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Bee surveys in newest US national park could aid pollinator studies elsewhere

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:52:13 EST ~ Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? Entomologists report findings about pollinator biodiversity in California's Pinnacle National Park derived from three separate surveys spanning 17 years and say similar studies in other areas are needed. Find out more...

Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:04:04 EST ~ Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats. Find out more...

Penguins, starfish, whales: Which animals will win and lose in a warming Antarctic?

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:05:04 EST ~ Using risk assessments, like those used for setting occupational safety limits in the workplace, researchers determined the winners and losers of climate change in the Antarctic. They show that marine animals associated with sea ice for food or breeding, such as some whales and penguins, are most at risk from the effects of climate change, while seafloor predators and open-water feeding animals like starfish and jellyfish will benefit from the opening up of new habitat. Find out more...

Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:06:29 EST ~ Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a new study. Find out more...

Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:06:26 EST ~ More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new study. 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...

Black mangroves' impact on the salt marsh food web

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:29:07 EST ~ Warmer temperatures are causing more tropical species to move northward. Among these are black mangroves, whose abundance is steadily increasing in the northern Gulf of Mexico. A new article examines how this tropical species is impacting the salt marsh food web. Find out more...

Big genome found in tiny forest defoliator

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:10:58 EST ~ Scientists have sequenced the genomes of the European gypsy moth and its even more destructive cousin, the Asian gypsy moth. Find out more...

Bear necessities: New study highlights importance of water resources for Andean bears

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:48:54 EST ~ A new study highlights the importance of water for Andean bears living in the mountain forests of Peru. The study found that bears exhibit tree-rubbing behavior on shrubs and trees that are located on trails near water holes. The discovery that this behavior occurs near water holes could have implications for future conservation programs. Find out more...

Beech trees are dying, and nobody's sure why

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:47:58 EST ~ A confounding new disease is killing beech trees in Ohio and elsewhere, and plant scientists are sounding an alarm while looking for an explanation. Researchers and naturalists in northeastern Ohio report on the emerging 'beech leaf disease' epidemic, calling for speedy work to find a culprit so that work can begin to stop its spread. Find out more...