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Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow
on November 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organized once enough birds join in, new research shows.
Researchers find climate change and turf seaweed causing 'patchy' seascape
on November 14, 2019 at 9:19 pm
Researchers find environmental developments caused by climate change are contributing to the transformation of the seafloor to a lower, more patchy seascape dominated by shrub-like seaweed which could impact species habitats and the structure of the food web.
Bigger doesn't mean better for hatchery-released salmon
on November 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm
A recent study examines hatchery practices in regards to how Chinook salmon hatcheries in the PNW are affecting wild populations over the past decades. Over 65 years, Chinook salmon hatcheries in the PNW have skewed towards releasing larger fish that are more easily preyed upon.
Ancient Egyptians gathered birds from the wild for sacrifice and mummification
on November 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new study.
Body language key to zoo animal welfare
on November 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm
Watching the behavior and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research suggests.
Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
on November 13, 2019 at 2:25 pm
Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a new study. Researchers say corals have been bleached and reefs have lost their structural complexity as a major consequence of warming seas.
Bats don't rely on gut bacteria the way humans do
on November 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Just about all mammals, including humans, rely on a community of helpful bacteria living in our guts to help us digest food and fight off diseases. We've evolved along with these bacteria, to the point that closely related species have similar microbiomes in their guts. Scientists just discovered that bats break that rule. That tells us that bats probably don't rely on their microbiomes the way other mammals do -- we think it's because they fly.
Cats of the sea offer insights into territorial behavior of wild fishes
on November 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Researchers carrying out regular monitoring of a Marine Protected Area off the UK coastline noticed species of wrasse demonstrating almost cat-like behavior as they chased lasers shone onto the seabed.
Miniature fanged 'deer' rediscovered tiptoeing through Vietnam's coastal forests
on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Biologists have rediscovered a species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain -- a deer-like species that is the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of Vietnam ravaged by poaching by snares.
Prey-size plastics are invading larval fish nurseries
on November 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm
Researchers revealed that many larval fish species from different ocean habitats are ingesting plastics in their preferred nursery habitat.
For the first time: A method for measuring animal personality
on November 11, 2019 at 3:50 pm
A study on mice shows animal research may need to take into account the connection between genes, behavior and personality.
Gimme shelter: Seven new leech species call freshwater mussels home
on November 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm
The frequent presence of leeches with a hidden lifestyle in the mantle cavity of freshwater mussels has been recorded since the second half of the 19th century. Yet this was, until now, regarded as an accidental phenomenon. Recent research not only reveals seven mussel-associated leech species new to science, but also shows that their association evolved over millions of years.
Creating fake rhino horn with horse hair to help in saving the endangered rhino
on November 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Scientists have invented a way to create fake rhino horn using horse hair.
Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish
on November 8, 2019 at 1:25 am
Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.
Study finds sex bias in bird conservation plans
on November 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm
After pairing up and raising chicks, males and females of some bird species spend their winter break apart. At the end of their journey to Central or South America, you might find mostly males in one habitat, and females in another. Yet conservation strategies have typically overlooked the habitats needed by females, putting already-declining species in even more peril.
Melting Arctic sea ice linked to emergence of deadly virus in marine mammals
on November 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm
Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine mammals in the North Pacific, according to a study.
Huge gaps in research on microplastics in North America
on November 6, 2019 at 8:45 pm
Amid increasing concern about the effects of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, a new study found that North America is lagging behind other continents when it comes to understanding the potential risks that microplastics and associated pollutants pose to both fisheries and the humans that consume the seafood.
Why did the turtles cross the highway? They didn't, but they still might be impacted
on November 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm
Researchers set out to determine the impact of the Route 33 bypass through Wayne National Forest on the local box turtle population. The answers were not exactly what they expected.
Invasive blue catfish can tolerate high salinities
on November 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm
A new study warns that blue catfish -- an invasive species in several Chesapeake Bay tributaries -- tolerate salinities higher than most freshwater fishes, and thus may be able to expand their range downstream into mainstem Chesapeake waters, and from there into new Bay tributaries and even Delaware Bay.
Red deer are evolving to give birth earlier in a warming climate
on November 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm
Red deer living on the Isle of Rum, on the west coast of Scotland, have been giving birth earlier and earlier since the 1980s, at a rate of about three days per decade. New results now show that genetic change due to natural selection is partly contributing to the change: red deer are evolving.