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

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

April 1, 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 March 28, 2016:

A whale of a protector

An undersea glider is working to keep waterways clear and collision-free off the coast of Vancouver Island. Whenever a whale is in busy shipping lanes the glider will send a signal to any nearby boats, allowing them to change their route to avoid accidents.

Helping keep Willy out of the way >

Not your average unicorn

Who says unicorns aren’t real? New research proves modern humans and the Siberian unicorn may have co-existed 2.5 million years ago. Resembling more of a hairy rhinoceros than a horse, they differ quite a bit from their typical fairytale depictions.

Read more here >

Sharing is more than caring; it can save lives

According to biologists, we are living through the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals on Earth. By sharing the planet equally, humans could help save 80 to 90 per cent of species, according to renowned biologist E.O. Wilson in his latest book.

Move over for a species >

The swoop on Canada's high-flying exterminators

Swallows have dissipated from their natural Canadian ranges, leaving skies once filled with flying insects now empty. They join a growing list of bug-eating birds who have disappeared without a trace.

The hard to swallow truth here >

These fins were made for walking

A fish discovered in Thailand may seem very similar to your pet goldfish; except for the fact that it can walk. The blind, waterfall-climbing cavefish uses its two back fins like feet to push itself up steep rocks — similar to a salamander.

Walk this way >

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

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