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

Otter making an astonished face (Photo © Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)

Otter making an astonished face (Photo © Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)

November 30, 2019 | by Wendy Ho

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 November 2019.

Smile! You’re on camera

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? The winning photographs from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards will have you rolling on the floor laughing.

Kick back to the story >

Still spooked

Darwin’s finches on some of the Galapagos islands still have a heightened antipredator response even though the threat was removed generations ago.

Fly to the story >

Dam! Beavers are useful

Beavers were hunted to extinction 400 years ago in the U.K., but scientists are now reintroducing these nature’s engineers to sustainably manage the landscape.

Paddle to the story here >

On preventing a grisly death

An early warning system aims to get grizzly bears, a threatened species in Alberta, off of train tracks and reduce fatal collisions in Banff National Park.

Sound off to the story here >

Tradition meets technology

Researchers are learning traditional techniques from Indigenous wildlife trackers and developing technology to identify animals by their footprints.

Trace the story here >

Deck the sea with blocks of reef balls

Environmentally friendly concrete reef blocks are being placed at the bottom of the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia to boost sea life.

Drop in to the story here >

An invasive dilemma

People in Florida have mixed feelings about how to control the invasive, almost likable, green iguanas roaming the state.

Strut to the story here >

Turtles arrive in style

Every year, female olive ridley sea turtles arrive en mass at Ostional, Costa Rica, to lay eggs. But a researcher who filmed the spectacle says their future is threatened by development and tourism.

Swim to the story here >

Nurture children with nature

A survey on children in primary school in the U.K. shows that nature and outdoor activities improve their well-being, motivation and confidence.

Hop to the story here >

Breeding hope

Researchers discovered a breeding site with 100 gharial hatchlings, one of the world’s most endangered reptiles, in Bardia National Park, Nepal.

Read about the discovery here >

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Wendy Ho is Nature Conservancy of Canada's editorial coordinator.

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