Wildlife and Nature

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Dolphins Spotted Riding Whales Off The Coast Of Hawaii

It's long been understood that dolphins and whales are incredibly intelligent, playful creatures. They regularly interact playfully with humans, and …

Zoology

Scientists have finally discovered why turtles have shells

Turtles

Appeals Court: Navy Sonar Must Better Protect Whales

Environmental groups are praising a federal appeals court decision that called for tighter restrictions on the U.S. Navy's use of sonar that harms whales and other marine life.<p>A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled unanimously late Friday that federal rules …

Whales

How baby wasps can save your tomatoes

Hornworm caterpillars ruin tomato plants, but look closely before killing one. Mother Nature may be on the job, and she's better at it.

Tomatoes

Canada’s Suspected ‘Moose Riders’ Have Been Charged with Harassing Wildlife

A viral video of a moose being hounded sparked a lengthy search for the perpetrators<p>Canadian conservation officials charged two men on Thursday under the Wildlife Act in connection with a YouTube video that went viral last year showing a man riding a moose across a lake in British Columbia.<p>The …

Canada

'In stressed times, we can take comfort in wildlife': why nature-writing is 'exploding'

Now in its third year, the Wainwright nature-writing prize has announced its shortlist, spotlighting what one judge called an “exploding” field, as more and more writers and readers are turning to this genre as a balm for the woes of modern life.<p>The contenders range from James Rebanks’s The …

Wildlife

Stop Trying To Rescue Baby Animals, Wildlife Officials Warn

Stop it.<p>Step away from the cute baby animal.<p>That’s the message wildlife officials are re-upping this week after continued instances of people “saving” newborn animals, only to cause more harm than good.<p>The issue has been particularly acute in the Pacific Northwest as harbor seals give birth to …

Wildlife

Growth in artificial lawns poses threat to British wildlife, conservationists warn

Environmentalists have warned that a growing trend to lay artificial lawns instead of real grass threatens the loss of wildlife and habitat across Britain.<p>From local authorities who purchase in bulk for use in street scaping, to primary schools for children’s play areas and in the gardens of …

Environment

Bornean orangutan, whale shark and widehead shark on verge of extinction

The Bornean orangutan has been placed on a critically endangered list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Whale sharks and a species of hammerhead shark are also now endangered.<p>Habitat loss and hunting threaten to wipe out the charismatic Bornean orangutan, a leading …

Whale Sharks

Fast-Swimming Swordfish Automatically Lubricate Themselves

Swordfish steaks frequently appear on menus and dinner plates around the world. But even though many people have hooked, hacked apart, and devoured these majestic fish, few truly understand their bodies. Indeed, until John Videler from Leiden & Groningen University started studying swordfish, no …

Swordfish

Mountain lion kittens make Santa Monica debut

Big Cats

Firefly Populations Are Blinking Out

Blink and you’ll miss them this summer. Around the world, people are reporting that local firefly populations are shrinking or even disappearing.<p>The …

Science

Rising seas could expand Hudson River estuaries - Conservation

Fourteen percent of the freshwater tidelands along the lower reaches of the Hudson River in New York will be lost to sea level rise by the end of the …

Conservation

What A Baby Puffin's Diet Tells Us About Its Future

It takes a special kind of fish diet to feed a growing Atlantic Puffin. A chick can eat more than 2,000 fish before leaving the nest, and they all …

8 Great Summer Birding Trails

<b>Maine Birding Trail</b><br>From waves lapping a rocky coastline to magnificent evergreen forests, Maine is a nature lover's perfect getaway. Within these …

Birdwatching

Blue-Eyed Ghost Bird Rises From The Grave

When ornithologist Rafael Bessa took the stage at the Brazilian Bird Watching Festival last month, he was ready to let go of a tightly guarded …

Why Don't Birds Need Sunscreen?

For a sandpiper at the beach, forgetting the sunscreen is no big deal. In a paper published in <i>eLife</i>, researchers found that birds, along with fish, …

Sunscreen

How to Photograph Birds With a Smartphone

Last year the most popular camera on the photo-sharing site Flickr was Apple’s iPhone. In fact, smartphones occupied 10 of the top 20 slots (and 8 of …

Elusive Algonquin wolf is officially a threatened species

MUSKOKA – If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an Algonquin wolf, the experience will be surreal and brief, especially now the species is …

Endangered Species

Randy bandicoots good to go

Conservation workers have reintroduced the southern brown bandicoot to Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay, where they have not been seen for …

Endangered Species

New Little ‘Dear’ for the Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo excitedly announced the first Orangutan birth for the <i>Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center</i>. The female Sumatran Orangutan …

Rocket Man Touches Down at Sacramento Zoo

Shani, a six-year-old Masai Giraffe at the Sacramento Zoo, gave birth to a healthy 163-pound male calf on April 10.<p>The healthy calf has been given …

Snow Leopard Triplets Hit the Spot

For the first time in Akron Zoo’s history, a set of Snow Leopard triplets was born at the zoo. The three cubs, one female and two males, were born …

Cute

New Joey ‘Gliding’ Into Hearts at Taronga Zoo

He may be small enough to climb along a keeper’s arm, but Taronga Zoo’s newest Yellow-bellied Glider joey is preparing to play a big role in …

Cute

Baby Frogs Have a Super-Speedy Way to Escape Snakes

How does a frog save itself when it hasn’t even been born?<p>Every red-eyed tree frog must confront this dilemma. The frogs lay their eggs on plants that lie over ponds. After a week, the tadpoles hatch and drop into the water—at least in theory. In practice, many of the defenceless, immobile, …

Frogs

How One Rescued Florida Panther is Everybody’s Florida Panther

Video: Diane Randolph –Video<br>Photographs: Janet Molchan and Ron Magill<p><i>A rescued 30-month-old Florida panther is an ambassador for her species and its disappearing natural habitat.</i><p>Stunning. Beguiling. Kittenish. Endangered. All of these words describe a young orphaned, rescued, non-releasable female …

Florida

Abyssinian Owl Remains Elusive Amidst Beauty and Hardship on Mt Kenya

Mount Kenya is equal parts beautiful and brutal. Amidst the moorlands, Lobelias rise like skyscrapers, and lacking competition from the other odd-ball assortment of plants in this “Planet of the Apes” landscape, they protrude like beacons marking your slow progress one agonizing step at a time.<p>At …

Africa

Becoming Naturalists at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

At the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in East Freeport, Florida, children are learning about nature by experiencing it firsthand.<p>Developed by Walton County conservationist M.C. Davis in 2009, the Center sits on the 50,000-acre Nokuse Plantation. Paul Arthur, president of Nokuse Education Inc. and …

Education

You Can Help Make Maps for Science (No Experience Needed!)

With no scientific training, and no clue about cartography, you can help map stuff for science. Lately the opportunities to lend a lay-hand with research seem to be everywhere, and more and more of them involve a mapping component.<p>This year the results of several citizen-aided science projects hit …

Maps