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 discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of August 22, 2016:
Hope for endangered burrowing owl populations in Alberta
Officials from the Calgary Zoo, the Canadian Wildlife Service and Alberta Environment and Parks announced they will be caring for 15 young owlets at the zoo, later to be released back in the wild to breed in spring 2017. An initiative aiming to protect young owlets due to migration challenges, this program addresses the low migration return rates and has been successful so far.
Conservation authorities invite you to Pokémon Go to your heart's desire
Without a doubt Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm now. Many conservation authorities in Ontario are using the mobile game's platform to attract players to their natural spaces, in order to spark to a greater appreciation for nature and conservation areas while doing so.
100 years of the National Park Service, 100 years of magic
For many of us, visiting national parks with family and friends growing up solidified our affinities for nature. For Mark Woods, it brings back fond memories of visiting national parks with his mom before her cance diagnosis. Author of Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks, Woods embarked on a yearlong journey in national parks across the United States to reconnect with his past.
Biodiversity hotspot lives within a footprint
Researchers from Germany's University of Koblenz-Landau have discovered that one elephant footprint in the forests of Uganda can provide microhabitats for at least 61 different microinvertebrate species. Ranging from tadpoles to backswimmers, the phrase, "elephants are ecosystem engineers" is more than an alliteration; it's a fact.
Electricity: the hero behind controlling invasive sea lampreys
Sea Lamprey, an invasive species threatening the Great Lakes, can be controlled by electricity, as scientists recently discovered. With an electricial current set up, the chance of capturing a lamprey is now 75 per cent, compared to 50 per cent without electricity. Lamprey's can eat up to 45 million kilograms of fish throughout the Great Lakes at one time, so the discovery of a better control mechanism is very promising.