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New Method to Estimate Abundance, Detect Trends in North Atlantic Right Whales Confirms Recent Population Decline

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:18:00 EST

NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years.  The findings were published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.(image)



Wolves Understand Cause and Effect Better Than Dogs

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:21:00 EST

A rattle will only make noise if you shake it. Children learn this principle of cause and effect early on in their lives. However, animals like the wolf also understand such connections and are better at this than their domesticated descendants. Researchers at the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna say that wolves have a better causal understanding than dogs and that they follow human-given communicative cues equally well. The study in Scientific Reports provides the insight that the process of domestication can also affect an animal’s causal understanding.(image)



New study shows banning shark fin in the U.S. won't help save sharks

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:05:00 EST

A new study published today in the scientific journal Marine Policy shows that banning the sale of shark fins within the United States can actually harm ongoing shark conservation efforts.David Shiffman of SFU’s Earth2Ocean research group and Robert Hueter from the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida say that a proposed nationwide ban on shark fin sales within the United States is a misguided and ineffective approach to protecting sharks.(image)



Once-Abundant Ash Tree and Antelope Species Face Extinction – IUCN Red List

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:53:00 EST

North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™(image)



New UBC Research Suggests Bird Songs Isolate Species

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:33:00 EST

Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can’t recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new UBC research.(image)



New Model of Climate-Change Effects on Coffee Availability and Bee Pollinators

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:21:00 EST

Areas in Latin America suitable for growing coffee face predicted declines of 73-88 percent by 2050. However, diversity in bee species may save the day, even if many species in cool highland regions are lost as the climate warms. The research, co-authored by David Roubik, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, will be published in an early online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences edition between Sept. 11-15.(image)



10 greatest sightings, so far, from NOAA's exploration of the deepwater Pacific

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:15:00 EST

Today, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is embarking on the last leg of NOAA’s three-year mission to explore the deep Pacific Ocean when it heads to the Musicians Seamounts and the Hawaiian Islands.Starting September 7, you, too, can join the expedition virtually by following the live video streamed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) diving down to the seafloor near Musicians Seamounts. Dives will continue through September 29, usually between 2:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Eastern, depending on weather and ocean conditions.(image)