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

Capuchin monkey (Photo by Steve Corey, CC-BY-NC-ND)

Capuchin monkey (Photo by Steve Corey, CC-BY-NC-ND)

December 31, 2020 | 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 2020.

Camera captures Costa Rican capuchins

Learn more about the capuchin monkey in this short video with footage from camera traps.

Watch the highlights here >

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.

Sniff out the story here >

Looking back on a year in nature

Focusing on the positive, National Geographic has collected stories of wildlife wins in 2020.

Check out the list here >

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.

Dive into the story here >

Northern guardians

Learn more about how environmental guardians at Kluane First Nation in Yukon are stewarding the land.

Head up to the story here >

A score of surprises

Twenty new species were discovered – and several species re-discovered – on a research trip in the Bolivian Andes.

Trek to the story here >

Underwater refuges

A coral sanctuary off the East African coast, where coral reefs and wildlife thrive, gives insight about ocean areas resistant to climate change.

Get deep into the story here >

Crossing paths with a white cat

A rare white-coated cougar was captured on a camera trap in Brazil.

Follow the trail to the story here >

Last place at the flower show

A newly discovered orchid in Madagascar has received attention for its unusual (hideous) appearance.

Look on in horror here >

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).

Explore the story here >

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

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