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

Seahorse (Photo by Thomas Hawk, CC-BY-NC)

Seahorse (Photo by Thomas Hawk, CC-BY-NC)

May 15, 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 May 11, 2020:


Not horsin’ around

A Canadian marine biologist has won the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, which includes a $250,000 award, for her research and activism on seahorses and ocean conservation.

Giddy-up to the story here >

Arctic adaptation

Due to travel restrictions, Arctic researchers based in southern Ontario are collaborating remotely with northern communities on research and data collected by local residents.

Look into the story here >

The ants go marching

A new study found ants may navigate obstacles as a collective, using shared “brainpower.” The ants outperformed a computer model designed to find a path through a maze.

Find your way to the story here >

Seed savers

A women’s collective has been gathering and distributing native seeds in Brazil for the past 10 years and is responsible for planting about one million trees to promote reforestation.

Plant yourself at the story here >

Birding with a mouse

Point Pelee National Park in Ontario may be closed due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped it from connecting with birders. The park is offering online sessions for anyone wanting to learn more about our feathered friends.

Fly to the story here, with a link to the online sessions >

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

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