The National Zoo’s Panda Cub Has a Name: Xiao Qi Ji

The cub had a live birth and a social media following — everything, it seemed, but a name. Until now.

#conservation-of-resources, #pandas, #smithsonian-institution, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #washington-dc, #zoos

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Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears

In their spare time, two Silicon Valley developers aided conservationists in developing artificial intelligence to help keep track of individual bears.

#alaska, #artificial-intelligence, #bears, #british-columbia-canada, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservation-of-resources, #ecology-and-evolution-journal, #facial-recognition-software, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

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In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Seven Charged in Flying Squirrel Trafficking Ring, Florida Officials Say

The scheme involved thousands of flying squirrels that were captured in less than three years and were exported to Asia, the officials said.

#conservation-of-resources, #east-asia, #florida, #knox-rodney, #marion-county-fla, #rodents, #south-korea, #squirrels, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

#chicago-ill, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #georgia, #michigan, #north-america, #ontario-canada, #presidio-national-park-calif, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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A Utah Man Meets a Cougar. Chasing and Swearing Ensue.

Kyle Burgess, 26, encountered an adult mountain lion while trying to take a video of her cubs. For nearly six minutes, he retreated backward on a hiking trail, keeping his eyes and his phone trained on the cat.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #mountain-lions-and-cougars, #social-media, #utah

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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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Coronavirus Vaccine Makers Are Not Mass-Slaughtering Sharks

Some coronavirus vaccines rely on a shark-based product, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get immunized.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #sharks, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What Makes a Good Duck Painting? The Government Suggests Some Hunting

A new rule in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, requiring artists to include hunting themes in their submissions, has raised eyebrows and objections in the duck painting community.

#art, #audubon-society-national, #connecticut, #conservation-of-resources, #delaware, #ducks, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #friends-of-animals, #hunting-and-trapping, #north-america

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When Invasive Species Become the Meal

Is dining on nature’s predators an act of environmentalism — or just a new way for humans to bend the world to our will?

#2020-t-design, #conservation-of-resources, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #invasive-species, #lai-bun, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #thomas-robert-a, #wildlife-die-offs, #world-health-organization

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China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #communist-party-of-china, #conservation-of-resources, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

#algae, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #wildlife-die-offs, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.

Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-letters-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #horses, #mammals, #research, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction

Scientists have rebuilt the population of Burmese roofed turtles to nearly 1,000 individuals and counting.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #myanmar, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-science

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‘Fixing the Damage We’ve Done’: Rewilding Jaguars in Argentina

Bringing back the top predator to Argentina’s wetlands could restore the health of an entire ecosystem. But inducing five felines with troubled pasts to hunt, and mate, is not easy.

#amazon-jungle, #animals, #argentina, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #jaguars, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #south-america, #tompkins-douglas-1943, #wetlands

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Helen Macdonald Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of the Natural World

“Vesper Flights” is a collection of essays exploring the connection between humans and the world at large.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #birds, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #falcons, #hawks-birds, #macdonald-helen-author, #vesper-flights-book

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It’s Always the Summer of the Shark

Even during a pandemic, we cannot get the white shark out of our minds. Despite the rare attack, experts say humans have little to fear.

#animal-behavior, #beaches, #benchley-peter, #california, #california-state-university-long-beach, #cape-cod-mass, #capuzzo-michael, #conservation-of-resources, #east-coast-us, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #sharks, #surfing, #swimming

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When Bugs Crawl Up the Food Chain

We usually think of insects as meals for vertebrates such as frogs. But arthropods may turn the tables more often than you think.

#animal-behavior, #beetles, #conservation-of-resources, #frogs, #global-ecology-and-biogeography-journal, #hunting-and-trapping, #insects, #research, #spiders, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Why Chimp Moms Flock to Caves on the Savanna

When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.

#breastfeeding, #caves-and-caverns, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #heatstroke, #international-journal-of-primatology, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #senegal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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It’s Trump Jr. vs. Trump Sr. Over an Alaskan Mineral Mine

The move toward opening the Pebble Mine has surfaced a rare dispute between Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s administration.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #ayers-nick-1982, #bristol-bay-alaska, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #fishing-commercial, #fishing-sport, #mines-and-mining, #pebble-limited-partnership, #pebble-mine, #salmon, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Through the Russian Wilderness in Search of the World’s Largest Owl

In “Owls of the Eastern Ice,” Jonathan Slaght recounts his quest to track down the elusive Blakiston’s fish owl, a journey that will push him to the edge of endurance.

#books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #owls, #owls-of-the-eastern-ice-a-quest-to-find-and-save-the-worlds-largest-owl-book, #slaght-jonathan-c

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California’s ‘Bear Whisperer’ Is Out of a Job

Steve Searles kept the bears in check in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but quit his post after the coronavirus epidemic led to cuts in the town’s budget.

#bears, #budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #conservation-of-resources, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mammoth-lakes-calif, #searles-steve, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Scientists Accidentally Bred the Fish Version of a Liger

American paddlefish and Russian sturgeon were not supposed to be able to create hybrid offspring. Surprise!

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #genes-journal, #hungary, #reproduction-biological, #research, #sturgeon-fish, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Myanmar Plan to Breed Protected Species in Captivity Draws Criticism

Myanmar’s conservation ministry is considering captive breeding of as many as 175 threatened species, including tigers, Irrawaddy dolphins and rare birds that exist only in the wild.

#breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #myanmar, #pangolins, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Grizzly Bears Around Yellowstone Can Stay on Endangered Species List, Court Rules

The decision by a federal appeals court protects about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from being hunted.

#bears, #conservation-of-resources, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #yellowstone-national-park

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365 Elephants Died in Botswana. The Cause Is a Mystery

Some conservationists say the recent die-off in Botswana could be natural, but others expressed more concern.

#animal-behavior, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #poisoning-and-poisons, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, the state is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

#animals, #appalachian-region, #coal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #kentucky, #land-use-policies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #patton-paul-e, #your-feed-science

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They Wanted You to Bet on Sharks. The Odds Were Not in Their Favor.

Gambling on shark migration patterns could raise awareness, some experts say. But it could also fuel the animals’ reputation as mere entertainment.

#animal-migration, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservation-of-resources, #fischer-chris-marine-researcher, #gambling, #mybookie-sportsbook, #ocearch, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Return of the Platypuses

Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.

#animals, #canberra-australia, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #platypus, #sydney-australia, #wildfires, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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What’s Killing Jaguars in Central and South America?

Poaching of the big cats is on the rise, and a new study links their slaughter to corruption as well as investment from Chinese companies.

#belize, #bolivia, #brazil, #central-america, #china, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jaguars, #morcatty-thais, #nijman-vincent, #poaching-wildlife, #research, #south-america, #suriname, #your-feed-science

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With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track and Save Wildlife

Using tiny sensors and equipment aboard the space station, a project called ICARUS seeks to revolutionize animal tracking.

#animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #animals, #biodiversity, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-space-station, #mobile-applications, #poaching-wildlife, #research, #sensors, #space-and-astronomy, #wikelski-martin, #your-feed-science

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Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report

Five hundred species are likely to become extinct over the next two decades, according to a new study.

#animals, #biodiversity, #ceballos-gerardo, #conservation-of-resources, #ehrlich-paul-r, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #missouri-botanical-garden, #national-autonomous-university, #population, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #your-feed-science

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The Ghost Dogs of the Amazon Get a Bit Less Mysterious

Scientists have produced data that shows the range of an enigmatic short-eared canid species that has yet to be widely studied.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #conservation-of-resources, #dogs, #research, #rocha-daniel-gomes, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-science

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India Sees Coronavirus Threat to Fragile Population: Tigers

The country is home to most of the world’s wild tigers, and wildlife authorities announced steps to protect them.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #india, #national-tiger-conservation-authority-india, #tigers, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

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When You Need a Break From Beans, Crab on Toast Is the Answer

After my wife and I both lost our jobs, we diligently conserved our resources — until we didn’t. Then a splurge brought us back to life.

#conservation-of-resources, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #crabs, #recipes, #unemployment

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Why Aren’t We Excited About Earth Day Anymore?

Three organizers from the first event in 1970 remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.

#air-pollution, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #clean-air-act, #clean-water-act, #colleges-and-universities, #conservation-of-resources, #earth, #earth-day, #education-k-12, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hudson-river, #law-and-legislation, #united-automobile-workers, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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A Bridge for Tamarins

One of the world’s most spectacular primates has become a symbol of conservation in Brazil, where an overpass is being built over a major highway to keep the species going.

#brazil, #conservation-of-resources, #forests-and-forestry, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Poachers Kill More Rhinos as Coronavirus Halts Tourism to Africa

Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic.

#botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #poaching-wildlife, #rhinoceroses, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #your-feed-science

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