Wildlife

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!
September 26, 2017 08:18 AM - University of British Columbia (UBC)

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy.

Climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau’s reefs, and this new research suggests that the best tourism management strategy includes a more than 70 per cent reduction in the amount of reef fish eaten by visitors. These findings are relevant for sustainable development for other small island developing states that are likely to feel a significant impact from changes to the ocean.

Emerging Disease Further Jeopardizes North American Frogs
September 25, 2017 08:18 AM - USGS

A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Frogs and salamanders are currently among the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. The two most common frog diseases, chytridiomycosis and ranavirus infection, are linked to frog population declines worldwide. The new study suggests that that SPI is the third most common infectious disease of frogs.

Going Diving in the Tropics? Don't Eat the Reef Fish!
September 21, 2017 01:34 PM - Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program study published today in Marine Policy.

Could Condors Return to Northern California?
September 20, 2017 03:21 PM - American Ornithological Society Publications Office

A study of lead exposure indicates condors could one day return to Northern California.

Could Condors Return to Northern California?
September 20, 2017 03:21 PM - American Ornithological Society Publications Office

A study of lead exposure indicates condors could one day return to Northern California.

Forest Fire Pollution Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife
September 20, 2017 12:06 PM - University of Kent

Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced ‘haze’ they created, according to new research led by Benjamin Lee at the University of Kent and the National Parks Board in Singapore.

New Method to Estimate Abundance, Detect Trends in North Atlantic Right Whales Confirms Recent Population Decline
September 19, 2017 03:18 PM - NOAA

NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years.  The findings were published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

Wolves Understand Cause and Effect Better Than Dogs
September 15, 2017 11:21 AM - University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna

A rattle will only make noise if you shake it. Children learn this principle of cause and effect early on in their lives. However, animals like the wolf also understand such connections and are better at this than their domesticated descendants. Researchers at the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna say that wolves have a better causal understanding than dogs and that they follow human-given communicative cues equally well. The study in Scientific Reports provides the insight that the process of domestication can also affect an animal’s causal understanding.

Wolves Understand Cause and Effect Better Than Dogs
September 15, 2017 11:21 AM - University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna

A rattle will only make noise if you shake it. Children learn this principle of cause and effect early on in their lives. However, animals like the wolf also understand such connections and are better at this than their domesticated descendants. Researchers at the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna say that wolves have a better causal understanding than dogs and that they follow human-given communicative cues equally well. The study in Scientific Reports provides the insight that the process of domestication can also affect an animal’s causal understanding.

New study shows banning shark fin in the U.S. won't help save sharks
September 15, 2017 08:05 AM - Simon Fraser University

A new study published today in the scientific journal Marine Policy shows that banning the sale of shark fins within the United States can actually harm ongoing shark conservation efforts.

David Shiffman of SFU’s Earth2Ocean research group and Robert Hueter from the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida say that a proposed nationwide ban on shark fin sales within the United States is a misguided and ineffective approach to protecting sharks.

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