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Greatestthreatto Eastern forest birds is habitat loss on wintering grounds

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:56:03 EDT ~ Human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds. The problemwill be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a new study. Find out more...

Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:05:13 EDT ~ Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species. Find out more...

Damming and lost connectivity for fish in Northeastern ecosystems

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:09:33 EDT ~ Fish that migrate between freshwater and sea ecosystems play a multitude of ecological roles. In the centuries since Europeans first colonized the Americas, damming and other disruptions to river connectivity have greatly decreased the migration opportunities of these species. A new article outlines the effects of lost habitat and river connectivity for these crucial fish. Find out more...

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:22:55 EDT ~ A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching. Find out more...

Too many bats are being killed for research

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:47:17 EDT ~ The work of zoologists worldwide is often an important asset for biodiversity protection, but a new article notes that scientists kill many bats -- even of threatened species -- to study them. Find out more...

Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targets

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:47:20 EDT ~ Bornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. These orangutans are critically endangered, and despite intense conservation efforts, their numbers continue to decline. Additional habitat management strategies that account for their presence in forests affected by logging and other human activity are needed to ensure the species' survival. Find out more...

Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:08:43 EDT ~ Invasive plant species like seaweed can provide vital ecosystem functions in coastal areas where native habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. A new study finds that invasive species could be used to offset the loss of native habitats that provide storm protection, food production and other benefits to billions of people. Find out more...

Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:04:28 EDT ~ More species of birds have accumulated, in general, inhabiting climatically stable areas. Find out more...

Climate change: Biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:04:54 EDT ~ Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study. Scientists found that when they experimentally warmed meadows, the diversity of nematode worms living in the soil went down in monocultures, whereas the opposite was true for meadows with many different herbaceous plant species. Find out more...

Chillier Winters, Smaller Beaks

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:20:45 EDT ~ Although Charles Darwin lived and worked in the 19th century, modern evolutionary biologists are far from exhausting all avenues of inquiry regarding birds and evolution. For example, in the 1990s, researchers began to explore a new question concerning the relationship between climate and the evolution of beak size. Find out more...