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

Gray wolf (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Gray wolf (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

February 27, 2018 | 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 February 2018:

Diamondbacks in the rough

Scientists are trying to figure out what is causing major decreases in the number of diamondback terrapins (a turtle species) in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. 

Race (slowly but surely) to the story here >

I don’t need a man to make it happen

Biologists discovered that the Amazon molly, an all-female fish species that reproduces through cloning, does not have any of the genetic weaknesses scientists once predicted.

Swim to the story here >  

Plenty of frogs…not exactly

Conservation scientists in Bolivia are searching far and wide for a mate for Romeo, likely one of the last remaining Sehuenecas water frogs in the world.

Hop to the story here >

A huge case of mistaken identity

The ocean sunfish has lost its title of the planet’s largest bony fish after scientists discovered that the bump-head sunfish actually weighs more.

Fish for the story here >  

Dethroning the queen conch of the Bahamas

Biologists may have pinpointed the reasons behind a significant queen conch population decrease in two protected marine parks in the Bahamas.

Listen for the story here >

Sea superstars

Learn about the incredible talents of some starfish species, including the ability to see and glow in the dark.

Illuminate the story here >

Keep your fears caged away

Scientists have found that people who have gone cage diving with great white sharks develop a more favourable attitude towards sharks.

Dive into the story here >

Beetles of mass destruction

According to a University of Alberta study, mountain pine beetles, an invasive species wreaking havoc on forests in Jasper National Park, are genetic hybrids with greater extermination resistance.

Get the buzz here >

Let it grow, let it grow

The French government intends to allow France’s wolf population to increase by almost 40 per cent by 2023, an unpopular decision among livestock farmers.

Hunt for the story here >

Chile’s newest national treasure

The Chilean government has established a 10-million-acre national park system in Patagonia, an almost 40 per cent expansion to Chile’s national parklands.

Hike to the story here >

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

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