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

Burrowing owl (Photo by Brendan Matthews)

Burrowing owl (Photo by Brendan Matthews)

June 29, 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 June 2018:

Great news, grizzlies

On World Environment Day (June 5), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) bought a land parcel near Fernie, BC, to protect important habitat for grizzly bears, elk and cutthroat trout.

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Warding off enemies with anemones

Biodiversity researchers recently discovered five new blanket hermit crab species that wrap toxic sea anemones around themselves for protection against predators.

Wrap yourself up in the story >

Burrowing her way to his heart

A field assistant with the Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery program found a wild female owl attempting to dig its way into a captive male’s enclosure.

Dig into the story >

Nature’s time capsules

Scientists have been extracting cores from coral reefs to learn more about the ocean’s natural history.

Swim to the story >

Sssooo long, sssuckers

A paper published on June 14 reveals the discovery of five new snake species that suck snails right from their shells.

Slurp up the story >

Stick it to the bird

A team of scientists suggests that stick insects might benefit from being consumed by birds because they can use the birds as a means to scatter their eggs.

Fly to the story >

Toad of terror

Scientists have confirmed that the toxic, invasive Asian common toad will likely kill practically all of Madagascar's wildlife that tries to eat it.

Invade the story >

Bye-bye, baobabs  

Scientists have discovered that most of Africa’s largest and oldest baobab trees have mysteriously died over the past 12 years.

Branch out to the story >

Monkeying around

Read about a recent university graduate’s time spent living among and studying wild Gelada monkeys in Ethiopia.

Climb to the story >

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

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