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  • New management approach can help avoid species vulnerability or extinction
    on January 18, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Research focuses on transient nature of species' and ecosystem stability; illustrates how prepare for possible flips.

  • New classification marks paradigm shift in how conservationists tackle climate change
    on January 14, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    A new study introduces a classification called Resistance-Resilience-Transformation (RRT) that enables the assessment of whether and to what extent a management shift toward transformative action is occurring in conservation.

  • Penned release of green geckos has potential to help preserve threatened native species
    on January 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Researchers outlined how they translocated 19 barking geckos to Mana Island, using the method of penned release - enclosing them in a 100m² pen for three months so they get used to the site and hopefully establish a breeding population.

  • Scientists discover new 'spectacular' bat from West Africa
    on January 13, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Scientists have discovered a new species of a striking orange and black bat in a mountain range in West Africa. The species, which the researchers expect is likely critically endangered, underscores the importance of sub-Saharan 'sky islands' to bat diversity.

  • New study reveals how fences hinder migratory wildlife in Western US
    on January 12, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Wildlife biologists combined GPS location data of tagged mule deer and pronghorn antelope with satellite imagery of Wyoming fences to find out just how often these animals encounter fences, and what happens when they do. The results help pinpoint which fences pose the biggest barrier to ungulates trying to access their ideal habitat.

  • A bucket of water can reveal climate change impacts on marine life in the Arctic
    on January 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    We know very little about marine life in the Arctic. Now researchers are trying to change that. They have shown that a simple water sample makes it possible to monitor the presence, migration patterns and genetic diversity of bowhead whales in an otherwise hard-to-reach area. The method can be used to understand how climate changes and human activities impact life in the oceans.

  • Native biodiversity collapse in the Eastern Mediterranean
    on January 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    An international team quantified a dramatic biodiversity collapse of up to 95 per cent of native species in the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • Rare footage captured of jaguar killing ocelot at waterhole
    on January 5, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.

  • Eurasian eagle owl diet reveals new records of threatened big-bellied glandular bush-crickets
    on January 5, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Bird diets provide a real treasure for research into the distribution and conservation of their prey, conclude scientists after studying the Eurasian Eagle Owl in southeastern Bulgaria.

  • Pandas' popularity not protecting neighbors
    on January 4, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Doubt is cast on the long-held hope that the conservation protections granted pandas and other adored threatened species extended to their wildlife neighbors, calling for broader conservation efforts.

  • Risk of extinction cascades from freshwater mussels to a bitterling fish
    on January 4, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Reproduction of native and invasive bitterling fishes and their hybridisation was studied in Japan. We collected mussels in which these bitterlings lay their eggs, kept them in aquaria, collected eggs/larvae ejected from mussels, and genotyped them. We found that hybrids occurred when local mussel density was low. The rapid decline of the host mussels and artificial introduction of an invasive congener interacted to cause the rapid decline of a native fish.

  • Weedy Seadragon genomics reveal highly distinct populations
    on December 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    To describe weedy seadragons as unique is an understatement. With a fused, elongated jaw, body armor, leafy appendages and no pelvic fins, these fish are like no other. Found only along Australia's temperate coast, numbers have been declining. Now a landmark study using genomics reveals four distinct populations in south-eastern Australia.

  • Capturing 40 years of climate change for an endangered Montana prairie
    on December 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Over 40 years of monitoring, an endangered bunchgrass prairie became hotter, drier and more susceptible to fire annually -- but dramatic seasonal changes (not annual climate trends) seem to be driving the biggest changes in plant production, composition, and summer senescence.

  • Invasive in the U.S., lifesaver Down Under
    on December 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    New research reveals monitor lizards should be regarded as 'ecosystem engineers' as they provide food and shelter to other reptiles, insects and mammals, helping prevent extinction.

  • New population of blue whales discovered in the western Indian ocean
    on December 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    An international team of researchers has discovered what it believes to be a new population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.

  • Current food production systems could mean far-reaching habitat loss
    on December 21, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    The global food system could drive rapid and widespread biodiversity loss if not changed, new research has found.

  • Growing numbers of critically endangered sawfish in Miami waters
    on December 18, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    A new collaborative study found evidence of growing numbers of critically endangered smalltooth sawfish within coastal waters off Miami, Florida, an area where the regular presence of this rare species had gone largely undocumented, until now.

  • Humpback whale songs provide insight to population changes
    on December 18, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Following reports of unusually low whale numbers that began in 2015-16, researchers examined song chorusing recorded at six sites off Maui.

  • Satellite tracking supports whale survival
    on December 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Extensive satellite tracking has revealed important new knowledge about the little known pygmy blue whale population of Southern Australia. Marine biologists have extensively tracked the movements of foraging and migrating blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) along the Australian continental shelf on a journey towards breeding grounds in Indonesia as part of conservation efforts for the endangered species.

  • Whole genomes map pathways of chimpanzee and bonobo divergence
    on December 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Chimpanzees and bonobos are sister species that diverged around 1.8 million years ago as the Congo River formed a geographic boundary and they evolved in separate environments. Now, a whole-genome comparison of bonobos and chimpanzees reveals the gene pathways associated with the striking differences between the two species' diets, sociality and sexual behaviors.

 

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