The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)

Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)

April 22, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of April 18, 2016:

Wilbur's warty relatives

A PhD candidate at the University of Alberta has helped a team of researchers calculate the population of the rare Bawean warty pig. Characterized by the giant warts on their faces, these pigs are a welcome sight to conservationists as the species is extremely rare.

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Fish on the run

An Atlantic salmon was recently confirmed to have been caught in a very usual location. Usually residing in Canada’s eastern area, this fish (caught in 2012) has been found swimming in northwestern waters. This confirms what fishermen have been claiming for years: Atlantic salmon do swim north of the Arctic Circle.

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Conservation's comeback kid

For the first time in a century, the normally dwindling global tiger population is now on the rise. It is estimated 3,890 are roaming the wild, a number up 22 per cent from a 2010 tally.

Read about what conservationists are calling a positive pounce for the species >

Global warming welcomed by BC trees

As the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase, so is the growth of BC forests. According to a new study from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, rising CO2 levels have created a “fertilization effect,” causing trees to grow one to three per cent faster each year.

Get growing here >

Anglers to allow fish to just keep swimming

This year anglers fishing for Atlantic salmon in the Maritimes won’t be collecting any trophies. Since 2015, Atlantic waters have retained a federally instated catch-and-release policy to maintain the already extremely low population on the species.

Reel in more here >

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

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