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February roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, Wikimedia Commons)

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in February 2020. Down but not out Madagascar...

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The race against rats: The most successful invasive species in the world

Brown rat (Photo by Dunpharlain, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Brown rat (Photo by Dunpharlain, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Everyone has a rat story, except for, maybe, Albertans (the lucky ones); I’ll explain why in a bit. In Hong Kong, where I grew up, rats and mice were collectively called lo shu in Cantonese. The term was probably tossed around by parents to...

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Tracing the roots of invasive species

A murmuration of starlings (Photo by John Holmes, Wikimedia Commons)

A murmuration of starlings (Photo by John Holmes, Wikimedia Commons)

In the media world of conservation, there seems to be no shortage of news on invasive species — plants, animals and organisms that were introduced (accidentally or deliberately) to an area outside of their native range and where their...

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Perfectly perfect perfection...not!

Seeding the field in one of the few not so “slurpy” spots. (Photo by NCC)

Seeding the field in one of the few not so “slurpy” spots. (Photo by NCC)

Imagine the perfect day in the field. A day where the sky is clear and blue. The sun is warm, but not too warm. A cool breeze wisps across your face, leaving you feeling refreshed and comfortable. The birds are singing, and the butterflies are...

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Not to be outfoxed

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Back in 2017, I wrote a blog detailing my ongoing quest to find a swift fox in the wild. A little over two years later, I thought I would provide an update. Since December 2017, I have continued to spend a substantial amount of time wandering the...

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You think your relatives are wild? Take a look at nature’s own families

Red colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. Endemic to Zanzibar (Photo by Olivier Lejade, Wikimedia Commons)

Red colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. Endemic to Zanzibar (Photo by Olivier Lejade, Wikimedia Commons)

With Family Day on the doorstep, what better way to share facts about animals with interesting social structures than with your own tribe? Monkeys have strong family dynamics. Like humans, they spend their lives in large communities or social...

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