October 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 October 2017:
They vant to suck your blood!
Discover the real vampires of the animal kingdom.
Not to be taken lightly
In addition to remembering the victims of 9/11, Manhattan’s annual “Tribute in Light Memorial” is an opportunity for scientists to research how artificial lights impact birds at night.
Unpleasant news for pheasants
Of all bird species in the UK, pheasants are the most likely to become road kill.
Brace yourself for the octobots
Scientists have developed synthetic octopus skin, which is capable of transforming from a smooth, two-dimensional surface to a three-dimensional, rough one.
BC orcas in need of a restraining order
By next spring, new regulations will prevent boats from coming within 200 metres of southern resident orcas in Canadian waters.
The globe half-full
With climate change and biodiversity loss increasing, the notion of reserving half of the Earth for nature conservation is becoming increasingly appealing.
Real-life Noah’s Ark
As a result of Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami, scientists have found 237 species on North America’s west coast that hitchiked across the ocean on floating debris.
A star makes a comeback
Thanks to rigorous conservation efforts, the Burmese star tortoise is no longer on the brink of extinction.
Nature’s escape artists
Learn how kangaroo rats get away from rattlesnakes.