April roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

April 28, 2017 | by Adam Hunter

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in April 2017:

No fur, no oxygen, no problem!

Scientists recently discovered that naked mole rats can survive for up to 18 minutes without oxygen.

Breathe in the story here >

Pink Floyd’s newest member

To honour one of his favourite bands, a scientist has named a newly discovered shrimp species after Pink Floyd.

Rock out to the story here >

Lichenologists on a mission

A team of lichenologists may relocate a species of tree-covering lichen in coastal North Carolina to new habitat to save them from rising sea levels.

Relocate to the story here >

Shaken, not stirred 

Australian marine biologists have discovered that dolphins shake and toss octopi before eating them. 

Toss yourself to the story here >

Bee-ware of imports

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association warns against importing bees into the province, as out-of-province bees can pass fatal diseases onto local populations.

Get the buzz here >

Futuristic forests

To figure out how forests will deal with rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, researchers in England are testing trees by surrounding them with masts that release high levels of the greenhouse gas.

Read more here >  

The planet’s true first farmers

Believe it or not, humans weren’t the first species to farm — ants were. Researchers recently figured out how they became such crafty farmers.

Cultivate the story here >

Live long and prosper…with poop

Scientists have demonstrated that the lifespans of older fish can increase after eating microbes found in younger fishes’ feces.

Consume the story here >

Leading a high-carbon lifestyle

Did you know that whales, much like marine algae, play a vital role in absorbing carbon from our oceans?

Absorb the story here >

An egg-citing discovery

A recent study reveals that, contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes don’t lay their eggs only in standing water, affecting how we control disease-carrying mosquito populations. 

Suck up the story here >





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Adam Hunter was the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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