Armchair Naturalist

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The Guardian |  April 20, 2020 Thailand has discovered the largest number of nests of rare leatherback sea turtles in two decades on beaches bereft of tourists because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leatherbacks are the world’s largest sea turtles. They are considered endangered in Thailand, and listed as a vulnerable species globally by the International...
MNN |  March 19, 2020 Without guests in the building, caretakers at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals — introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors including “field trips” for some penguins at...
WWF|  March 5, 2020 As part of an expedition to the Marianas Trench, the deepest trench in the world at 11,034 meters (36,201 feet) deep, in 2014, a team of scientists discovered a new species. Located about 6,900 meters below the ocean surface, one particular new specimen of crustacean was alarmingly already polluted with plastic before it...
Guardian |  May 11, 2020 Located on New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Tiritiri Matang has been a protected nature reserve for the past 35 years. The island was solid kelp forest with beautiful ecklonia, and crayfish bristling out of every crevice. But now, the kelp and the crays are almost gone. The bare rock is overgrazed...
MNN |  February 24, 20120 In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The births are the result of careful planning and innovative medical expertise through a partnership between the Columbus Zoo, the Smithsonian’s National...
Focusing on Wildlife|  February 25, 2020 The recent fires in Australia resulted in the death of over one billion animals, with one-third of koalas killed. Scientists estimate there are 113 animal species in need of urgent help. The Australian government made a provisional list of the animals stating that they need “urgent management intervention” to...
MNN |  February 25, 2020 French photographer Greg Lecoeur is this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year, winning with an image called “Frozen Mobile Home” that features a group of crabeater seals swirling gracefully around an iceberg in Antarctica. Since 1965, the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards have been focused on this fascinating underwater realm. The...
Focusing on Wildlife|  February 25, 2020 Millions of birds across the United States, including bald eagles, are poisoned by lead every year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. The problem is an overall US problem. The lead poisoning increases during deer season but occurs all year. Experts believe the only solution is to educate hunters...
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....