Giraffes Prefer a Fair Fight

Researchers found that the long-necked mammals spar with partners of similar stature.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #ethology-journal, #giraffes, #your-feed-science

Komodo Dragons Are Now Endangered and ‘Moving Toward Extinction’

A top conservation organization updated the status of the fierce giant lizards on its Red List of threatened species.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flores-indonesia, #global-warming, #indonesia, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #komodo-dragons-lizards, #reptiles, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Nania The Elephant Beat the Odds

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Nigerian Activist Trying to Sell Plants to the Oil Company That Destroyed Them

“I need to help my women to stand,” says Martha Agbani, who helped a group of women from the Niger Delta build a flourishing mangrove nursery.

#agbani-martha, #agriculture-and-farming, #conservation-of-resources, #content-type-personal-profile, #mangroves, #niger-delta-nigeria, #nigeria, #oil-spills, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #trees-and-shrubs, #women-and-girls, #yaataah-nigeria

Climate Change Is Killing the Colorado River

Low water levels have triggered cutbacks to some Western states.

#colorado-river, #conservation-of-resources, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #rivers, #western-states-us

Facing Severe Droughts, Developers Seek to Reuse the Water They Have

Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages.

#conservation-of-resources, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #drought, #real-estate-commercial, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #san-francisco-calif, #sustainable-living, #water

Can California Start Taking Droughts Seriously, Please?

We can survive an arid future if we put our minds to it.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #infrastructure-public-works, #politics-and-government, #water, #western-states-us

Zoos Are Bad for Animals

Many of them aspire to be good civic institutions that care for animals on their grounds and in the wild. But is it really worth their captivity?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animals, #assn-of-zoosaquariums, #biodiversity, #breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #zoos

Florida Manatees Died at an Alarming Rate in the First Months of 2021

Years of worsening water quality from toxic runoff have increased algae blooms and killed the sea grass that manatees graze on, experts say.

#conservation-of-resources, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees, #wildlife-die-offs

1,500 Eggs Were Waiting to Hatch. Then a Drone Crashed.

The authorities said they were hoping to identify the operator of a drone that crashed in a nesting area for elegant terns, leading 2,500 of the birds to flee the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif.

#birds, #california, #conservation-of-resources, #drones-pilotless-planes, #elegant-terns, #huntington-beach-calif, #wetlands

Elephant Trunks: Is There Anything They Can’t Do?

A new study highlights the impressive biomechanics and suction power of an elephant’s most defining appendage.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #journal-of-the-royal-society-interface, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

In Australia, Births of Tasmanian Devils Are a Milestone After 3,000 Years

Seven babies were born in the semi-wild of a nature preserve, millenniums after the animals were wiped out on the Australian mainland. Whether they can survive is another question.

#animals, #australia, #conservation-of-resources, #tasmanian-devils

Brazil’s Bid to Outsource Amazon Conservation Finds Few Takers

Brazil is seeking to share the cost and burden of protecting the rain forest with the private sector. But it has found few firms willing to help.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #carrefour-sa, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation

Where’s the Water? Drought Threatens California’s Lifeline

Thursday: Amid another dry year, the state’s water supply is low — but the effects may not be seen in urban areas.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #water

One of the World’s Longest-Running Experiments Sends Up Sprouts

After lying dormant in buried bottles for 142 years, 11 seeds germinated on the Michigan State University campus after scientists planted them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #beal-william-james-1833-1924, #conservation-of-resources, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #lowry-david-1979, #michigan-state-university, #research, #seeds, #telewski-frank, #weber-marjorie-1985, #your-feed-science

Seeds From a 142-Year-Old Science Experiment Have Sprouted

After lying dormant in buried bottles for 142 years, 11 seeds germinated on the Michigan State University campus after scientists planted them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #beal-william-james-1833-1924, #conservation-of-resources, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #lowry-david-1979, #michigan-state-university, #research, #seeds, #telewski-frank, #weber-marjorie-1985, #your-feed-science

The Price They Pay for Your Perfect Vacation Photo

Scientists are concerned about unregulated feeding of ocean wildlife by tour operators.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #bahama-islands, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #greece, #marine-biology, #philippines, #photography, #research, #sharks, #travel-and-vacations, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Birds and the Buoys: Using Googly Eyes to Avert Extinction

A pair of looming eyes could scare away seabirds from fishing nets in which they are often entangled.

#birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #innovation, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches

In the wake of wars, natural disasters and insurgencies, Mozambique is experiencing an environmental renaissance. One of the results is a new and stunningly beautiful national park.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #mozambique, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #photography, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

#africa, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-fatalities, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #lapierre-wayne, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-rifle-assn, #new-yorker, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Plant a Love of Nature in Your Kids

This Earth Day, show kids they can find refuge in the outdoors.

#animals, #birds, #carson-rachel, #children-and-childhood, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #parenting, #writing-and-writers

The Long History of Those Who Fought to Save the Animals

In “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis tells the stories of the men and women who have fought to rescue endangered animals from extinction.

#animals, #beloved-beasts-fighting-for-life-in-an-age-of-extinction-book, #biodiversity, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #nijhuis-michelle, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Turn the Lights Out. Here Come the Birds.

Buildings, landmarks and monuments are turning off lights to prevent fatal impacts as birds set off on spring migration.

#academy-of-natural-sciences, #animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #audubon-society-national, #birds, #canada, #conservation-of-resources, #cornell-lab-of-ornithology, #dallas-tex, #florida, #fort-worth-tex, #lighting, #new-york-city, #windows

Jack Hanna Has Dementia, His Family Says

The 74-year-old is believed to have developed Alzheimer’s disease and will retire from public life, his daughters said in a letter.

#animals, #columbus-zoo-and-aquarium, #conservation-of-resources, #content-type-personal-profile, #hanna-jack, #ohio, #television, #zoos

Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong Find Respite Thanks to the Coronavirus

A cut in ferry service because of the pandemic means the animals, a Hong Kong icon, are getting a little peace and quiet in a favored habitat. But the break is temporary and the future not bright.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #ferries, #hong-kong

April the Giraffe, Who Became an Internet Sensation in 2017, Dies

April, 20, gained fame giving birth as millions watched via livestream. She was euthanized on Friday because of her worsening arthritis.

#animal-adventure-park-harpursville-ny, #april-the-giraffe, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #giraffes, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

A Biologist, an Outlandish Stork and the Army of Women Trying to Save It

In the Indian state of Assam, a group of women known as the Hargila Army is spearheading a conservation effort to rescue the endangered greater adjutant stork.

#animals, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #photography, #storks-birds, #travel-and-vacations, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #women-and-girls

Some Elephants in Africa Are Just a Step From Extinction

A key conservation group counted the continent’s elephants as two species for the first time, highlighting the dire threat to forest elephants.

#africa, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Visited a National Park This Year? Now, Help Save It.

More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #salmon, #yosemite-national-park-calif

One Year Later, We Still Have No Plan to Prevent the Next Pandemic

And yes, there could soon be another pandemic.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #goodall-jane, #wilderness-areas, #world-health-organization

Yes, America, There Is (Some) Hope for the Environment

Wildlife bridges, plastic-eating bacteria and drones that plant trees remind us that we are as good at repairing as we are at destroying.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #trees-and-shrubs

Protecting Lions Helps the Whole Food Chain? Actually, We Don’t Know.

The assumption that adding apex predators to wildlife parks in South Africa benefits smaller animals is in need of more testing, scientists say.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #lions, #mammals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

Dozens of countries are backing an effort that would protect 30 percent of Earth’s land and water. Native people, often among the most effective stewards of nature, have been disregarded, or worse, in the past.

#biodiversity, #brazil, #canada, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #papua-new-guinea

America’s New Whale Is Now at Extinction’s Doorstep

Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #darwin-charles-robert, #drilling-and-boring, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-national-park, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida-panhandle, #genetics-and-heredity, #gulf-of-mexico, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #natural-gas, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas

A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #pandas, #research, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-science

Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction?

Scientists have found that sawfish are thriving in some habitats while vanishing from others.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #endangered-species-research-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Mouse That Survived a Volcanic Apocalypse

Much as small mammals outlived the dinosaur extinction, this rodent beat the odds when Pinatubo blew its top in the Philippines in 1991.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #luzon-philippines, #mice, #philippines, #research, #rodents, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Nature Doesn’t Get a Paycheck. Now, There’s a Movement to Change That.

Ignoring the value of nature threatens humanity itself, according to a new British report on biodiversity and economics.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #dasgupta-partha, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #global-warming, #great-britain

Eleanor Torrey West, Preserver of Her Inherited Island, Dies at 108

Off Georgia’s coast, the lush 26,000-acre Ossabaw Island had been in her family since 1924. She dedicated her life to keeping it out of the hands of developers.

#conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #environment, #georgia, #land-use-policies, #ossabaw-island-ga, #west-eleanor-torrey-1913-2021

The World’s Rarest Turtle Has a Shot at Escaping Extinction

Conservationists confirmed that a Swinhoe’s softshell turtle found in Vietnam is female, reigniting hope for saving the species.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hanoi-vietnam, #reproduction-biological, #turtles-and-tortoises, #vietnam, #wildlife-conservation-society, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Covid-19 Kept Tourists Away. Why Did These Seabirds Miss Them?

When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #shutdowns-institutional, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

New Bat Species With Orangutan Hue Discovered in West Africa

Scientists hope the rare discovery could be a catalyst for conserving the region’s biodiversity.

#american-museum-novitates, #bats, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #guinea, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Long, Lonesome Look at America

Alone on a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States, a Times journalist found an America cloaked in solitude — and a country on edge.

#arkansas, #california, #colorado, #conservation-of-resources, #forests-and-forestry, #montana, #oregon, #ozark-mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #wildfires

How This Spot (in Mozambique) Got Its Leopard

Gorongosa National Park, steadily recovering from the ravages of civil war, recently added to its list of resident predators.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #leopards, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Biden Must Stop Trump’s Reckless Plunder in Alaska

A last-ditch effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling is underway.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carter-jimmy, #conservation-of-resources, #drilling-and-boring, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

The Problem With Problem Sharks

A marine biologist’s ideas for singling out sharks that attack humans have prompted objections from other shark scientists.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #clua-eric, #conservation-of-resources, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #french-polynesia-france, #hunting-and-trapping, #indian-ocean, #marine-biology, #research, #reunion-island, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Small Donations Aiming to Make a Big Splash

Environmental issues may seem too big to tackle, but some smaller foundations have figured out ways to have an impact.

#chesapeake-bay, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #global-warming, #henderson-island-pitcairn-islands, #philanthropy, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas