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Glass frogs reappear in Bolivia after 18 years
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thumbnail phys­.org - A rare species of frog native to the eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes has been spotted in the South American country for the first time in 18 years, the investigation team that made the discovery…
Fluorescent pink slug, unique to Australian mountaintop, survives bushfires
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thumbnail theguardian­.com - A fluorescent pink slug, found only on a single mountaintop in northern New South Wales, has survived the bushfires that burnt through much of its alpine habitat. Around 60 of the brightly coloured M…
Australia's Iconic Platypus Faces Extinction Threat Due to Climate Change and Human Activity
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thumbnail ecowatch­.com - The devastating wildfires in Australia that have claimed the lives of more than a billion animals, by some estimates, are just one of the effects of global climate change the country's wildlife is gr…
Defence force flies experts to Kosciuszko in corroboree frog rescue mission
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thumbnail theguardian­.com - The Australian defence force flew threatened species experts into remote parts of Kosciuszko national park after bushfires burnt enclosures for the southern corroboree frog. Three out of four enclosu…
Prescribed burns benefit bees
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thumbnail phys­.org - Freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years, according to new research from North Ca…
A zoo’s jungle cats would like your leftover perfume. Preferably Calvin Klein.
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thumbnail washingtonpost­.com - By Antonia Noori Farzan close Antonia Noori Farzan Reporter for the Morning Mix Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow January 30, 2020 at 6:24 AM EST If the Calvin Klein cologne that you got for Christmas …
Endangered cheetahs can return to Indian forests
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thumbnail bbc­.com - India's top court has said cheetahs can be reintroduced in the country, 70 years after they were wiped out. Responding to a plea by the government, the Supreme Court said African cheetahs could be in…
South Africa’s move to allow farming of lions and other wildlife is a bad idea, scientists say
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thumbnail sciencemag­.org - A white rhino with its calf on a private game reserve in South Africa By Linda NordlingJan. 29, 2020 , 1:40 PM A decision by South Africa’s government to include more than 30 wild species—including r…
Otterly adorable: Rocky the sea otter making smooth recovery at Minnesota Zoo after first-of-its-kind procedure
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thumbnail kstp­.com - According to a release from the Minnesota Zoo, last June, zookeepers noticed Rocky was not using his back left flipper. After examination and initial improvements, Rocky's symptoms returned and worse…
Seabird ‘cops’ spy on sneaky fishing vessels
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thumbnail sciencemag­.org - Researchers used wandering albatrosses like these to find fishing boats that may have been avoiding detection. By Erik StokstadJan. 27, 2020 , 3:00 PM Sometimes fishing vessels vanish: Captains turn …
Back In The 80s, Denver Gave Peregrine Falcons Swanky Skyscraper Nests. Whatever Happened To Them?
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thumbnail cpr­.org - There was a time — a few decades ago — when peregrine falcons were a fixture of the Denver skyline, almost as common as the cash register building or maybe the gold dome. “They were constantly in the…
How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses?
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thumbnail nytimes­.com - Bats have lost some genes involved in that response, which makes sense because the inflammation itself can be very damaging to the body. They have a weakened response but it is still there. Thus, the…
Massive effort to document the genetics of European forests bears fruit
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thumbnail sciencemag­.org - A power drill helps a researcher extract a core from a tree included in the GenTree project. By Elizabeth PennisiJan. 27, 2020 , 3:15 PM Faced with deforestation, climate change, invasive pests, and …
Trees might be 'aware' of their size
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thumbnail phys­.org - Trees are known for their great, but not unlimited, trunk height and diameter. They have evolved to develop a heavy above-ground biomass, but this integral feature poses a challenge to the trunk's st…
Huge rise in Scotland's deer cull needed to protect land, says report
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thumbnail theguardian­.com - An expert report has called for hundreds of thousands of deer to be culled in Scotland to deal with an unsustainable surge in numbers. The report estimates that up to 1 million wild deer could be roa…
A rewilding triumph: wolves help to reverse Yellowstone degradation
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thumbnail theguardian­.com - Twenty-five years ago this month, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, America’s first national park and an ecosystem dangerously out of whack owing to the extirpation of its top predator. This m…
Dungeness Crabs’ Shells Are Dissolving From the Severity of Pacific Ocean Acidification
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thumbnail ecowatch­.com - As the Pacific Ocean becomes more acidic, Dungeness crabs, which live in coastal areas, are seeing their shells eaten away, according to a new study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospher…
Urban wildlife: Managing Cape Town’s baboons
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thumbnail news­.mongabay­.com - CAPE TOWN — In and around Cape Town, expanding urban communities press right up against the protected area of Table Mountain National Park. This gives residents and tourists alike easy access to the …
Iconic Southern Resident Orca and Father of 21 is Missing and Feared Dead
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thumbnail ecowatch­.com - The whale, known as L41 or Mega, was the largest and oldest of all southern resident orca males. He was a significant member of the embattled group of killer whales who swim between the waters of Was…
Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in Bolivia
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thumbnail news­.mongabay­.com - Video footage of a pack of rarely-seen bush dogs has been captured by a camera trap at a ranch in eastern Bolivia. The footage, provided exclusively to Mongabay, was captured at San Miguelito, a ranc…
Only Mariana Crow Outside Micronesia Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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thumbnail nationalzoo­.si­.edu - An elderly 25-year-old male Mariana crow named Clint was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) Jan.14. Clint was the only Mariana crow living outside of Rota Is…
Florida hunters capture more than 80 giant snakes in Python Bowl
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thumbnail theguardian­.com - Most visitors to the mosquito-infested swamps of the Florida Everglades are happy to leave again quickly: a half-hour airboat ride and photograph of a basking alligator is usually enough to satisfy t…
Here's an NFL Team You Can Join This Super Bowl to Help Save Coral Reefs
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thumbnail ecowatch­.com - "I'm a diver and I love the ocean – it's certainly a passion point for me," Sanchez said of his decision to get involved. He highlighted the fact that coral reefs are in serious trouble — the UN's In…
How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?
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thumbnail phys­.org - Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and …
‘People need to see big patterns.’ U.S. ecological observatory’s new science chief looks ahead
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thumbnail sciencemag­.org - Many National Ecological Observatory Network sites include towers bristling with instruments that collect a wide range of environmental data. By Elizabeth PennisiJan. 31, 2020 , 12:25 PM One year ago…
Pathology stories part four: A day in the life of Dr. Carmel Witte
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thumbnail institute­.sandiegozoo­.org - The office is dominated by file cabinets and a computer desk, with photos of family as well as notes and books and images of favorite animals. The split computer screens are filled with spreadsheets …
Ecosystems
The health of foundation species promotes the stability of the ecosystems that depend on them
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Feral horses are destroying fragile post-fire habitat in the Australian Alps
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Success and failure of ecological management is highly variable
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Impending Amazon tipping point puts biome and world at risk, scientists warn
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Trust our expertise or face catastrophe, Amazon peoples warn on environment
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Belize officially declares wildlife corridor in key protected area complex
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Animals
Humans not always to blame for genetic diversity loss in wildlife
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Spider glue turns moths' defenses against them
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What is That Ruckus in Africa Rocks?
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Key cetacean site in Philippines sees drop in dolphin, whale sightings
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Over and Up
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Scientists learn how plants manipulate their soil environment to assure a cheap, steady supply of nutrients
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Are your houseplants bad for the environment?
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Prescribed fires help native plants find mates, reproduce and flourish: study
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Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments
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Perspective | Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential
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Rare trees are disappearing as ‘wood pirates’ log Bolivian national parks
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Health
Veterinary team removes cord from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo mountain lion
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Immune systems not prepared for climate change
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Mite-destroying gut bacterium might help save vulnerable honey bees
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DDT and other banned chemicals pose threat to vulnerable dolphins on Great Barrier Reef
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Zoos
After Rough Few Years, Elderly Zoo Gibbon Gets New Mate
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How climate change is affecting gardens
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Technology
New portable tool analyzes microbes in the environment
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