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 2020.
Camera captures Costa Rican capuchins
Learn more about the capuchin monkey in this short video with footage from camera traps.
Meet me at the big rock
Researchers identified specific rocks and trees used as “cat bars,” which male and female cheetahs visit to mark their scent.
Looking back on a year in nature
Focusing on the positive, National Geographic has collected stories of wildlife wins in 2020.
See seaweed as more than a weed
Researchers are touting the possible benefits of seaweed, kelp and similar species in the fight against climate change.
Learn more about how environmental guardians at Kluane First Nation in Yukon are stewarding the land.
A score of surprises
Twenty new species were discovered – and several species re-discovered – on a research trip in the Bolivian Andes.
A coral sanctuary off the East African coast, where coral reefs and wildlife thrive, gives insight about ocean areas resistant to climate change.
Crossing paths with a white cat
A rare white-coated cougar was captured on a camera trap in Brazil.
Last place at the flower show
A newly discovered orchid in Madagascar has received attention for its unusual (hideous) appearance.
Sage and Sparrow expands
The Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, which protects a rare and threatened ecosystem in southern BC, has been expanded to now cover 1,500 hectares (3,750 acres).