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

Earthworm (Photo by Eitan F/Wikimedia Commons)

Earthworm (Photo by Eitan F/Wikimedia Commons)

April 8, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo

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 April 4, 2016:

Inching toward destruction

The reputation of the humble earthworm as a garden’s best friend may be tarnished by a hidden hunger. Despite being a regular in Canadian soil, new evidence shows the non-native, invasive worm could be detrimental to forest ecosystems, especially for small-seeded species such as white and yellow birch.

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White-nose Sydrome moving toward Canada's west wing

The white fungus infecting bat species across North America has now killed more than five to seven million bats, according to scientists. Spreading at an extraordinary 300 kilometres per year and with no known cure, this disease poses a serious threat to Canadian bat species as it continues to move west.

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Cloudy skies paint a clear picture for scientists

Scientists from the University at Buffalo and Yale University are uncovering an effective way to locate species: cloudy skies. By analysing types of cloud cover scientists can pinpoint the boundaries of ecosystems, locating an area where a threatened or at risk species may reside.

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A picture worth a thousand miles

Photography is a truly magical thing. By simply looking at an image someone living in chilly Canada can be transported to a different place, such as the warm forest in Batang Gadis national park in north Sumatra, Indonesia. This week The Guardian takes you on a photographic round-trip journey of the natural world.

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Hatching new technology to save vultures

Wildlife researchers are taking new steps to help save the dwindling vulture population. The International Centre for Birds of Prey is utilizing 3-D eggs with sensors to help better understand the breeding habits of these birds in South Asia. And you thought your smart phone was impressive!

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

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