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Team Finds First Wild Alligator Snapping Turtle in Illinois Since 1984

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:48:00 EST

Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. The discovery may be a sign of hope for this state-endangered species, or the animal could be the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention, the researchers say.(image)



York University research shows insecticide-laden seeds can disorient migrating songbirds

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:32:00 EST

Songbirds exposed to widely used insecticides during migration pit stops on farmland could lose significant body weight and become disoriented, research by York University and the University of Saskatchewan (U. of S.) has found.The researchers exposed white-crowned sparrows on spring migration to realistic doses of two different insecticides – imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, and chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate – to see the effects on migratory activity, orientation and body mass.(image)



Urban Refuge: How Cities Can Help Rebuild Declining Bee Populations

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:36:00 EST

The billowing stainless steel forms of Frank Gehry’s Pritzker bandshell seem to float up from behind the 3.5-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, backed by Chicago’s celebrated skyline. Another landmark in a city long a laboratory for innovation in architecture and landscaping, the garden has been called a “model of responsible horticulture.” Masses of flowering perennials and grasses are a striking counterpoint to the surrounding walls of concrete and glass. Perhaps most unexpected, at a place that sits atop a 4,000-vehicle underground parking garage and railroad depot in the inner city, are the bees that flit from flower to flower.(image)



Dozens of New Wildlife Corridors Identified for African Mammals

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:22:00 EST

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified 52 potential wildlife corridors linking protected areas across Tanzania. Using a cost-effective combination of interviews with local residents and a land conversion dataset for East Africa, they found an additional 23 corridors over those previously identified by Tanzanian government reports.(image)



Use of Glow Sticks in Traps Greatly Increases Amphibian Captures in Study

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:06:00 EST

With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs.(image)



Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:27:00 EST

Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.(image)



Protecting the Wild: Baylor Professor Helps to Minimize Recreation Disturbance to Wildlife

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:46:00 EST

Nature and outdoor enthusiasts seek to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping. However, sometimes appreciating nature’s beauty comes at a cost to wildlife.(image)