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

Musquash Estuary coast, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Musquash Estuary coast, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

March 25, 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 March 21, 2016:

By the numbers: Water in Canada

In case you missed it, it was World Water Day on March 22.  We have all the reasons to celebrate this life-sustaining resource! For one, Canada is home to seven percent of the world’s total renewable freshwater. But did you know Canadians use on average 251 litres of freshwater per person per day?

Check out more water by the numbers facts here >

Wild bison return to Europe after a century

Extinct in the wild since 1919, the European bison is making a comeback with reintroduction efforts in the Netherlands. More than just putting species back, the project aims to allow natural processes to take hold once again with the ultimate goal of, “making nature a normal part of modern Europe.”

Read about the project here >

Ecuador creates Galápagos marine sanctuary to protect sharks

A dream come true for the shark community: 38,000 square kilometres of waters in the Galápagos Islands have been designated a marine sanctuary, protecting the largest concentration of sharks in the world; including species like whale shark, along with a plethora of marine species.

Dive in and learn more about this biodiversity hotspot >

Posture and waggle control butterfly flight

Turns out mother was right: posture matters, not just for humans but butterflies too! Scientists are now able to capture high-speed videos of orange oakleaf butterflies in free flight. Their body angle adjusted to tiny wind currents has a lot to do with how these insects maneuver through the air. Researchers can use the butterfly’s flight as a model for human applications.

Read the story and watch the video here >

Is this supercute rodent extinct or just hiding?

Merely six decades ago, the Morro Bay Kangaroo rat was not all that rare; until the majority of its habitat was paved over for development. It’s been 30 years since the rodent was seen in the wild. So has it gone incognito or is it gone forever? The search is still out, as scientists follow scarce leads suggesting their presence.

See the detective work done to find this supercute rodent >

Wendy Ho (Photo by NCC)

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

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