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

Burrowing owls (Photo by Don and Karol Dabbs)

Burrowing owls (Photo by Don and Karol Dabbs)

August 26, 2016 | by Sophia Yang | 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 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.

Read more to see how this program will help young owl populations thrive overtime >

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.

Learn more about how conservation authorities are luring players to their parks >

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.

Check out the interview with Woods here >

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.

Learn more about elephants' impact on biodiversity >

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.

Read about the encouraging results >

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Sophia Yang was the 2016 summer communications intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s national office.

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