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

Vampire bat (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Vampire bat (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

October 30, 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 October 2017:

They vant to suck your blood!

Discover the real vampires of the animal kingdom.

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Not to be taken lightly

In addition to remembering the victims of 9/11, Manhattan’s annual “Tribute in Light Memorial” is an opportunity for scientists to research how artificial lights impact birds at night.

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Unpleasant news for pheasants

Of all bird species in the UK, pheasants are the most likely to become road kill.

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Brace yourself for the octobots

Scientists have developed synthetic octopus skin, which is capable of transforming from a smooth, two-dimensional surface to a three-dimensional, rough one. 

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BC orcas in need of a restraining order  

By next spring, new regulations will prevent boats from coming within 200 metres of southern resident orcas in Canadian waters.

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The globe half-full

With climate change and biodiversity loss increasing, the notion of reserving half of the Earth for nature conservation is becoming increasingly appealing.  

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Real-life Noah’s Ark

As a result of Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami, scientists have found 237 species on North America’s west coast that hitchhiked across the ocean on floating debris.

Drift to the story here >

A star makes a comeback

Thanks to rigorous conservation efforts, the Burmese star tortoise is no longer on the brink of extinction.

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Nature’s escape artists

Learn how kangaroo rats get away from rattlesnakes.

Escape to the story here >





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

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