January 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 January 2018:
Birds set fire to the plains
Birds of prey, including whistling and black kites, have been intentionally setting fires to grasslands in northern Australia.
The silence of the boats
A recent study shows that boat noise-limiting regulations off British Columbia’s coast are helping endangered orcas.
Iguanas keep falling on my head
During a recent cold spell in Florida, iguanas across the state were falling out of trees because they were too cold to move.
Something to “bear” in mind, or the road to conservation success
A University of Alberta study indicates that some roads in western Canada need to be closed to improve declining grizzly bear populations.
Monkeys celebrating Movember year-round
Scientists have classified a moustached monkey found in Ethiopia and Sudan as a distinct species.
The Ontario government relocated a caribou herd on Michipoten Island, an island teeming with wolves, to the Slate Islands in the hopes that the mammals will be able to repopulate.
It’s blue (da ba dee da ba da)
While exploring the rainforests of Guyana, a herpetologist came across a bright blue tarantula — a species that is likely new to science.
Killing coral killers
To deal with a serious outbreak of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government has decided to kill them off to save the already threatened World Heritage Site.
Leviathan lily pads
Giant lily pads, which were listed as endangered back in 2006, have made a comeback in a Paraguay lagoon.
Who swim the world? Girls!
Climate change is causing an overwhelming majority of green sea turtles in the northern part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to be born female.