The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Short-beaked echidna (Photo by Patrick Kavanagh/Wikimedia Commons)

Short-beaked echidna (Photo by Patrick Kavanagh/Wikimedia Commons)

November 25, 2016 | by Adam Hunter

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of November 21, 2016.

The echidna life: Sleep, dig, eat, repeat

Not only do short-beaked echidnas eat all night, sleep all day and rock side to side, they also spend a huge chunk of time digging for food and hiding their soft underbellies from predators.

Dig into the story here >

Moosicles are the new icicles

A teacher in Alaska discovered two moose frozen in the midst of a heated battle.

Melt into the story here >

Wasps love Canada's capital

If you're afraid of or allergic to wasps, then Ottawa may not be the best place for you to go during the warmer months. 

Get the buzz here >

It's a bird! It's a plane! No's a bat!

Common swifts, formerly the fastest-flying animals, have lost their bragging rights to Brazilian free-tailed bats, which can achieve speeds close to 100 kilometres per hour.

Race to the story here >

Glowing geckos help illuminate the path to biodiversity

An Australian researcher coated marbled geckos in fluorescent powder and released them into farm environments to better understand Australian farmland's biodiversity.

Learn more here >

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

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