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Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:32:41 EDT ~ A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to the loss of suitable habitat. Find out more...

Climate change modifies the composition of reefs

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:11:10 EDT ~ Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink. A study has analyzes for the first time why gorgonians are more resistant than corals to human impacts and global climate change. Find out more...

Improving 'silvopastures' for bird conservation

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:39:10 EDT ~ The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat could be improved. Find out more...

Newly identified African bird species already in trouble

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:39:07 EDT ~ Central Africa's Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region's mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development. Find out more...

Global trade in exotic pets threatens endangered parrots through the spread of a virus

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:09:02 EDT ~ Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots. Find out more...

Florida Keys' corals are growing but have become more porous

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:08:47 EDT ~ Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida Keys. A new study explored this topic, finding both good and bad news. The rate of coral skeletal growth in the Florida Keys has remained relatively stable over time, but the skeletal density of the region's corals is declining, possibly due to ocean acidification. Find out more...

New tool helps conservationists make smarter decisions

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:26:16 EDT ~ A new tool could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar. Find out more...

'High-yield' farming costs the environment less than previously thought -- and could help spare habitats

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:43:50 EDT ~ New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the 'least bad' option for feeding the world while saving its species -- provided use of such 'land-efficient' systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland. Find out more...

New soft coral species discovered in Panama

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:43:42 EDT ~ Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba National Park, a UNESCO National Heritage Site, the location of the Smithsonian's newest research site. Find out more...

The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:03:41 EDT ~ Using the fossil record to accurately estimate the timing and pace of past mass extinctions is no easy task, and a new study highlights how fossil evidence can produce a misleading picture if not interpreted with care. Find out more...