August roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Eastern loggerhead shrike (Photo by Dave Menke, courtesy of USFWS)

Eastern loggerhead shrike (Photo by Dave Menke, courtesy of USFWS)

August 31, 2018 | 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 August 2018:

A little bird told me

Scientists in Australia discovered that a bird called the fairy wren could learn another “language” through eavesdropping on other neighbouring birds. 

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Shedding light on glowing fireworms

Researchers have figured out how Bermuda fireworms make themselves glow during mating season.

Illuminate the story >

Fallen sea stars

Following a massive sunflower sea star die-off off the coast of British Columbia, scientists concluded that these animals are vital to the health of BC’s kelp forests.

Dive into the story >

News to “shrike” up a conversation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada recently acquired 78 acres (31 hectares) of critical eastern loggerhead shrike habitat north of Napanee, Ontario.

Conserve the story >

Scared to life

Learn how conservationists use scare tactics and behaviour modification to help save wildlife species.

Embrace your fears here >

A “hare-y” situation

New research shows that the number of mountain hares inhabiting Scotland’s eastern Highlands has dropped to less than one per cent of their numbers in the 1950s.

Hop to the story >

Planet of the plants

Scientists have discovered that plants are the most abundant life form on the planet in terms of biomass.

Grow into the story >

From parented to parent in just two weeks

Czech scientists recently reported that the African annual fish reaches sexual maturity in just two weeks the fastest of any vertebrate.

Give birth to the story >

A grand addition

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired the final privately owned property inside the Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary in New Brunswick.

Migrate to the story >

Tea time

Two new tea plant species have been discovered in a conservation area in central Vietnam.

Sip on the story >

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

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