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

Sperm whale (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Sperm whale (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

January 31, 2017 | by Raechel Bonomo | 0 Comments

For 2017, the Land Lines team at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) decided to forgo our usual weekly roundup in favour of a monthly compilation of the best nature and conservation stories floating around on the World Wide Web.

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 2017:

Major cities under cover   

Treepedia, a new and nifty interactive platform, allows users to view tree populations in 12 major cities across North America. Can you guess which Canadian city came out on top?

Take cover here >

A chilly game of Clue

Scientists are looking to solve the mystery of a neck vertebra found in Nunavut 150 years ago. What creature could it have been from?

Search for more here >

Evolutionary outsider no more

An ancient ocean creature with a cone-shaped shell has finally earned its place on Earth’s tree of life since it was first discovered more than 175 years ago.

Shell out the details here >

A ruby in the rough

For the first time ever, scientists have recorded a glimpse of the rare ruby seadragon alive and well in Western Australia.

Feast your eyes on the prize here >

Water is thicker than blood

A research team has found that while mother and daughter whales are able to reproduce simultaneously, the latter is more likely of the two to become impregnated, possibly triggering menopause in older female whales.

Dive into the story here >

Connecting Canada

The former Trans Canada Trail, now the Great Trail, will be nearly 24,000 kilometres long and connect Canada’s three oceans when completed by the end of the year.

Learn more here >

Seal population swimming

The numbers are in and more than 2,300 grey seal pups were born at Blakeney Point reserve on the north Norfolk, England, coast this past November, an increase of one per cent from last year.

Seal the details here >

An inauguration worthy of a moth

U.S. President Donald Trump can add something new to his already interesting resumé: he now has a moth named after him.

Comb over to the story here >

A slice of fruit’s future

A genetically modified non-browning apple, first developed by a British Columbia man, will be hitting U.S. produce shelves next month.

Take a bite of the story here >

Big news, bigger otter

Scientists have uncovered fossils from a 6.2 million-year-old otter in southwestern China thought to be as large as a wolf.

Read more here >


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Raechel Bonomo is the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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