The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
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.
Who needs GPS when you’re magnetic?
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.
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.
#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.