February 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 February 2018:
Diamondbacks in the rough
Scientists are trying to figure out what is causing major decreases in the number of diamondback terrapins (a turtle species) in New York City’s Jamaica Bay.
I don’t need a man to make it happen
Biologists discovered that the Amazon molly, an all-female fish species that reproduces through cloning, does not have any of the genetic weaknesses scientists once predicted.
Plenty of frogs…not exactly
Conservation scientists in Bolivia are searching far and wide for a mate for Romeo, likely one of the last remaining Sehuenecas water frogs in the world.
A huge case of mistaken identity
The ocean sunfish has lost its title of the planet’s largest bony fish after scientists discovered that the bump-head sunfish actually weighs more.
Dethroning the queen conch of the Bahamas
Biologists may have pinpointed the reasons behind a significant queen conch population decrease in two protected marine parks in the Bahamas.
Learn about the incredible talents of some starfish species, including the ability to see and glow in the dark.
Keep your fears caged away
Scientists have found that people who have gone cage diving with great white sharks develop a more favourable attitude towards sharks.
Beetles of mass destruction
According to a University of Alberta study, mountain pine beetles, an invasive species wreaking havoc on forests in Jasper National Park, are genetic hybrids with greater extermination resistance.
Let it grow, let it grow
The French government intends to allow France’s wolf population to increase by almost 40 per cent by 2023, an unpopular decision among livestock farmers.
Chile’s newest national treasure
The Chilean government has established a 10-million-acre national park system in Patagonia, an almost 40 per cent expansion to Chile’s national parklands.