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Increasing threats to animal migration
13. October 2021

The advantages for animals migrating to northern breeding grounds are being eroded, as the animals experience lower food availability, higher pathogen pressure and increased predation rates.

27 Norwegian white-tailed sea eagles successfully released in Ireland and Spain
15. September 2021

The release of Norwegian white-tailed sea eagle fledglings this summer marks a milestone in the restoration of the species in Europe.

From red to green for endangered species
6. September 2021


More than 38 500 species are threatened with extinction globally. A new tool can help reverse this trend.

Turbulent eddies to save fish from turbines
6. July 2021

A wild idea can be the solution to get fish past power plants.

Major wind research centre kicks off its activities
16. June 2021

The NorthWind research centre on wind energy launched its activities today with its first General Assembly.  

Puffin hunting in Iceland gives a unique insight into climate effects
4. June 2021

130 years of catch data show that global warming is contributing to population decline in the world's largest puffin colony.

Seabirds ring the alarm
27. May 2021

Changes in seabird breeding productivity reflect hemispheric differences in ocean warming and human use, and call out the need for policies that reduce the impacts of climate change on the world’s marine ecosystems. 

Can Turbulent eddies save fish from turbines?
21. May 2021

Researchers seek to use turbulent eddies in the river to safely guide salmon and eels past hydropower plants. 

Norwegian-Russian cooperation aims to stop the spread of alien species to the Arctic
20. April 2021

This year, a major campaign is being launched in northwest Russia aimed at preventing the spread of alien species to Russian parts of the Arctic. Scientists fear that seeds, insects and parasites will establish themselves in the vulnerable northern regions, and ask travelers to take action.

Aliens in the Arctic
13. April 2021

Scientists have developed a new method to map and monitor alien species in the polar regions. 

Seabirds consume higher proportions of fish stocks when prey abundance is low
9. April 2021

This study signals the need for fisheries management to account for ecosystem constraints when setting catch limits in periods of low forage fish biomass.

GPS-tracking of chick-rearing puffins reveals causes of population decline
26. March 2021

Reduced availability of key prey forces adult puffins to fly further from their colonies to find food. Meanwhile, their chicks starve at the nests.

Scandinavian and Finnish brown bears not isolated as previously assumed
18. March 2021

The Scandinavian and Finnish brown bear populations are among the largest in Europe but were until recently separated. A new study by Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish researchers demonstrates that connectivity has been restored with decent exchange of individuals and genes between countries.

Seabirds consume higher proportions of fish stocks when prey abundance is low
9. February 2021

Using data from five different marine ecosystems, researchers have tested the hypothesis of predator‐pit dynamics for forage fish. By examining the consumption of fish by seabirds and the effect of such predation on fish population dynamics, they found that seabird-induced mortality of forage fish varies with fish abundance.

Feathers reveal mercury contamination in alcids in the Arctic
4. December 2020

More than a quarter of the individual auks in which mercury levels were measured outside the breeding season exceeded the toxicity threshold.

Kittiwakes find refuge on offshore oil rigs
19. November 2020

Offshore oil rigs serve as a breeding refuge for Norwegian Black-legged Kittiwakes. Although they are few in number, these birds produce more chicks than kittiwakes in natural colonies along the coast, to the benefit of the impoverished

Seabird experts in CAFF propose a new kittiwake conservation plan
4. November 2020

The Circumpolar Seabird Group under CAFF and the Arctic Council has proposed a conservation plan for the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, a species which has been declining severely

Palm oil certification brings mixed outcomes to neighbouring communities
2. November 2020

Sustainable certification of oil palm plantations can reduce poverty, but the timing of certification is among the factors that influence the effect.

Can nature be restored?
29. September 2020

It is no longer sufficient to protect nature – there is also a need to restore what has been degraded. Ecological restorations are actions to improve the ecological condition and values of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Mitigation and compensating measures can also be part of restoration. 

Seabirds and kelp harvest – conflict or harmony?
18. September 2020

Foraging shags and commercial kelp harvesters very often utilize the same marine areas.

How efficient are mitigation measures for bird-friendly wind power?
14. August 2020

Simple measures can make wind turbines more bird friendly. New research shows that measures such as painting the rotor blades or towers, using UV-light and smart micro-siting of wind turbines, decreases the risk for bird collisions considerably.

Vultures respond to auditory cues
20. May 2020

Vultures and other avian scavengers characteristically circle the skies, scanning the ground for carcasses. New research has revealed that these birds can, in addition to sight, respond to auditory cues indicative of potential foraging opportunit

Is it possible to restore the wild ass to the central steppes of Kazakhstan?
16. April 2020

In a world where wild spaces are becoming fewer the central steppes of Kazakhstan uniquely contain hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of grasslands which represent an amazing opportunity for wildlife conservation. However, several of the

Puffins and razorbills choose different strategies in harsh winter conditions
2. January 2020

Puffins change their diet while razorbills seek out new foraging areas.

Animals take climate action
2. September 2019

Migratory animals are actively adjusting their traditions to climate change.

China and India dominate in greening the Earth
13. February 2019

A new study reports China’s planting of trees and India’s intensive crop cultivation as the main reasons why the Earth is greening throwing doubt on the role of carbon dioxide fertilization, which climate change skeptics have

First estimates of body mass change between the breeding and wintering stage in Atlantic Puffins.
7. January 2019

By measuring body mass and wing length of adult Atlantic Puffins on their breeding grounds and in their wintering areas near the Faroe Islands, researchers have now estimated the seasonal changes in body mass for two populations breeding in Norwa

Environmental benefits of leaving offshore infrastructure in the ocean
5. July 2018

More than 7500 oil and gas platforms and wind turbines will become obsolete in the next few decades. Full removal may not be the best plan after all, according to new survey of international experts.

Standardization and facilitation of seabird data for use in impact and environmental risk assessments
2. July 2018

NINA Annual Report 2017
27. June 2018

NINA’s key statistics and activities throughout 2017. 

Mass mortality events of seabirds can have massive effects on populations
2. May 2018

Most seabirds have a long life span, delayed maturity andspread their reproduction across many years. This life history pattern makes seabird populations particularly sensitive to decreases in adult survival rates. Mass mortality events can there

Doctoral defence: seabirds and offshore windpower
2. March 2018

Signe Christensen-Dalsgaard defends her academic thesis as part of the doctoral work at the Norwegian University of Science (NTNU): Drivers of seabird spatial ecology – implications for development of offshore wind-power in Norway

Unusual evolutionary development in Leach’s storm petrels
28. February 2018

The genetic relationships between different populations of what was formerly known to belong to the species Leach’s storm petrel have been complicated for a long time. Researchers have now compared DNA from nearly 300 different individu

Flexibility in the foraging behaviour of the kittiwake may buffer the effect of marine environmental changes
30. January 2018

Recent Norwegian research shows that the black-legged kittiwake is surprisingly flexible when it comes to finding food for itself and its chicks. The ability to adapt makes this small gull robust to changes in the marine environment – t

Elephants in Namibia more stressed outside the national park
25. January 2018

The stress levels in elephants living in the areas outside Etosha National Park is higher than in elephants living inside the park. This is revealed in a study where researchers from NINA and NTNU measured the levels of stress hormones in elephan

Impacts of salmon lice on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout
10. January 2018

New report concludes: Considerable evidence exists that there is a link between farm-intensive areas and the spread of salmon lice to wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout. 

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