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

Roaming bison at Old Man on His Back ranch (Photo by Mark Taylor)

Roaming bison at Old Man on His Back ranch (Photo by Mark Taylor)

February 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 February 2017:

Nature’s butt double

Scientists recently discovered a beetle species that hitches rides on ants by biting into their waists and mimicking their backsides.

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A tear-rific adaptation

A new gecko species, named the fish-scale gecko, with tearaway skin and scales has been discovered.

Tear into the story here >

Silence of the crickets

More than 25 per cent of Europe’s grasshopper and cricket species are nearing extinction.

Hop to the story here >

Plains bison are back in plain sight

After 140 years without plains bison, Parks Canada recently moved 16 wild bison to Banff National Park from Elk Island National Park.

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Frozen, never fresh

During an ice fishing excursion on an Indiana lake, a pair of brothers made a grim discovery: a frozen pike in the midst of eating a bass.

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Crabby yet sweet

An environmentalist and underwater photographer discovered the candy-striped hermit crab in Bonaire’s National Marine Park, which could have a symbiotic relationship with moray eels.

Get a taste of the story here >

Plant Martians

The survival of algae samples exposed to space for 16 months could provide food and oxygen for Mars explorers. 

Expose yourself to the story here >

Floating to freedom

More than 200 beached pilot whales in Farewell Spit, New Zealand, managed to refloat themselves back to the ocean.

Float to the story here >

A toxic existence

According to scientists, small crustaceans inhabiting the ocean’s deepest regions have been found to have high human-produced toxin levels. 

Dive into the story here >

Plant chasers

Scientists are quickly trying to document rare plants that inhabit Cambodia's karsts before the limestone cliffs are turned into cement.

Chase the story here >




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

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