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The Guardian|  February 4, 2020 A survey of firefly experts from around the world found that habitat loss is considered the heaviest pressure on the insects. The greatest threats to fireflies were identified as pesticide spraying and the use of artificial lights at night. On top of their incandescent beauty, fireflies are considered important in...
EurekaAlert |  February 4, 2020 A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has found that, even though they are inanimate objects, sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other. Using an experimental dune ‘racetrack’, the researchers observed that two identical dunes start out close together, but over time they get further and further apart....
MNN |  February 4, 2020 Newcastle University researcher Ben Burville captured a wild grey seal “clapping” on camera for the first time. Previously, researchers believed the noise to be a vocal sound, similar to the calls and whistles that other marine mammals produce. But the video provides evidence that wild grey seals produce the sound,...
World Wildlife Fund |  February 7, 2020 With an increase in connectivity and ease of sharing content around the world, the  Internet has contributed to increased illegal trade and trafficking of pangolins.  An estimated 1 million pangolins were trafficked in the last ten years, though this number may be conservative. According to the African Pangolin...
MNN |  February 6, 2020 Feeding your backyard birds can improve their health by protecting them from parasites, says a new study. Sarah Knutie, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, set up 200 nest boxes for eastern bluebirds and monitored all the nest boxes for bird eggs. As the...
POST |  February 4, 2020 An adorable video of a coyote and badger walking off together in a culvert went viral after being shared on social media. The video, from the nonprofit Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), was created as part of a three-year study POST took on with partners at Pathways for Wildlife to...
Guardian |  February 4, 2020 The mayor of the city of Bristol Marvin Rees, along with leaders from local organizations, declared an ecological emergency in the city. The city council said some bird species such as swifts and starlings had almost entirely vanished from Bristol. As in many cities and towns across the UK, there...
Smithsonian  |  January 28, 2020 Though once abundant in India, the cheetah had been declared extinct in the country by the mid-20th century due to threats including habitat destruction and overhunting. But now the country’s supreme court has ruled that cheetahs can be reintroduced to the country on an experimental basis, approving a plan that...
MNN |  January 3, 2020 A new form of celestial lights has just been discovered by amateur stargazers. The lights, which some are calling them “sky dunes,” have been described behaving like sand dunes in the way the shimmering neon braids ripple and flow across the sky. All auroras (including the southern variety) are formed...
MNN |  January 30, 2020 During a short break from working the fires, members of the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force of the 9th Brigade of the Australian Army used their time off last week to visit Cleland Wildlife Park to help feed koalas displaced by the fires in South Australia. The men and women from the...