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

Mountain pine beetle (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Steve Clarkson)

Mountain pine beetle (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Steve Clarkson)

February 28, 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 February 2019.

Grin and bear the cold weather

Conservationists in Alberta are rejoicing in this year’s particularly cold winter as the prolonged cold snap may help put a dent in the invasive mountain pine beetle population.
Warm up with the story >

Wilderness by any other name

How does our definition of what is and what is not considered “wild” affect which landscapes and ecosystems we choose to conserve? This article considers what’s in a name.
Read more here >

Cross-country conservation

India and Nepal propose an agreement to strengthen the conservation efforts for species such as Indian rhino and Bengal tiger along their 1,850-kilometre-wide border.
Cross over to the story >

Carnivores make a comeback

On the brink of extinction during the 1970s, native badger, otter and stoat populations are on the rebound in Britain.
Bounce back to the story >

Junk food diets

Urbanization and the abundance of human waste are changing the dietary habits of wildlife species around the world, and it shows!
Chow down on the story >

That’s one big bee!

Amid declining global bee populations, scientists are excited to announce the rediscovery of the world’s largest bee species, which has not seen alive in the wild for almost 40 years. 
Buzz over the story >


Insect species account for well over half of the world’s wildlife biodiversity, but we are losing species to extinction faster than scientist can identify them.
Catch the story >

Big countries, big responsibilities

A recent study suggests that larger countries, such as Russia and Canada, have a disproportionately high ecosystem value and, as a result, a greater responsibility to conserve land.
Survey the story >

Worrying about a world without wetlands

In honour of World Wetlands Day (February 2), the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Dan Kraus highlights the importance of Canada’s wetland ecosystems and the risks facing this quickly disappearing habitat.
Dive into the story >

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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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