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

Piping plover (Photo by Ian Sadler)

Piping plover (Photo by Ian Sadler)

July 31, 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 July 2018:

Malaysia’s precious 

A toad named after Gollum, a character in The Lord of the Rings, is now considered a species at risk. 

Hop to the story >

A stinky in-scent-ive

Elrhino, a company that produces paper products using fibre from rhino dung, is giving villagers in India a financial incentive to help protect the greater one-horned rhino.

Sniff out the story >

Wingless wonders

Researchers at Bristol University in the UK have recently learned how spiders can fly thousands of kilometres, despite lacking wings.

Soar to the story >

Pop-up plovers

Two piping plovers have been discovered rearing chicks at Hanlan’s Point beach on Toronto Island, a place where this species had not previously nested in over 80 years.

Fly to the story >

Something to cheer about

Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park recently became the world’s largest protected tropical rainforest and a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Celebrate the success here >

New sharks on the block

According to research done at the University of Southampton, 10 shark species presently occurring in warmer waters could travel to more appropriate UK waters, as ocean temperatures increase due to climate change.

Bite into the story >

Black is the new grey

The black squirrel, a species brought to the U.S. from Canada more than a century ago, is becoming as widespread as the grey squirrel in Washington, D.C.  

Climb to the story >

Don’t you ring the alarm, they’ve been through this too long

Despite research suggesting that elephants can adapt to the presence of humans, loud noises such as sirens have been shown to increase their stress levels.

Stomp on the story >

Forget ketosis, try metamorphosis

Scientists recently discovered that after going through metamorphosis, a giant marine snail living off the coast of Antarctica no longer has to eat.

(Don’t) digest the story >

A first for Canada

UNESCO has declared a stretch of boreal forest at the Manitoba-Ontario border as a mixed natural and cultural World Heritage Site — the first of its kind in Canada.

Read more about it here, eh? >



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

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