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

Brownbanded bamboo shark (Photo by Steve Childs/Wikimedia Commons)

Brownbanded bamboo shark (Photo by Steve Childs/Wikimedia Commons)

July 31, 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 July 2017:

Bees can get you buzzed

Scientists in North Carolina extracted different yeast species from bees and wasps to make beer.

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Dolphins with a “porpoise”

In an effort to conserve populations of vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine species, the Mexican government will deploy U.S. Navy-trained dolphins to find and herd vaquitas to a marine sanctuary.

Dive into the story here >

Cannibal creators

Biologists have discovered that tomato plants can release a chemical that drives caterpillars to cannibalism.

Bite into the story here >

Lobster lovin’

Learn about lobsters’ strange mating rituals and how climate change threatens their reproduction.

Get a pinch of the story here >

No bird for you!

After 18 months of polling, debating and consulting with bird experts, Canada will not be recognizing the grey jay as the country’s national bird.  

Fly to the story here >

Bugs that say “bye-bye birdie”

Scientists have found more than 100 cases throughout history of praying mantises killing and eating small birds.

Hunt for the story here >

Lean, mean running machines

Researchers have developed a new theory explaining why cheetahs, falcons and marlins are so fast.  

Race to the story here >

Water bears won’t bear the brunt of an apocalypse

Results of a new study predict that tardigrades, also known as water bears, could survive a variety of astronomical disasters. 

Bear the story in mind here >

Shoulder-shrugging sharks

Recent research reveals that instead of swallowing, bamboo sharks shrug their shoulders to bring prey into their stomachs from their mouths. 

Swallow the story here >

Life in plastic…it’s not fantastic

Researchers have discovered that 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, and by 2050 an estimated 12 billion metric tons will have accumulated in landfills or in the environment. 

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

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