermuda Petrel), fulmar, petrel, and shearwater. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Seabirds: Photo Gallery

Seabirds: Photo Gallery

From the Gentoo penguin and the puffin to the albatross and blue-footed booby, check out this collection of seabird images. More...

Images
National Geographic
Traveling the California Current

Traveling the California Current

Investigate the seabirds that live along this current, which is part of the large North Pacific gyre and links five national marine sanctuaries. More...

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NOAA

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