The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

White-throated sparrow (Photo by Becky Matsubara, CC-BY)

White-throated sparrow (Photo by Becky Matsubara, CC-BY)

July 10, 2020 | by Ian Gibb

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 July 6, 2020:


Singing a different tune

White-throated sparrows in Canada have changed their birdsong in the past two decades, a rapid shift that has researchers intrigued.

Learn the new notes here >

Taking a stand

Communities in Mexico are working to protect the endangered Colima fir tree, found only in forests around the Nevado de Colima volcano, from logging and agricultural land development.

Climb to the story here >

Misunderstood: A shark tale

In popular culture, sharks are dangerous killers in the ocean, while in reality they are overfished and threatened by the effects of climate change.

Explore a different perspective here >

Night owls

Four decades of research into grizzly bear behaviour in BC and Alberta suggests that bears have adapted to human activity by becoming more active at night.

Stay up with the story here >

Don’t get ticked off; read this first

Lyme disease-causing blacklegged ticks can be found across several Canadian provinces. Here are some tips on staying tick-free.

Get prepared with the story here >

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

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