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

Snow leopard (Photo by Eric Kilby/Wikimedia Commons)

Snow leopard (Photo by Eric Kilby/Wikimedia Commons)

September 30, 2017 | by Adam Hunter

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 September 2017:

Slow eyes make for fast flies

Scientists have discovered why flies are so difficult to swat, and it has to do with them seeing in slow motion.

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What’s rare, white and tall all over?

While herding animals, a Kenyan man came across extremely rare white giraffes.

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Cave-dwelling fish turn a blind eye to diabetes-like symptoms

Eyeless fish inhabiting Mexican caves live with diabetes-like symptoms as a result of extreme nutrient-to-energy conversion strategies. 

Swim to the story here >

A hike a day keeps the doctor away

More doctors have been prescribing walks through parks to patients suffering from both physical and mental health problems.

Stroll to the story here >

World’s fastest sharks quickly dying out  

Using satellite tracking, researchers have discovered that shortfin mako shark death rates from fishing are 10 times higher than actually reported by fisherman.

Fish for the story here >

A shocking discovery

To measure the amount of electricity an electric eel produces, a brave biologist had one shock his own arm.

Jolt to the story here >

Painting with genes

Butterfly researchers in the U.S. claim to have figured out the initial stages of a gene-editing technique that may enable them to design living butterfly wings.  

Flutter to the story here >

This means war

Many Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish species with a painful and potentially lethal sting, have been appearing on beaches in England.

Wash up to the story here >

Lights out

China’s fireflies may face extinction due to overharvesting by humans for special occasions.

Illuminate the story here >

Endangered “snow” more

The snow leopard has gone from being classified as endangered to vulnerable — an improvement of its conservation status.

Spot the story here >


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Adam Hunter was the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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