April roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Golden-winged warbler (Photo by Christian Artuso)

Golden-winged warbler (Photo by Christian Artuso)

April 30, 2019 | by Craig Doucette

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 2019.

Flying home on an empty stomach

Deforestation in Central and South America is leaving migratory birds underfed and ill-prepared for the long flight north.
Fill up on the story >

Year of the kakapo

With 147 adult kakapos left in the wild, New Zealand’s most recent breeding season has been the most successful on record.
Crack open the story >

Vacation with a conscience

Hotels and vacation resorts across the world are taking steps to reduce their climate impact and improve the sustainability of their visitors’ stay.
Check into the story >

Apex predators back on top

Wolves return to the Netherlands for the first time in 140 years, putting the predator back at the top of the food chain and raising new challenges for conservationists.
Bite into the story >

Plastic proof

New data shows a sharp increase in the amount of plastic in the open ocean over the past 60 years.
Dive into the story >

360 degrees of conservation

Virtual reality technology can promote conservation by dropping viewers into natural environments that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to explore.
Experience the story >

Ending a 10,000-year cold streak

Permafrost samples suggest that the Arctic is warmer now than it has been at any time in the past 10,000 years.
Thaw out with the story >

Changing colours of the North

Warming trends in the Arctic are resulting in insect infestations and wildfires, not to mention turning the tundra green and brown.
See the difference in the story >

Dust off your lens

Check out 10 wildlife photos to inspire you to get into nature this spring and snap a few photos of your own.
Snap to the story >

The new deal

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the federal government announce the Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP), a federally funded $100-million program to safeguard important habitats across the country.
Learn more here >

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About the Author

Craig Doucette joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada team in October 2018. Fascinated by the connections between wildlife and the habitats they occupy, he studied wildlife biology and ecosystem management at the University of Guelph and Fleming College.

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