ecology

Wildlife in tropics hardest hit by forests being broken up

Tropical species are six times more sensitive to forests being broken up for logging or farming than temperate species, says new research.
Pope Francis Scolds Nations for ‘Weak’ Response to Climate Crisis

Pope Francis Scolds Nations for ‘Weak’ Response to Climate Crisis

Pope Francis upbraided political leaders for their half-hearted response to the climate crisis Wednesday, suggesting that their weak resolve in cutting emissions reveals a lack of political will.

France bans two US pesticides, citing risk to bees

French authorities on Wednesday banned two US pesticides which ecologists deem harmful to bees.

How do world's smallest sea turtles become stranded in Cape Cod?

A computational analysis has surfaced new insights into the wind and water conditions that cause Kemp's ridley sea turtles to become stranded on beaches in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Xiaojian Liu of

Living at the edges

Resembling an overgrown house cat with black-tipped ears and a stubby tail, the Canada lynx, a native of North America, teeters on the brink of extinction in the U.S. The few lynx that now roam parts

Silverswords may be gone with the wind

Silversword plants of Hawai'i—known by their Hawai'ian name 'ahinahina which translates to very grey—are unique to the Maui's Haleakalā volcano summit area and to the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes

National Park Service scientists: Does aircraft noise make birds more vocal?

National Park Service scientists analyzed nearly 1 million 10-second audio recording samples from national parks across the country and discovered a small increase in bird sound detection when an

Trump's border wall threatens an Arizona oasis with a long, diverse history

A few hundred yards from the Mexican border in southern Arizona lies a quiet pond, about the size of two football fields, called Quitobaquito. About 10 miles to the east, heavy machinery grinds up the
Scientists Created Open Source Tools to See in Animal Vision

Scientists Created Open Source Tools to See in Animal Vision

The software turns photos taken with anything from a smartphone to high-end equipment into how a bee, fish, or mammal sees the world.

Young tree swallows carry environmental stress into adulthood

Cornell University researchers have found that colder temperatures during tree swallows' development stage has an effect on swallows later in life.

Characterizing whale vocalization can help map migration

Killer whale pods each have their own set of calls they use to communicate, sometimes referred to as the pod's "dialect." By characterizing an individual pod's calls, researchers can track the pod's

Australia's threatened birds declined by 59% over the past 30 years

Australia's threatened birds declined by nearly 60% on average over 30 years, according to new research that reveals the true impact on native wildlife of habitat loss, introduced pests, and other

In the Atlantic's far south, cameras reveal biodiversity gem

From the ship's deck, there nothing to see but deep blue water, not the remotest sign of a marine paradise that lies just a few metres (feet) below the waves.

To save Everglades, guardians fight time—and climate

Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees

New expert findings seek to protect national parks from invasive animal species

More than half of America's national parks are facing a grave and immediate threat: the ongoing presence and spread of invasive animal species. The National Park Service has taken the first step in

New research highlights an integrated approach for managing aquatic invasive species in California

Though small and somewhat nondescript, quagga and zebra mussels pose a huge threat to local rivers, lakes and estuaries. Thanks to aggressive measures to prevent contamination, Santa Barbara County's
Bus Driver Fined $11,000 for Running over Rare Tortoise

Bus Driver Fined $11,000 for Running over Rare Tortoise

The driver of a tour bus on the Galapagos Islands has been fined over $11,000 for having accidentally run over a tortoise in danger of extinction, damaging the creature’s shell.

Whaling and climate change led to 100 years of feast or famine for Antarctic penguins

New research reveals how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ecosystem.

In hunted rainforests, termites lose their dominance

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as its biggest threat. But when elephants and other large herbivores are lost to hunting, the termite's troubles are just beginning.

Red tide is back in Florida and rare egrets are at risk

A lethal Gulf Coast red tide that littered beaches with dead wildlife in 2018 is back and this time around, it's claiming one of North America's rarest bird species.