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New bird that humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:09:39 EDT ~ Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean, an international team of researchers has discovered the bones of a new extinct species of songbird, a bullfinch which they have named Pyrrhula crassa. The remains were found in a small cavity through which time ago the lava flowed. This bird disappeared a few hundreds of years ago due to human colonization of the islands and the introduction of invasive species. Find out more...

Large-mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:29:29 EDT ~ The food chains recovered more rapidly than previously assumed after Earth's most devastating mass extinction event about 252 million years ago as demonstrated by the fossilized skull of a large predatory fish called Birgeria americana discovered by paleontologists from the University of Zurich in the desert of Nevada. Find out more...

Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs, study finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:41:51 EDT ~ A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from 'coral gardening,' the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. Find out more...

How fear alone can cause animal extinction

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:22:24 EDT ~ Fear alone may contribute to the extinction of animal populations according to a recent study. When scientists exposed fruit flies to the scent of a praying mantis, a known predator, they found that the risk of extinction increased up to seven fold. The increased risk of extinction occurred because at small population sizes, as the flies spent more time being vigilant and less time eating, populations that declined could not quickly rebound. Find out more...

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...

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:34:19 EDT ~ Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom, report investigators. Find out more...

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:23:29 EDT ~ Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development. 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...

'Sound' research shows slower boats may cause manatees more harm than good

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:53:58 EDT ~ Slower boat speeds reduce risks to manatees. Or do they? Not exactly, according to new research. In fact, the very laws enacted to slow down boats in manatee habitats may actually be doing more harm than good. Slowing down boats makes it more difficult for manatees to detect and locate approaching boats. An innovative alerting device is proving to deliver a better solution. 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...