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Whooping cranes form larger flocks as wetlands are lost -- and it may put them at risk
Over the past few decades, the endangered whooping crane (Grus Americana) has experienced considerable recovery. (2020-04-02)
Vermont has conserved one third of the land needed for an ecologically functional future
In a new study, forest conservation experts at the University of Vermont (UVM) confirmed that the state has already protected 33%, or 1.3 million acres, of highest priority targeted lands needed to protect and connect valuable wildlife habitats and corridors. (2020-04-01)
Preservation of testicular cells to save endangered feline species
A research team at the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) developed a method to isolate and cryopreserve testicular cells. (2020-03-31)
Renewable energy developments threaten biodiverse areas
More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe. (2020-03-25)
UM scientists play a direct role in identification of forests for protection in Borneo
An international team of researchers, including two from the University of Montana, are working to help identify priority forest areas for protection on Borneo. (2020-03-23)
We're getting better at wildlife conservation, AI study of scientific abstracts suggests
Researchers are using a kind of machine learning known as sentiment analysis to assess the successes and failures of wildlife conservation over time. (2020-03-19)
Improving success of giraffe translocations
In two new studies, an international team of researchers identifies the ideal composition of a group of giraffes to be translocated for conservation purposes and provides guidelines for all aspects of the translocation process. (2020-03-19)
Reef manta rays in New Caledonia dive up to 672 meters deep at night
The first data collected on the diving behavior of reef manta rays in New Caledonia considerably extend the known depth range for this vulnerable species in decline, according to a study published March 18 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hugo Lassauce of the University of New Caledonia, and colleagues. (2020-03-18)
Bargain-hunting for biodiversity
The best bargains for conserving some of the world's most vulnerable salamanders and other vertebrate species can be found in Central Texas and the Appalachians, according to new conservation tools developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2020-03-16)
Blinded by the light
A new paper researching a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife. (2020-03-16)
UM professor helps Malaysia develop conservation areas, protect species
Jedediah Brodie has spent a career tromping around tropical rainforests, conducting on-the-ground research in some of the world's most lush and diverse regions. (2020-03-13)
Environmental DNA in rivers offers new tool for detecting wildlife communities
Ecologists in England and Scotland, collaborating with ecologists Christopher Sutherland and Joseph Drake at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, report this week on a new method of identifying an 'entire community of mammals' -- including elusive and endangered species that are otherwise difficult to monitor -- by collecting DNA from river water. (2020-03-12)
Actively engaging local people could make grizzly conservation policies more bearable
Western Canada hosts a significant portion of North America's grizzly bears, and declining bear numbers have led to various conservation efforts. (2020-03-11)
Is intensive agriculture reducing mourning dove reproduction in the eastern US?
Populations of some common bird species, including the familiar mourning dove, have been on the decline in North America. (2020-03-11)
Warming mountaintops put snake at risk of extinction
Climate change is a key factor contributing to the likely extinction of the Greek meadow viper, a new study has found. (2020-03-11)
Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection
The natural coastal defenses provided by mangrove forests reduce annual flooding significantly in critical hotspots around the world. (2020-03-10)
Balancing bushmeat trade and conservation vital to ensure livelihoods not threatened
Local communities in the Congo rainforest have been working with researchers from the University of York in a bid to balance the bushmeat trade with conservation. (2020-03-05)
The health of coral reefs in the largest marine protected area in the world
Scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation have published their findings from extensive coral and reef fish surveys conducted on the Global Reef Expedition in the Cook Islands. (2020-03-04)
More than 60% of Myanmar's mangroves has been deforested in the last 20 years: NUS study
New research from the National University of Singapore showed that between 1996 and 2016, substantial mangrove forests have been converted to agricultural use in Myanmar. (2020-03-03)
Red panda population genomics confirms two phylogenetic species and different evolutionary histories
A research team led by Prof. WEI Fuwen from the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, used population genomics methods to analyze the genome resequencing data of 65 wild red pandas from seven geographical populations; mitochondrial genomes of 49 red pandas; and Y chromosome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data from 49 male individuals. (2020-03-03)
Federally protected lands reduce habitat loss and protect endangered species, study finds
Using more than 30 years of earth satellite images, scientists at have discovered that habitat loss for imperiled species in the US over this period was more than twice as great on non-protected private lands than on federally protected lands. (2020-03-02)
How quickly do flower strips in cities help the local bees?
Many cities are introducing green areas to protect their fauna. (2020-03-02)
Scientists call on government to increase ambition to save our ocean
A team of marine scientists from across the UK, led by the Marine Conservation Research Group at the University of Plymouth, has called on the Government to increase its ambition to save the oceans by overhauling its approach to marine conservation management. (2020-02-25)
NUS-led study suggests mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism, for now
An international team of researchers led by Associate Professor Daniel Friess and Dr Erik Yando of the National University of Singapore has found that globally, mangrove loss rates have reduced by almost an order of magnitude between the late 20th and early 21st century -- from what was previously estimated at one to three per cent per year, to about 0.3 to 0.6 per cent per year, thanks in large part to successful mangrove conservation efforts. (2020-02-25)
When it comes to conservation, ditch the 'canary in the coal mine'
With habitat loss threatening the extinction of an ever-growing number of species around the world, many wildlife advocates and conservation professionals rely on the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine'--monitoring and protecting a single representative species--to maintain healthy wildlife biodiversity. (2020-02-25)
Shrinking sea ice is creating an ecological trap for polar bears
The decision of each individual bear to stay on the ice or to move to land appears to be linked to the energetic cost or benefit of either option, and the potential of having to swim to reach land. (2020-02-25)
Threatened birds and mammals have irreplaceable roles in the natural world
A new study led from the University of Southampton has shown that threatened birds and mammals are often ecologically distinct and irreplaceable in their environment. (2020-02-24)
A plan to save Earth's oceans
At least 26 per cent of our oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, a University of Queensland-led international study has found. (2020-02-21)
Fossils help identify a lone 'bright spot' in a similar state to coral reefs before human impact
Many Caribbean coral reefs are heavily degraded, yet their pre-human, natural states are often assumed or estimated using space-for-time substitution approaches. (2020-02-20)
Improving assessments of an endangered lion population in India
An alternative method for monitoring endangered lions in India could improve estimates of their abundance and help inform conservation policy and management decisions. (2020-02-19)
Himalayan wolf discovered to be a unique wolf adapted to harsh high altitude life
Researchers from the University of Oxford have discovered that the Himalayan wolf is a unique wolf characteristically adapted to the harsh life in the Asian high altitudes where low oxygen levels challenge all life forms. (2020-02-19)
How learning about fish can help us save the Amazon rainforest
They might not be as popular as jaguars and parrots, but fish hold the key to lots of the Amazon rainforest's secrets. (2020-02-17)
Crops provide chimpanzees with more energy than wild foods
A University of Kent study has found that cultivated foods offer chimpanzees in West Africa more energetic benefits than wild foods available in the region. (2020-02-17)
Coral reefs: Centuries of human impact
In her AAAS talk, ASU researcher Katie Cramer outlines the evidence of the long-ago human footprints that set the stage for the recent coral reef die-offs we are witnessing today. (2020-02-14)
For evolutionary study finds rare bats in decline, CCNY research
A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the world's largest bats, known as flying foxes. (2020-02-14)
To help wildlife move, researchers map both natural and legal boundaries
Researchers have developed a way to find the path of least resistance in creating wildlife corridors by mapping not only habitat but also the types of legal authority governing the landscape. (2020-02-14)
Habitat fragmentation imperils Madagascar's large-bodied lemurs
A new study in the American Journal of Primatology highlights the critical need for conservation efforts to protect lemurs on Madagascar. (2020-02-14)
Caribbean sharks in need of large marine protected areas
Governments must provide larger spatial protections in the Greater Caribbean for threatened, highly migratory species such as sharks, is the call from a diverse group of marine scientists including Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) PhD Candidate, Oliver Shipley. (2020-02-13)
Biodiversity offsetting is contentious -- here's an alternative
A new approach to compensate for the impact of development may be an effective alternative to biodiversity offsetting -- and help nations achieve international biodiversity targets. (2020-02-12)
Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline
Insect declines and extinctions are accelerating in many parts of the world. (2020-02-10)
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