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62 Military Bases are Being Turned Into Wildlife Reserves in Germany

Soon, some of Germany's previous no-go zones will become home to some of the region's threatened species. Germany's Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently announced that 76,600 acres of natural landscape is being added to the European Green Belt. This single contribution will add to …

Bundeswehr

“Hurry! They’re coming! Do you ever feel like your squirrels are up to no good? (Mark Moschell/Creative Commons) #squirrel #redsquirrel…”

Creative Commons

RAJU: celebrating one year with no tears

Raju’s 1st Anniversary

It’s been one year since we released Raju from his chains. You can read the story of his first year below, and you’ll also find …

India

WATCH: While On A Safari Ride, He Luckily Witnessed One Of The Most Rare Sights In Mother Nature…

While on safari in Kruger Park, some lucky visitors got an up-close-and-personal encounter with a pride of lions and their heart-meltingly cute lion …

Mother Nature

How far would you go for wildlife? About 30,000 miles if you’re Katharine and David Lowrie

Just as the Olympic starting gun resonated through the streets of London in July 2012, Katharine and David Lowrie braced themselves against a …

United Kingdom

Male Kangaroos' Arms Evolved to Pound the Crap out of Each Other - Inkfish

By Elizabeth Preston | July 3, 2015 7:15 am

When you look at a kangaroo or a wallaby, it’s obvious the animal is well built for bouncing around the …

Kangaroo

Orphaned Kangaroo Raised by Wallaby at Adelaide Zoo

In a world first for conservation, Adelaide Zoo Keepers and Veterinarians saved the life of an orphaned Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo, by utilizing a …

Kangaroo

See winning National Geographic nature photos snapped by kids

Photography stars as young as 9 get their winning images displayed at the Vice President's Residence in Washington, D.C.

You don't have to be all …

Outdoors

The Auklet's Whiskers—Not Just for Show

This story comes to you through a partnership between Audubon and BirdNote, a show that airs daily on public radio stations nationwide.

At dusk, in …

Dental Care

Shot peregrine falcon found in County Durham

Last modified: 02 July 2015

Durham police and the RSPB have launched an appeal for information after a peregrine falcon was found shot in Bishop …

England

5 Species Starved for Rain

5 Species Starved for RainBy Miranda Fox | Thursday, July 02, 2015 Monarch butterflies resting at Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, Calif. during …

Environmental Movement

Could human imagination save us from extinction?

If you wandered around planet Earth 100,000 years ago you would have come across at least half a dozen distinct species, or sub-species, of human. At least one, Homo erectus, centred around East Asia, lasted for nearly two million years. That makes the duration of us, recognisably modern Homo …

Extinction

Brazil's 'birdwatcher' who has been blind since birth

Uruguayan Juan Pablo Culasso, 29, has been blind since birth but he has become one of the best "birdwatchers" in South America.

His father encouraged him to play birdsong on the piano as a child and took him to a museum to feel their feathers.

Now Juan Pablo lives in Brazil and works professionally …

Brazil

The saw-whet (among N. America's smallest owl species) can prey on birds up to 4x their size! http://t.co/TGKqGmjZ9m

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 35 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 35 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

For Immediate Release

July …

Fish

Declare Your Independence From Plastic

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Last week my colleague Sara wrote a blog post introducing us to the idea of “Plastic Free July.” It inspired me to accept the challenge and declare …

Plastic

Why Do Seahorses Have Square Tails?

Scientists use a 3D printer and a hammer to find out

We’ve got a lot to learn from a seahorse’s tail. Unlike other animals, these fishes' tails are square, not round--a fundamental difference in shape that scientists believe could lead to new developments in medicine, robotics, and even defense.

In a …

Seahorse

90 minutes in nature really change the brain

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study finds that people who …

The Brain

Wildlife safety: what to do if you encounter a bear, coyote or cougar

Bears, coyotes, and cougars... oh my

We're so fortunate to live in such a beautiful province — with the ocean, lakes, mountains and forests — B.C. …

Wildlife

This 'Jesus lizard' once walked on Wyoming's tropical waters

About 48 million years ago, a distant relative of the "Jesus lizard," named for its knack for walking on water, darted around the tropical rainforests of ancient Wyoming, a new study finds.

The ancient lizard may have also performed the seemingly miraculous feat, though the researchers can't say for …

Zoology

Damselflies, Dragonflies and Unexpected Discoveries

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Damselfly—thin body, eyes set apart, wings held together while perching

I’ve got a new hideout. At least that’s what my son calls it—the natural area …

Sex-reversal observed in wild lizards for first time, global warming probably to blame

More worrisome is the fact that the offspring of the 'sex-reversal' female lizards were then born with a different genetic makeup.

Global Warming

neurosciencestuff: “Do Insect Societies Share Brain Power? The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain—and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other...

The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain—and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other vertebrate …

Insects

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally …

Binghamton Zoo Celebrates Arrival of New Porcupine

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, in New York, is proud to announce the arrival of a Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine. The porcupette was born on Father’s …

Porcupine

Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves …

Animal Behavior

Cactus Flowers: Mother Nature’s Fireworks

Did you know that cacti can bloom? Yes, those prickly green plants burst out some of the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen. For photographer Greg Krehel, these crazy cactus flowers have become an obsession.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always loved succulents and cacti. One year I ended up at a …

Flowers

Polar bears at risk of dying off if global warming not reversed: report

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

“The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft …

Climate Change