August roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month
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 August 2018:
A little bird told me
Scientists in Australia discovered that a bird called the fairy wren could learn another “language” through eavesdropping on other neighbouring birds.
Shedding light on glowing fireworms
Researchers have figured out how Bermuda fireworms make themselves glow during mating season.
Fallen sea stars
Following a massive sunflower sea star die-off off the coast of British Columbia, scientists concluded that these animals are vital to the health of BC’s kelp forests.
Scared to life
Learn how conservationists use scare tactics and behaviour modification to help save wildlife species.
A “hare-y” situation
New research shows that the number of mountain hares inhabiting Scotland’s eastern Highlands has dropped to less than one per cent of their numbers in the 1950s.
Planet of the plants
Scientists have discovered that plants are the most abundant life form on the planet in terms of biomass.
From parented to parent in just two weeks
Czech scientists recently reported that the African annual fish reaches sexual maturity in just two weeks — the fastest of any vertebrate.
A grand addition
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired the final privately owned property inside the Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary in New Brunswick.
Two new tea plant species have been discovered in a conservation area in central Vietnam.