Tag Archives: conservation

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

… “western science” gains, since greater knowledge about the “poorly known” bird will assist conservation efforts. You can’t miss the cruel joke. Human colonisation of the planet, fuelled by scientific and technological overreach, has driven countless species to extinction and near-extinction. Animals are hunted for everything from food and fashion to human settlement and entertainment. Funnily enough, just when some life-form eludes grasp or is endangered, its rarity or engineered …

Climate change raises cat threat 

      Warmer temperatures would move feral feline colonies into conservation hotspots, researcher finds. Vulnerable native species may face further risk as climate change makes more of our country hospitable to stray cats, a researcher says. In a new study in the journal Applied Geography, Unitec natural sciences lecturer Dr Glenn Aguilar used species distribution modelling to describe areas highly favourable to stray cats, and then investigated what effects a warmer climate …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness | October 12, 2015 Pietermaritzburg – A new species of spider, cleverly ­disguised as a bird dropping, has been discovered by Hilton College Environmental Education and conservation head John Roff. The spider, known as Hilton ­Pasilobus, was first discovered by Roff in 2006 when he noticed the species’s unusual looking egg case. “The spider has a very distinctive egg case. When I saw it, I knew I had found something unusual,” said Roff. “I went …

Feds release final bull trout recovery plan; critics label it ‘extinction plan’

By David Erickson | September 30, 2015 Decades in the making, and debating, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final bull trout recovery plan this week, outlining the conservation actions needed for the species to recover from its precipitous decline. Bull trout, a cold-water fish species that is highly susceptible to warming waters and habitat destruction, were once abundant in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada. Their numbers plummeted in the last 50 years …

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