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

Peacock spider (Photo by Jurgen Otto, Wikimedia Commons).

Peacock spider (Photo by Jurgen Otto, Wikimedia Commons).

April 3, 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 March 30, 2020:



Seven new eight-legged species

Seven new species of peacock spider — small, colourful spiders with elaborate mating dances — have been identified by researchers.

Creepy-crawl over to the story here >

Peer reviewers needed for six-year-old scientist

An inquisitive Australian, aged six, already has two years of research experience and a published paper, as she helps her scientist father collect data about different owl species.

Swoop into the story here >

Underwater recovery

An international study, published this week by a group of marine scientists, describes a path for the recovery of marine life diversity by the year 2050.

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Boy band or dolphin pod

Male bottlenose dolphins have been recorded making synchronized “popping” calls around potential female mates, in what researchers think could be a coordinated vocal attempt to intimidate other males.

Get in sync with the story here >

Buffalo-sized news

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is 85 per cent of the way to its funding goal for preserving an area of grasslands and shoreline around Buffalo Pound Lake near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Land on the story here >

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

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