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

Goldenrod (Photo by Liz West, Wikimedia Commons)

Goldenrod (Photo by Liz West, Wikimedia Commons)

February 5, 2016 | by Wendy Ho | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This year, we're launching a new feature on Land Lines to connect you with some of those stories: the Friday Five, a weekly roundup of the top conservation and nature stories from around the globe.

Here are five stories that caught our attention the week of February 1, 2016:

Great Bear Rainforest agreement creates “a gift to the world”

Canadians and nature lovers worldwide have all the reasons to celebrate this week. With the announcement of permanent protection for the Great Bear Rainforest, 85 per cent of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest is now secured in perpetuity.

Read the full article here >

German forest ranger finds that trees have social networks, too

Can trees “talk” and even nurse one another through an underground “Wood Wide Web?” Forest Ranger Peter Wohlleben is reigniting the appreciation for Germany's forests through vivid and imaginative language in his popular book The Hidden Life of Trees, and is making headways with his alternate approaches to forestry.

Read about Mr. Wohlleben's story here >

Only known jaguar in U.S. filmed in rare video

It’s a ground-breaking week for big cats conservation. From lions found in an area of Africa where they were thought to be extinct, to the debut of a rare jaguar on camera, scientists are making discoveries with help of technology.

Learn about this discovery here >

The Venus flytrap can count past two

Not just two, but at least 60! Researchers are finding out how many triggers it takes to trip the trap and get the digestive juices flowing.

Find out just how the Venus flytrap can count here >

Dominant ant species significantly influence ecosystems

Researchers are taking a lesson from ants: one of the species’ resource consumption with implications on ecosystem stability/vulnerability. The study of species diversity in forests of Guiana and Borneo yield interesting results.

Read more >

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Wendy Ho is Nature Conservancy of Canada's editorial coordinator.

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