December roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Golden-winged warbler (Photo by Marshall Faintich)

Golden-winged warbler (Photo by Marshall Faintich)

December 29, 2017 | 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 December 2017:

Animal herbalists

Researchers have witnessed Bornean orangutans munching on a plant’s leaves to create an anti-inflammatory lather that they later apply to their skin.

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The fall of the wild?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently classified several modern crop relatives as threatened.

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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.

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Puncture-proof python

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.

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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.

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Walking with no tail between its legs

Leopard geckos alter their walk to make up for losing their detachable tails during escape attempts.

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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.

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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.

Hop to the story here >

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.

Flood yourself with the story here >

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

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