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

Cheetah and cubs (Photo by Charles J. Sharp)

Cheetah and cubs (Photo by Charles J. Sharp)

December 30, 2016 | by Adam Hunter | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of December 26, 2016:

The early bird gets the worm

Migratory bird species are showing up at their summer breeding grounds approximately a day earlier per degree of rising world temperatures. Long-distance migrants that arrive after other birds could lose out on key resources, including food and nesting sites. 

Migrate to the story here >

Who needs GPS when you’re magnetic?

Scientists have discovered that cardinal fish larvae can follow the direction of a magnetic field, helping to explain how most of them successfully return to where they were born.

Orient yourself to the story here >

The planet’s quickest land animal races against extinction

Just 7,000 wild cheetahs remain on Earth, according to research published by the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S.

Race to the story here >

Dawn of the dead sea creatures

In the past few weeks, thousands of dead marine animals, including herring, starfish, lobster, clams, crabs and scallops, have washed up on beaches along Nova Scotia’s coast. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans seeks answers.

Swim to the story here >

#BestSpots Twitter competition unveils spots’ adaptive purpose

Scientists across the globe have been tweeting pictures of their favourite spotted animals, generating talk about the adaptive role of spots.

Spot the story here >

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Adam Hunter Adam became part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s team in October 2016.

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