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  • Drones Effective for Marine Megafauna Monitoring

    New research in The Bahamas has proved that drones are effective tools for monitoring marine megafauna such as sharks and rays. They are effective even in shallow and murky water, and are much less invasive than alternatives.

    By Alex Taylor on 28th January 2019
  • Drying wetland Drives Muskrat Decline

    46 years worth of satellite imagery has shown that Canada’s Peace-Athabasca Delta has been slowly drying. This has driven the decline of the muskrat, and may have repercussions for the many species that prey on it.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th January 2019
  • Trees Moving Up… Towards Extinction

    In response to climate change, tropical trees are migrating upslope. However, research has found that their movement is not fast enough to avoid a loss of biodiversity and even extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th January 2019
  • Bat Cull Unwarranted

    A major cull of the endangered Mauritius flying fox has been announced to prevent fruit crop damage, however new research has found the bat is responsible for only some damage, and could be managed effectively without the need to cull.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th December 2018
  • Protected Areas Help Birds Adapt to Climate Change

    A study in Finland looking at changes in bird populations has revealed that protected areas help to slow down the north-bound retreat of species as the planet warms due to climate change.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th December 2018
  • New Hope for the Northern White Rhino

    New genetic analysis has discovered that northern and southern white rhino populations have had contact throughout history. This means that genes from southern white rhinos could be used to successfully rescue their critically endangered northern cousins.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th December 2018
  • Damming Caused Decline

    The damming of the Yangtze River has been shown to have caused declines in population size and spawning ground capacity of the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th December 2018
  • Mammals Cannot Evolve Fast Enough to Escape Extinction Crisis

    Nature’s defence mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up with the extermination of species by humans. If conservation efforts are not improved, so many mammal species will go extinct in the next five decades that nature will need 3-5 million years to recover.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th December 2018
  • Combined Threats Increase Extinction Risk

    The combined threat of deforestation and wildlife exploitation has been severely underestimated for bird populations in Southeast Asia. This could lead to some species becoming extinct.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th December 2018
  • Snakes on a Plane

    Researchers have discovered why the brown tree snake has become such a successful invasive species on the island of Guam, where it has devastated native bird populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd December 2018