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

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

February 12, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of the top conservation and nature stories from around the globe.

Here are five stories that caught our attention the week of February 8, 2016:

An old bird can hatch a new chick, even at age 65

Who said you can't teach an old bird new tricks? Wisdom, a Laysan albatoss, is about to be a mother — for the 40th time. Meet the bird the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is calling "an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope."

Read about Wisdom here >

Slithering water vampires: The Great Lakes have never known a foe like the sea lamprey

They want to suck your blood...if you're a fish. Take a look at the vampires of the Great Lakes, and how the infamous sea lamprey made their way through our waters.

Learn more about this invasive species >

Why the swift fox is one of Canada's best wildlife recovery stories

In celebration of #FoxWeek, Canadian Geographic explored one of nature's greatest redemptions: the reintroduction of the swift fox. While the Nature Conservancy of Canada contributed to the reintroduction of the once-extirpated species on our Old Man on His Back property in Saskatchewan, efforts were made across the prairies to bring back the smallest fox species in North America.

Read about the little fox who could >

Horses can read human facial expressions, study suggests

Horses are now officially bilingual. In addition to neighing, horses are able to understand body language — specifically, human facial expressions.

Learn more about this study here >

El Niño could bring unusual birds to Canadian backyards

Get your binoculars ready! The wave of warm weather is bringing bird species outside their normal geographic range and to your yard. The temperature increase can advance spring migration, which is a problem when food is covered by snow. Keep an eye out for hungry mating birds at a feeder near you.

Read it here >

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Raechel Bonomo is the content creator/staff writer at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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