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. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught our attention the week of October 3, 2016:
California drought is "the new normal" according to Canadian researcher
University of California, Los Angeles professor and researcher, Glen MacDonald, believes California’s current drought resembles that of prehistoric nature. His recent project has allowed him and his team to paint an in-depth climatic picture of the state over the last 10,000 years.
Turns out even fish can’t stick to their diet. Despite what you may think, fish are not strictly piscivores; they may consume non-seafood if it happens to swim – or fly by. In recent studies, the digestive tracts of Pacific cod have shown fragments of bones and feathers from seabirds that have been washed into the water, or possibly hunted by the cods themselves.
Experts and forest officers have developed an extensive plan to preserve lion populations in India, starting with the land they roam. In order to protect these populations, there needs to be efficient conservation of lion territory, including community participation and stewardship of the land.
Putting a halt to the "Extinction Countdown"
New protections are in the works to help rehabilitate several endangered species after the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) this week. These fortifications are meant to limit cross-border sales of species such as pangolins, the heaviest trafficked animal on the planet.
Evolution in reverse
DYK? Penguins once knew how to how to fly. This "reverse evolution" is one of the many examples of species regressing or losing abilities they once possessed.