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Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:30:27 EST ~ The reintroduction program for the green turtle in the Cayman Islands has been crucial in order to recover this species, which are threatened by the effects of human overexploitation, according to the first genetic study of the green turtle's reintroduction program in this area of the Atlantic ocean. Find out more...

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:08:35 EST ~ Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, experts say. Find out more...

Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:00:32 EST ~ The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans and their pets. Find out more...

Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:06 EST ~ Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species. Find out more...

'Outdated' management plan increases risks to Alaska's large carnivores

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:41:12 EST ~ Alaskan wildlife management that prioritizes reducing bear and wolf populations so hunters can kill more moose, caribou and deer is both backward and lacks scientific monitoring. Find out more...

Scientists identify two new species of fungi in retreating Arctic glacier

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:11:03 EST ~ Two new species of fungi have made an appearance in a rapidly melting glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, just west of Greenland. Find out more...

Central Texas salamanders, including newly identified species, at risk of extinction

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:11:28 EST ~ Biologists have discovered three new species of groundwater salamander in Central Texas, including one living west of Austin that they say is critically endangered. They also determined that an already known salamander species near Georgetown is much more endangered than previously thought. They warn that more severe droughts caused by climate change and increasing water use in Central Texas have left groundwater salamanders 'highly vulnerable to extinction.' Find out more...

Cities could play a key role in pollinator conservation

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:08:28 EST ~ Given the pressures that pollinators face in agricultural land, cities could play an important role in conserving pollinators, according to a new study. The research has revealed that gardens and allotments are good for pollinators, and lavender and borage are important garden plants that pollinators use as food sources. Find out more...

New mathematical model can help save endangered species

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:28:44 EST ~ One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for conservationists. Find out more...

Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:17:53 EST ~ Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, yet its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study. Researchers have discovered that termites actually help mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rainforests. Find out more...