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Pangolins at 'huge risk' as study reveals dramatic increases in hunting across Central Africa

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:55:00 EST

The hunting of pangolins, the world’s most illegally traded mammal, has increased by 150 percent in Central African forests from 1970s to 2014, according to a new study led by the University of Sussex.(image)



Early Squirrel Gets the Real Estate, University of Guelph Study Finds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:14:00 EST

Those young squirrels now scampering around your neighbourhood were born in this year’s earliest litters and are more likely to survive than squirrels born later and still curled up in their nests, according to a new University of Guelph study.That’s because when it comes to survival in the squirrel world, the first out of the nest is best, said David Fisher, a post-doctoral researcher and lead author of the study conducted on squirrels in Yukon.(image)



Hawaiian Birds Rapidly Colonize Young Restoration Forest

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:40:00 EST

Forest birds on the island of Hawaii are responding positively to being restored in one of the largest, ongoing reforestation projects at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, according to a new study released July 10 in the journal Restoration Ecology.Serving as pollinators and seed dispersers, birds have an important role in ecosystem function and their presence in restoration areas can be a measure of success for conservation efforts.(image)



Prelude to global extinction: Stanford biologists say disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact on Earth's animals

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:20:00 EST

No bells tolled when the last Catarina pupfish on Earth died. Newspapers didn’t carry the story when the Christmas Island pipistrelle vanished forever.(image)



Stanford researchers observe unexpected flipper flapping in humpback whales

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:54:00 EST

When Jeremy Goldbogen, an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University, affixed recording devices to humpback whales, it was with the hope of learning more about how the animals move in their natural environment – deep underwater and far from human’s ability to observe.(image)



Greenland's summer ocean bloom likely fueled by iron

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:33:00 EST

Iron-rich meltwater from Greenland’s glaciers are helping fuel a summer bloom of phytoplankton.(image)



Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:37:00 EST

Right now, a prairie dog in Colorado is busy increasing soil carbon retention, increasing water infiltration, and clipping vegetation that will help maintain local grasslands and provide nutritious forage for large herbivores like cattle and bison. And, somewhere in Mexico, a pollinating bat is ensuring agave plants make good tequila.(image)