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 September 19, 2016:
The WALL•E effect: Out of this world cuteness
Much like pets, spacecraft and drones alike have become fondly known by their given names. This wave of "cuteness culture," on the rise since the '90s, has made its way into galaxies far, far way. The Mars rover, fondly named Phoenix, even has its own Twitter account, riddled with tweets personifying the loveable robot.
Diving deep into the unknown
The darker the ocean, the deeper the secrets. Scientists aboard the three-man submarine Pisces V discovered a 13,000–foot extinct volcano at the bottom of the ocean. This was this first time any human has laid eyes on Cook seamount, an underwater volcano erupting with marine life.
The more, the merrier when it comes to flooded fields
According a long-term biodiversity study in central Germany, fields with a single species growing in them are less likely to survive the effects of flooding than multi-species fields. This discovery may impact the way we grow crops in grasslands.
Oh deer: Animal-vehicle collisions a concern for conservation and California
The collision rates of deer and vehicles have reached an all-time high in California. According to researchers, approximately 50,000 deer are hit by vehicles every year in the Sunshine State, with most accidents occurring in the fall. This is not only a concern for humans and the species — it’s costing California more than $200 million each year.
No bats? No tequila
Bats are great for so many reasons. They not only consume pesky mosquitoes and crop-destroying insects, they help with the production of Mexican tequila! The lesser long-nosed bat is known to pollinate blue agave, a cactus-like plant from which the alcoholic beverage is created.