Wildlife

Winter Sets Up Bird Breeding Success
March 24, 2017 08:49 AM - University of Guelph

For migratory birds, breeding grounds are where the action is. But a new study by University of Guelph biologists is among the first to suggest that the number of songbirds breeding during spring and summer depends mostly on what happens at their wintering grounds.

The Cerberus Groundsnake is a Critically Endangered new species from Ecuador
March 22, 2017 12:06 PM - Pensoft Publishers

With as many as 140 species, Atractus is the most diverse snake genus in the world, even though it can be found exclusively in Central and South America. However, these colubrid ground snakes seem largely under-researched, since there have been thirty-three species discovered in the last ten years only.

The Cerberus Groundsnake is a Critically Endangered new species from Ecuador
March 22, 2017 12:06 PM - Pensoft Publishers

With as many as 140 species, Atractus is the most diverse snake genus in the world, even though it can be found exclusively in Central and South America. However, these colubrid ground snakes seem largely under-researched, since there have been thirty-three species discovered in the last ten years only.

Livestock grazing effects on sage-grouse: study identifies options to sustain ranching and help wildlife
March 22, 2017 08:26 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. The research was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.

World's First Fluorescent Frog Found in the Amazon
March 17, 2017 03:43 PM - Yale Environment 360

Scientists have discovered the world’s first known naturally fluorescent amphibian — the South American polka-dot tree frog.

Wild Birds an Unlikely Source of Costly Poultry Disease
March 17, 2017 07:54 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Wild ducks and shorebirds do not appear to carry Newcastle disease viruses that sicken or kill poultry, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Increase of Alaskan Snow Geese OK for Other Species
March 15, 2017 08:39 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

A new report by the USGS finds that although snow geese are increasing rapidly in northern Alaska, they are not having a negative effect on black brant. Brant are a goose species that shares its nesting habitat with snow geese.

Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year
March 14, 2017 11:13 AM - University of Basel

It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. Zoologists at the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden have now shown just how true this is – spiders kill astronomical numbers of insects on a global scale. The scientific journal The Science of Nature has published the results.

After Deepwater Horizon Spill: Which Animals Weathered the Disaster
March 14, 2017 10:38 AM - Rutgers University

A new study from a Coastal Waters Consortium team of researchers led by Rutgers University postdoctoral researcher, Michael McCann, has found which birds, fish, insects and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion should be given top priority for conservation, protection and research.

Why Are Giant Pandas Black and White?
March 10, 2017 12:46 PM - Melissa Breyer, Care2

The giant panda’s graphic pattern has stumped biologists for years … now they have an answer.

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