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  • New mobile element found in mosquito parasite has potential for disease control
    on March 20, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    An interdisciplinary team of scientists has identified a new mobile DNA element in the Wolbachia parasite, which may contribute to improved control strategies for mosquito vectors of diseases such as Dengue and West Nile virus. […]

  • Local extinction of Southern California mountain lions possible within 50 years
    on March 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Two isolated mountain lion populations in southern California's Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains are at risk of local extinction, perhaps as soon as within 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Applications. The extinction risk is due to low genetic diversity and mortality that affects the stability of the population. But increasing connectivity could help. […]

  • The recent spread of coyotes across North America did not doom deer populations
    on March 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Coyotes eat deer, but not enough to limit the deer population at a large scale. A new study of deer numbers across the eastern United States has found that the arrival and establishment of coyote predators has not caused the number of deer harvested by hunters to decline. […]

  • Beware of sleeping queen bumblebees underfoot this spring
    on March 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Scientists have discovered a never before reported behavior of queen bumblebees. […]

  • Wildlife tourism may negatively affect African elephants' behavior
    on March 20, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Increasing numbers of tourists are interested in observing wildlife such as African elephants, and income generated from tourism potentially aids in the protection of animals and their habitats. However, a new study reveals that wildlife tourism may be a stressor for free-ranging elephants. […]

  • Are there Zika reservoirs in the Americas?
    on March 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    A researcher travels the Americas, collecting feces from nonhuman primates to determine the risk of Zika reservoirs. […]

  • What makes evolution go backwards?
    on March 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. Instead, new research by behavioral scientists shows that in certain cases evolution works in the opposite direction, reversing individual improvements to benefit related members of the same group. […]

  • Woolly star plants need catastrophes to live
    on March 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    The endangered Santa Ana Woolly Star depends on catastrophic floods. Thanks to a huge dam, natural floods are now nonexistent in its home turf. Researchers use different soil treatments mimicking flood effects in its preferred habitat, exploring the effectiveness of each towards plant survival. […]

  • Tiny song bird makes record migration
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    The bird's trek between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin is one of the longest songbird migrations recorded. Describing a route arcing across North America and including a transoceanic flight to South America, the study confirms an epic migration journey that scientists had long suspected but not yet proved. Tracking their route is key to solving the birds' decline. […]

  • New model IDs primate species with potential to spread Zika in the Americas
    on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    In the Americas, primate species likely to harbor Zika -- and potentially transmit the virus -- are common, abundant, and often live near people. So reports a new study. […]

  • Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens
    on March 19, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Yet, this could come at the cost of biodiversity. New research encourages the presence of dung beetles and soil bacteria at farms as they naturally suppress E. coli and other harmful pathogens before spreading to humans. […]

  • Mammals' unique arms started evolving before the dinosaurs existed
    on March 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    One of the things that makes mammals special is our diverse forelimbs -- bat wings, whale flippers, gibbon arms, and cheetah legs have evolved to do different, specialized tasks. Scientists wanted to see where this mammalian trait started evolving, so they examined fossils from early mammal relatives to see when the upper arm bones started diversifying. They discovered that the trait took root 270 million years ago -- 30 million years before the earliest dinosaurs existed. […]

  • Bromethalin is poisoning the parrots of Telegraph Hill, study finds
    on March 18, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Bromethalin, a common rat poison, is the agent responsible for a neurological disease that has sickened or killed birds from a popular flock of naturalized parrots that reside primarily in the Telegraph Hill area in north San Francisco, according to a new study. […]

  • Climate change negatively affects waterbirds in the American West
    on March 18, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West - affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering. […]

  • Bacteria may help frogs attract mates
    on March 14, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    The role played by symbiotic microorganisms isolated from the skin of anurans has been discovered by researchers in Brazil. […]

  • Wild African ape reactions to novel camera traps
    on March 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    An international team of researchers analyzed video from remote camera-trap devices placed in ape-populated forests throughout Africa to see how wild apes would react to these unfamiliar objects. Responses varied by species, and even among individuals within the same species, but one thing was consistent throughout: the apes definitely noticed the cameras. […]

  • Sea otters' tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence
    on March 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Researchers have analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as 'anvils' to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens. The researchers used ecological and archaeological approaches to identify patterns that are characteristic of sea otter use of such locations. By looking at evidence of past anvil stone use, scientists could better understand sea otter habitat use. […]

  • Role of sea urchins on California kelp
    on March 14, 2019 at 11:58 am

    California sheephead and spiny lobsters may be helping control sea urchin populations in Southern California kelp forests, where sea otters -- a top urchin predator -- have long been missing, according to a new study. The research provides new insight into the complex predator-prey relationships in kelp forests that can be seen in the absence of sea otters. […]

  • Hungry moose more tolerant of wolves' presence
    on March 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Research in western Wyoming shows that close proximity of wolves does cause moose to move, but not enough to drive them from their preferred habitats -- especially late in the winter. […]

  • Tunas, sharks and ships at sea
    on March 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Researchers combine maps of marine predator habitats with satellite tracks of fishing fleets to identify regions where they overlap -- a step toward more effective wildlife management on the high seas. […]

 

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