December roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
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 December 2019.
Fish will return to damaged coral reefs when sounds of a healthy, noisy reef are being broadcasted.
Frozen in time
A Toronto biologist is using historical accounts and religious texts to track lake ice formation and climate change.
Keep on rockin’ in the tree world
Some chimpanzees in West Africa have a culture of throwing rocks at trees. Researchers now say they choose certain trees based on how they sound.
Leaf me alone
New recordings of tomato and tobacco plants reveal that the plants produce high-pitched noises when exposed to stress.
Warts and all
The starry night harlequin toad, thought to be extinct, has been recorded in a Colombian mountain range for the first time in three decades.
Young leader cleans up
A 12-year-old from BC has picked up over 7,000 cigarette butts and is now leading a push to include them as single-use plastic in an upcoming federal law.
Researchers from across Atlantic Canada are teaming up to produce the region’s first soil map.
Not so slow
The ability of giant tortoises to master a simple task and remember it years later is providing new insight into turtle intelligence.
University of Saskatchewan researchers say that new plant fossils from Nunavut islands reveal that a dense forest covered the current tundra over 50 million years ago.
Spruce up your backyard
Christmas trees sure look pretty, but did you know they can also provide a home for birds, enrich your soil and improve your backyard ecosystem?