December roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
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 December 2017:
Researchers have witnessed Bornean orangutans munching on a plant’s leaves to create an anti-inflammatory lather that they later apply to their skin.
The fall of the wild?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently classified several modern crop relatives as threatened.
Dining in the deep
After decades of filming on the ocean floor off the coast of California, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have unveiled countless deep sea feeding habits.
A recent study reveals that the Calabar burrowing python has the thickest skin of any snake species on the planet ― 15 times thicker than a typical snake.
Shedding light on a new threat to pollinators
According to a recent study, artificial light draws night-time insect pollinators away from plants, preventing them from being pollinated.
Walking with no tail between its legs
Leopard geckos alter their walk to make up for losing their detachable tails during escape attempts.
Blue may become the new gold
A University of Manitoba study shows that golden-winged warblers are mating with blue-winged warblers, a phenomenon that may eventually result in the disappearance of golden-winged warblers.
Count me in!
Australian conservationists are depending on the public to help them with Australia’s frog count by using the FrogID app to record and upload frog calls.
Leave it to beavers
Beavers, whose populations have been expanding northward, are forming ponds in the Arctic that could destroy permafrost, which keeps the landscape intact.