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

Scarlet Macaw (Photo by Maritza, Pexels)

Scarlet Macaw (Photo by Maritza, Pexels)

May 1, 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 April 27, 2020:

A parrot soars again

Scarlet macaws, the national bird of Honduras, are recovering due to the work of the country’s conservationists.

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Frog from before time

Fossil remains unearthed by researchers in Antarctica are believed to be from a 40-million-year-old frog whose ancestors now live in the rainforests of Chile.

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Open mic orcas

Killer whales in BC’s Salish Sea will be monitored by a new hydrophone buoy acquired by stewardship organization Straitwatch. The buoy will listen for whale calls and vessel noise.

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A new memorial scholarship in Nunavut

A new scholarship has been announced in memory of Siu-Ling Han, a biologist and long-time Nunavut resident who specialized in Arctic wildlife management. The $2,500 award will be open to Inuit students from the Qikiqtani region who plan to study environmental technology.

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The shrinking of the shrew

Research has shown that common shrews get smaller over winter before growing back to their maximum size in spring. This seasonal body change may help shrews survive winter without hibernating or storing food. 

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

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