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Animal News

An image of a painted lady butterfly, it has red splotchy upper wings and a brown pattern on the lower wings.

News

Butterfly wing patterns emerge from ancient ‘junk’ DNA

Butterfly wing patterns have a basic plan to them, which is manipulated by non-coding regulatory DNA to create the diversity of wings seen in different species, according to new research.

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Entomology
A hand holding up a grasshopper.

News

Cornell entomology students and faculty are pulling out all the stops for the 17th annual festival, which returns after pandemic-related cancellations the last two years.

  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Department of Entomology
  • Entomology
Golden-winged Warbler resting on a tree branch.

News

The 2022 State of the Birds Report reveals that birds are declining overall in every habitat, except wetlands – a finding that could provide a viable strategy for improving outcomes for all birds.

  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animals
  • Climate Change
student walk around solar arrays

Field Note

Milan Broughton ’24, Animal Science major and Claire Bloodnick ’22, MPS graduate and lead lab technician, spent the past summer working on the solar grazing project where they spent their days among the solar arrays, grazing sheep and livestock guardian dogs! We visited Milan and Claire out in the field to learn more about their experiences.
  • Animal Science
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Animals
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Field Note

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Cornell CALS Animal Science major, Lan Nguyen ’23, spent 56 days of her 2022 summer on an island off the coast of Maine where she completed a minor in marine biology at Shoals Marine Laboratory – a remote field station located on Appledore Island, Maine, that is jointly operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.
  • Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
sheared sheep

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Events

Student pets goat at Art of Agriculture

Exhibit

Art of Agriculture
Join Sigma Alpha, professional agricultural sorority, on the Arts Quad to learn more about agriculture! Experience student groups, research labs, and agricultural outreach organizations representing a wide array of opportunities and careers in...
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
  • Animals
Graduate students in the field of animal science eating dinner.

Seminar

348 Frank Morrison Hall 507 Tower Road Ithaca, NY 14853 Schedule: 9/23: Andres Ortega "Examining the Role of Non-Essential AA for Milk Yield and Energetic Efficiency: Abomasal Infusion of Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids using Energy as...
  • Animals
  • science communication
  • Animal Science
four youth in dairy barn

Workshop

Entry for the Youth Dairy Judging competition is now open! The contest will be held on September 2nd during the colored-breed week during the New York State Fair. Registration is required and it is open to any New York youth ages 8 to 19 using...
  • Animal Science
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Youth and Families