The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

May 13, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of May 9, 2016:

Brace yourselves: cicadas are coming

After a 17-year nap, a family of cicadas will soon from emerge from their underground dwellings from northeastern United States. But fear not, entomophobians, these flying insects are harmless.

10 more buzz-worthy facts about cicadas here >

An out-of-this-world discovery

NASA has developed a new technique for confirming planet discoveries. A fast and automated software system, called Vespa, relies on signals from other candidate planets to detect dips in a star’s brightness — a key indicator in a potential planet. Using this method has already lead to a discovery of 1,284 new planets!

Learn more about the method here >

Home spawn home

It turns out pikes are homebodies. A new study shows Baltic Sea populations of pike who spawn at the same place they were born have a higher rate of survival in the early stages of their life cycle.

Learn more here >

Dangerous selfies

Conservationists in India have raised concerns over people risking their lives and endangering wildlife for an infamous "selfie." There have been reports of fatal selfies, with both humans and animals affected. So the next time you want to record your close encounter with nature, turn that camera back around and take photos from a safe distance.

Get the full picture here >

Soloman islands in hot water

Five tiny islands located in the Pacific Ocean have disappeared due to rising sea levels and erosion. According to Australian researchers, this is the first scientific confirmation of the impacts of climate change on Pacific coastlines.

Read more here >

Raechel Bonomo (Photo by Chase Wastesicoot)

About the Author

Raechel Bonomo is the acting project lead, employee communications, at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Read more about Raechel Bonomo.

More by this author »