March roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Court)

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Court)

March 31, 2019 | by Craig Doucette

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 March 2019.

Wands for wildlife

Winnipeg’s Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is calling for donations of used mascara brushes to help clean the fur and feathers of rescued critters.

Brush up on the story >


A new online challenge encourages volunteers to find areas with lots of litter, clean them up and post before-and-after pictures on social media.

Pick up the story >

Closing the net around Asian carp

Municipal governments in the Great Lakes Region are calling for immediate action to fight the threat of invasive Asian carp.

Catch the story >

Food for thought

A new study finds that Indigenous hunter-gatherer groups in Western Australia play a vital role in the area’s fragile food web.

Bite into the story >

Our local reef

A newly established Marine Protected Area in the Philippines will engage local communities in scientific research.

Survey the story >

Genetic supply drop

Ontario wolves are being airlifted onto Isle Royale in Michigan to improve the genetic diversity of local wolf packs and to help control moose populations.

Fly to the story >

When it rains, it pours

Increased rainfall over Greenland is causing the country’s ice sheet to melt more quickly.

Drink in the story >

Climate change construction

Canada’s federal government, along with insurance companies, considers revisiting the country’s building codes to better weather the storm of climate change.

Nail down the story >

Coming back from the brink

Recent rediscoveries of species once believed to be extinct are a cause for both celebration and concern, as they suggest we know little about some of the rarest species on the planet.

Keep an eye on the story >

Nothing to grouse about

The Calgary Zoo and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced the reintroduction back to the wild of 66 captive-bred greater sage-grouse, boosting the population of one of Canada’s most endangered birds.

Recover the story >

Craig Doucette (Photo courtesy of Craig Doucette)

About the Author

Craig Doucette joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada team in October 2018. Fascinated by the connections between wildlife and the habitats they occupy, he studied wildlife biology and ecosystem management at the University of Guelph and Fleming College.

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