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

Tropical fish swimming among corals (Photo by Pixabay)

Tropical fish swimming among corals (Photo by Pixabay)

December 31, 2019 | by Ian Gibb

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.

Coral music

Fish will return to damaged coral reefs when sounds of a healthy, noisy reef are being broadcasted.

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Frozen in time

A Toronto biologist is using historical accounts and religious texts to track lake ice formation and climate change.

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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.

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Leaf me alone

New recordings of tomato and tobacco plants reveal that the plants produce high-pitched noises when exposed to stress.

Branch out to the story here >

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.

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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.

Pick up the story here >

Dirty jobs

Researchers from across Atlantic Canada are teaming up to produce the region’s first soil map.

Dig in to the story here >

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.

Race to the story here >


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.

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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?

Yule want to read the story here >

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Ian Gibb is the communications assistant at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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