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

Prairie dog (Photo by Dick Mudde /Wikimedia Commons)

Prairie dog (Photo by Dick Mudde /Wikimedia Commons)

May 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 May 2017:

Birds backpack overseas

Scientists have attached backpack-like tracking tags on a group of Connecticut warblers to learn more about the species’ migratory trek over the Atlantic Ocean from Manitoba to the Amazon.

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Queen bees dethroned

Scientists in the United Kingdom have found that a commonly used pesticide negatively impacts queen bumble bees’ egg development.

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Future Dr. Doolittles

A biologist in Arizona believes that the noises that prairie dogs make should be classified as a language — one that humans may one day comprehend. 

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Changing of the bird

Scientists recently reported that common murre parents preen each other’s feathers to determine whose turn it is to look after their chick and who has to search for food.

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Want to hear the latest buzz?

Recent research suggests that some plants might be able to detect the sounds of flowing water or insects buzzing around them.

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Left alone

Despite their best efforts, University of Nottingham researchers can’t seem to find a willing and suitable mate for Jeremy, a snail with a rare genetic disorder that causes its shell to coil left instead of right. 

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A sponge-worthy experience

Scientists live-streamed underwater research in British Columbia’s Hecate Strait, enabling viewers to see rare glass sponge reefs believed to have gone extinct around 40 million years ago.

Dive into the story here >

A fatal error

Following a paperwork mistake, Australian biosecurity officers accidentally destroyed extremely rare and valuable daisies loaned to the country by the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

Plant yourself into the story here >

History repeats itself

According to a recent study, a shortage of prey – the same factor that contributed to seven Ice Age feline species’ extinction – is putting the African lion and Sunda clouded leopard at risk of extinction.

Claw into the story here >

Ecosystem engineers 

To mimic the effects of climate change, an Australian research team created several tiny marine ecosystems that they exposed to different water temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. 

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

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