The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Plains bison calves, Old Man on His Back, SK (Photo by Don Getty)

Plains bison calves, Old Man on His Back, SK (Photo by Don Getty)

May 6, 2016 | by Wendy Ho

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of May 2, 2016:

Animal mothers remind us a lot of our own

Moms really pour their lives out for their kids. The editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine's recent book, Amazing Moms: Love and Lessons from the Animal Kingdom, discusses how caregivers in non-human species (including biological mothers and the members of the herd) are important role models in the developmenet of their young.

Read about motherhood in the wild >

Wildlife "whisperer" trains wolverines for mountain rescue

There may soon be one more species to add to the list of service animals: wolverines. The Kroschel Wildlife Center, situated in Alaska, has been training these super sniffer and digger members of the weasel family to conduct search and rescue missions. Turns out they are not only trainable, but they also learn five times faster than dogs.

Watch how the wolverine performs a rescue >

Palau's Jellyfish Lake is running out of jellyfish

The free-swimming tentlacled spectacles at Jellyfish Lake have all but disappeared, leaving eager tourists disappointed and scientists puzzled. Since March this year, the golden jellyfish population at the lake took a steep dive, from an average of eight million to 600,000.

Read about the crashing jellies >

Ghosts and tiny treasures

In the face of extinction and extirpation, how can we get behind the conservation of species that may not be so charismatic — such as the endangered, but often overlooked, Poweshiek skipperling? The author of this post discusses why he belives we need to develop "a measured passion and a broader caring for wildlife beyond the charismatic."

Read the essay here >

Study asks kids to choose wildlife conservation priorities

"If wildlife conservation's goal is to protect species for future generations, shouldn't we get kids involved?" asks a researcher conducting a study on evaluating species preference among children. The results show the priorities set by elementary school students are very similar to those of biologists.

Read about the encouraging results >

Wendy Ho (Photo by NCC)

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Wendy Ho is Nature Conservancy of Canada's editorial coordinator.

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