Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMTThe tree swallow has magnificent migrations, like many of its ilk. The Alaskan warming however is more drastic than the rest of the continent, like Arctic regions elsewhere, so how does that influence the swallow’s “phenology?”
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:16:55 GMTWhat are those small fliers hanging about the wall or the bank? They are not hoverflies because they seem to have nest holes, yet they don’t sting or buzz much either! The solitary bees and the mining bees are just one branch of the great bankers of our fruit tree heritage. They, along with the humble Bumblers, form a major corporation of the pollinators. Here’s a (very) brief life of little Andrena, plagued by cuckoos who are fellow bees. This does remind you of the commercial world of
grab and takewhen you can!
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:15:00 GMTThe Dutch, the Bosnians, the Scots, the Poles? Which army of men provided the tallest soldiers in those monotonous bloody battles? That fraught argument provided the grist in the past for discussion and possibly wars, but the genetics (and the food) has improved our knowledge. We now understand a little of what our Neolithic cultures have given us through migrations and the haplotypes that people carried with them.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:00 GMTHow will we view the current conservation crisis in the future. Tigers, like it or not, are at the forefront of poaching and habitat preservation. We will be judged on whether this is an oversight in counting Indochinese tigers or a genuine result of conservators who struggle to maintain the world’s great rainforests and often die in the attempt. Armed poachers are matched rarely in firepower by rangers and wardens, so protection here may involve more than patrolling. The cameras need to reveal faces and the legal profession needs to get busy on very heavy punishment for those who operate for the ugliest of all motives - greed.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:01 GMTThe rocky pools of Maine are the centre of attention in the scientific world for once. How the many interactions work gives insight into the most complex ecosystems on earth, like the coral reefs or the terrestrial examples in rainforest. Crab and whelk, winkle and seaweed all collaborate in the winner eats all scenario of these wonderful pools. An artificial mesocosm provides the experimental basis for the investigation of real rock pools, with these food webs providing evidence of the full facts for the first time.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:59:00 GMTIf we take a group of islands that suffer from regular volcanic creation and then erosion back into the sea, can we gather invaluable information about how life evolves generally to fill available habitats in other biomes---- ? The answer seems to be YES we can.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMTThe daring explorer ventures near the dangerous predator at his peril, but this is the army ant, so there are fascinating “guests” and although the danger is real, we can avoid the worst of the bites. The reward is genomes that tell us new stories of parallels and evolutionary successes in these impenetrable, dense forests.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:59:00 GMTWhat can China avoid polluting that we can’t. Well it’s possible that even greater carbon footprints will quickly be trodden if events follow mazy paths in many places.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:40:00 GMTThe future of trucks and buses is the mundane work of Nissan Electric and other enterprising manufacturers. The glamour of a fast, light electric car is there to be exploited however, and who better than our Margot!
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:20:00 GMTThe great auk was gobbled up by sailors. Now the importance of such species is highlighted in a study proving how the barren wastes are transformed into a “green” land where Inuits and Vikings found a haven.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMTTiger, leopard and dhole! Carnivores, large and small, govern resources across the whole spectrum of natural habitats, whether terrestrial or marine. Here they interact to give real meaning to the word ecology. Camera traps are proving invaluable for relieving our ignorance of all communities of animals and plants, whether threatened like these, or simply our local wood. We love the tiger, Panthera tigris, the leopard, Panthera pardus and the dhole, Cuon alpinus, (http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/dhole-cuon-alpinus/2076/ ) and you can read that from our frequent stories on them! Here we study them as an unusual grouping, now called a carnivore guild.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMTHave we got the answer to urban living when we solve the huge losses of hedgehogs in suburban neighbourhoods? The adoption of wild roofs and city ecoscapes in general brings some species to the new city. We have forgotten some animals that might just help clear the pests from our gardens or maintain plants and birdlife in some ways that we have found impossible. Natural habitat has been replaced largely with novel human solutions that need time to prove themselves. Emotionally, many would give the hedgehog their garden-vote, but the population has decreased so much, it could be too late to bring them back.
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:50:00 GMTHow does the fate of the desperately-threatened tiger subspecies become involved with their relative on another continent? The answer lies in the actions of the South African government, who continue to submit to pressure groups who breed lions and sell them for various less-than-human activities. I hesitate to recommend any action on such obvious manipulations, but a letter to these people can only help. EIA recommend this action in their article on how tigers are affected.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMTThe apes and monkeys represent one of the most interesting and numerous mammalian orders. With the lemurs, lorises and marmosets to set the tone for diversity, the need is to maintain conservation efforts and increase the chances for survival. Too much human expansion on this small planet is leaving little breathing space for other primates, or even ourselves in many cases. Limits have to be set and greed controlled before we are the only apes left.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:40:00 GMTWe rarely come across research that leads to true connections with human evolution in other animals, but menopause is an almost unique event that has deep meaning for survival. With these whales, we have a link to one of our own particular characteristics that can only be investigated in these species. Who knows what information we may find among orca ecotypes and even other unique species.