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

Coral reef (Photo by Wise Hok Wai Lum/Wikimedia Commons)

Coral reef (Photo by Wise Hok Wai Lum/Wikimedia Commons)

March 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 March 2017:

Pollinator: Rise of the drones

A Japanese chemist has modified drones to potentially          pollinate crops.

Fly to the story here >

Google “Sea” View

The Ocean Agency, a non-profit organization, has created a form of Google Street View for the ocean to help scientists with their research and drive awareness of the importance of coral reef conservation.

View the story here > 

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the birdiest one of all?

An Australian bird — called the bush stone-curlew — that was caught staring at its reflection at length has rapidly become an internet sensation.

Stare at the story here >

Real-life creatures from the black lagoon

Learn about some bizarre marine animals that can only be seen in the wild during night-time scuba expeditions.

Dive into the story here >

Small but deadly

The world’s spider population is estimated to eat, annually, 400 million to 800 million tonnes of mainly insect prey.

Bite into the story here >

Pest-purging parasites

Researchers recently bred a bunch of “Canada-made” parasitic wasps, which they hope will help eliminate the invasive and destructive emerald ash borer.

Buzz to the story here >

Coral reef-athon

With the disappearance of close to 50 per cent of the planet’s coral reefs in the last three decades, scientists are racing to ensure that at least some make it through the next 30 years.

Race to the story here >

Beached blue whale bones

A Royal Ontario Museum exhibit showcases the complete skeleton of a blue whale that washed up on shore in Trout River, Newfoundland and Labrador, three years ago.

Dive into the story here >

Ancient algae

Scientists have unearthed fossil evidence in India of red, algae-like plants that lived 1.6 billion years ago; a discovery that suggests that plants may have originated hundreds of millions of years earlier than once thought.

Read more here >


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

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