June 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 June 2018:
Great news, grizzlies
On World Environment Day (June 5), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) bought a land parcel near Fernie, BC, to protect important habitat for grizzly bears, elk and cutthroat trout.
Warding off enemies with anemones
Biodiversity researchers recently discovered five new blanket hermit crab species that wrap toxic sea anemones around themselves for protection against predators.
Burrowing her way to his heart
A field assistant with the Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery program found a wild female owl attempting to dig its way into a captive male’s enclosure.
Nature’s time capsules
Scientists have been extracting cores from coral reefs to learn more about the ocean’s natural history.
Sssooo long, sssuckers
A paper published on June 14 reveals the discovery of five new snake species that suck snails right from their shells.
Stick it to the bird
A team of scientists suggests that stick insects might benefit from being consumed by birds because they can use the birds as a means to scatter their eggs.
Toad of terror
Scientists have confirmed that the toxic, invasive Asian common toad will likely kill practically all of Madagascar's wildlife that tries to eat it.
Scientists have discovered that most of Africa’s largest and oldest baobab trees have mysteriously died over the past 12 years.
Read about a recent university graduate’s time spent living among and studying wild Gelada monkeys in Ethiopia.
A win for Whitefish
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced the protection of 48 hectares (120 acres) of wildlife corridor, including 2.5 kilometres of historic Rideau Waterway shoreline, on Ontario’s Whitefish Lake.