The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
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 23, 2016.
Capywhera? Two Toronto escapees still at large
Despite the search efforts of around 30 city staff, a male and female capybara missing from High Park Zoo since Tuesday remain AWOL. Even Toronto Mayor John Tory has gotten in on the search and hopes to get the mischievous pair back home. The jail break has inspired an international frenzy on social media, including the Twitter account @TorontoCapybara.
From the ground up
Looking at the bigger picture often means looking at the smaller details within the frame. This thought process is what brough scientists to create a new atlas examining the details of global soil biodiversity. DYK? A single gram of soil can contain millions of living cells and organisms that play an important role in agriculture and natural ecosystems.
A new species of snake has been discovered on an uninhabited island in the southern Bahamas. This species, named the Conception Bank silver boa, was first spotted climbing a tree when its metal-like scales caught the eyes of scientists below. This snake is only found on this island. Despite minimal human impact, it is considered to be already endangered due to its estimated small population.
Researchers fear déjà-vu from climate change
The Canadian Prairies, considered the nation's breadbasket, could be the area in the world most affected by the impacts of climate change. The prairies are crucial to food security, and the impacts of climate change may affect agricultural practices, according to a recent study from the University of Winnipeg. This area may become a dust bowl, reminiscent of the Great Depression.
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Gardeners' pros are migratory birds' and bugs' woes
A new study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows a prolonged growing season in dense areas. While this might be good news for gardeners, the rising temperatures are bad news for birds visiting the area. But don’t give up hope for our fine feathered friends; there may be a solution to this problem.