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

Andean bear, also known as spectacled bear (Photo sandyespinoza, CC-BY).

Andean bear, also known as spectacled bear (Photo sandyespinoza, CC-BY).

March 27, 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 23, 2020:

Avocado, hold the toast

Andean, or spectacled, bears are a solitary species and listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In recent years, however, they have been recorded feasting together in growing numbers during avocado season.

Eat up the story here >

Wilderness outside your back door

An American ecologist is pushing for more backyard biodiversity through natural landscaping and native plants.

Dig into the story here >

Nature through a viewfinder

See the world from a new angle with wildlife and landscape photography from the 2020 Nature TTL’s Photographer of the Year awards.

Focus on the pictures here >

A few good hens

A South African vineyard has a powerful, pesticide-free weapon to deal with snails and insects. Every day, an army of more than 1,200 ducks are released to munch on critters on the vines.

Quack open the story here >

Hangin' out together

Vampire bats might seem nothing at all like humans, but new research suggests they form friendships in a similar way.

Sink your teeth into the story here >

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

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