Spotlights

Unraveling the Secrets of a Whale Song
August 12, 2015 09:55 AM - S.E. Smith

Whale songs are some of the most hauntingly beautiful and bizarre noises in the world. But if it hadn’t been for acoustic biologist Katy Payne, we’d probably still be dismissing them as mere sounds — like the noises our own cats and dogs make when they’re hungry, frightened, interested, or affectionate. Payne, however, realized that whales are actually composing songs, not just making noise under the sea, and moreover, she found that over time, whales change their tune. These majestic marine mammals interact with each other to create songs of escalating length and complexity over the years, in what one might compare to jazz riffing or Indigenous Australian songlines, the cultural, social, and physical maps passed down through generations.

La base militar de Fort Knox Base establece un área de protección para el Murciélago de Indiana
August 11, 2015 06:25 AM - Mary Jo Harrod, Public Information Officer, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Compliance Assistance, Frankfort, Ky.

Fort Knox, una instalación militar estadounidense situada cerca de Louisville, Kentucky, y famosa por el almacenamiento de lingotes de oro de la nación, cuenta con dos de las colonias más grandes de crianza de murciélagos de Indiana, especie reconocida federalmente como en peligro de extinción y el más grande de Kentucky. En una misma noche, funcionarios de gobierno documentaron 451 y 478 murciélagos de Indiana que salen de dos árboles separados, ambos son los valores más altos de esta especie. La primera colonia de desarrollo de los murciélagos de Indiana en Fort Knox (aproximadamente 150 individuos) fue descubierto en 1999. El número total de los murciélagos de Indiana en existencia ha disminuido debido al síndrome de la nariz blanca, una enfermedad devastadora de la vida silvestre; una reducción y contaminación de su suministro de alimentos de insectos debido al uso de pesticidas y disturbios por los seres humanos durante la hibernación de los murciélagos en cuevas y minas. Durante la hibernación, los murciélagos se agrupan en de hasta 500 individuos por pie cuadrado, lo que significa que un solo evento puede destruir un gran número de murciélagos.

Fort Knox estableció el Área de Gestión del Murciélago de Indiana (IBMA) de 1,458 Acres, para administrar y aumentar la población de murciélagos de Indiana para mitigar el impacto ambiental uno de sus proyectos de construcción, y también lo utilizó para un proyecto KY EXCEL. KY EXCEL es el programa de liderazgo ambiental voluntario de Kentucky. Las actividades de manejo en el IBMA incluyen el monitoreo y gestión de humedales, el anillado selectivo de árboles para crear sitios de descanso, la eliminación de especies invasoras y el mejoramiento de las operaciones de obtención de madera para proporcionar un hábitat de alimentación de calidad.

Fort Knox Military Base establishes Indiana Bat Management Area
July 29, 2015 09:23 AM - Mary Jo Harrod, Public Information Officer, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Compliance Assistance, Frankfort, Ky.

Fort Knox, a U.S. military installation located near Louisville, Kentucky, and famous for storing the nation’s gold bullion, has two of the largest known maternity colonies of federally endangered Indiana bats within the range of the species and the largest in Kentucky. On the same night, officials documented 451 and 478 Indiana bats emerging from two separate trees, both are records for this species. The first maternity colony of Indiana bats on Fort Knox (approximately 150 individuals) was discovered in 1999. The total number of Indiana bats in existence has declined due to white-nose syndrome, a devastating wildlife disease; a reduction and contamination of their insect food supply due to pesticide usage and disturbances by humans during the bats’ winter hibernation in caves and mines. During hibernation, bats cluster in groups of up to 500 per square foot, which means a single event can destroy a large number of bats.

Fort Knox Military Base establishes Indiana Bat Management Area
July 29, 2015 09:23 AM - Mary Jo Harrod, Public Information Officer, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Compliance Assistance, Frankfort, Ky.

Fort Knox, a U.S. military installation located near Louisville, Kentucky, and famous for storing the nation’s gold bullion, has two of the largest known maternity colonies of federally endangered Indiana bats within the range of the species and the largest in Kentucky. On the same night, officials documented 451 and 478 Indiana bats emerging from two separate trees, both are records for this species. The first maternity colony of Indiana bats on Fort Knox (approximately 150 individuals) was discovered in 1999. The total number of Indiana bats in existence has declined due to white-nose syndrome, a devastating wildlife disease; a reduction and contamination of their insect food supply due to pesticide usage and disturbances by humans during the bats’ winter hibernation in caves and mines. During hibernation, bats cluster in groups of up to 500 per square foot, which means a single event can destroy a large number of bats.

Fort Knox Military Base establishes Indiana Bat Management Area
July 29, 2015 09:23 AM - Mary Jo Harrod, Public Information Officer, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Compliance Assistance, Frankfort, Ky.

Fort Knox, a U.S. military installation located near Louisville, Kentucky, and famous for storing the nation’s gold bullion, has two of the largest known maternity colonies of federally endangered Indiana bats within the range of the species and the largest in Kentucky. On the same night, officials documented 451 and 478 Indiana bats emerging from two separate trees, both are records for this species. The first maternity colony of Indiana bats on Fort Knox (approximately 150 individuals) was discovered in 1999. The total number of Indiana bats in existence has declined due to white-nose syndrome, a devastating wildlife disease; a reduction and contamination of their insect food supply due to pesticide usage and disturbances by humans during the bats’ winter hibernation in caves and mines. During hibernation, bats cluster in groups of up to 500 per square foot, which means a single event can destroy a large number of bats.

Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
July 15, 2015 10:17 AM - Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

Scientists from the Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, and State University of New York at Stony Brook recently published an article in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology that names three types of hotspots—biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas, and turtle priority areas. Taxon richness and endemism values are offered for the 16 identified hotspots, which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species.

Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
July 15, 2015 10:17 AM - Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

Scientists from the Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, and State University of New York at Stony Brook recently published an article in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology that names three types of hotspots—biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas, and turtle priority areas. Taxon richness and endemism values are offered for the 16 identified hotspots, which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species.

Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
July 15, 2015 10:17 AM - Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

Scientists from the Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, and State University of New York at Stony Brook recently published an article in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology that names three types of hotspots—biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas, and turtle priority areas. Taxon richness and endemism values are offered for the 16 identified hotspots, which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species.

Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
July 15, 2015 10:17 AM - Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

Scientists from the Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, and State University of New York at Stony Brook recently published an article in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology that names three types of hotspots—biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas, and turtle priority areas. Taxon richness and endemism values are offered for the 16 identified hotspots, which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species.

Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
July 15, 2015 10:17 AM - Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

Scientists from the Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, and State University of New York at Stony Brook recently published an article in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology that names three types of hotspots—biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas, and turtle priority areas. Taxon richness and endemism values are offered for the 16 identified hotspots, which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species.

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