ecology

Deer hunting limited in Western US states after tough winter

Hunting guide Mike Clark normally has more than 20 clients lined up each fall for trips deep into Wyoming's western wilderness to shoot mule deer, prized by hunters for their size and impressive

Nepal on target to meet aim of doubling tiger population by 2022

The wild tiger population in the world has declined by more than 98% in the past 200 years; the present tiger population of 3,643 is only 5% of the population a century ago. Concerned by this sharp

Lead poisoning deaths up in New Hampshire loons despite law

More than year after New Hampshire passed one of the nation's toughest bans on using lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting fishing weights and lures.

Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States.

Wolves' return to Oregon brings conflict and opportunity

Wolves were once so plentiful in the abundant forests that would become Oregon that the earliest settlers gathered from far and wide to discuss how to kill them.

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain

Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies and others that the agency illegally created some

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide

They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution—but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health,

Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?

A researcher in Norway launched the latest salvo Wednesday in a fierce, sometimes caustic debate on how legal hunting impacts the poaching of large predators.

EU trade ban brings down global trade in wild birds by 90 percent

Trade of wild birds has dropped about 90% globally since the EU banned bird imports in 2005. A study published today in the recognized scientific journal Science Advances demonstrates how the EU's ban

'Black goat' to thrive again in Israel

A breed of goat limited for decades by law in Israel is expected to prosper once again in the Jewish state.

Felling pines: Doing it sooner rather than later is better for fynbos

Here is some advice for landowners who want to remove pine trees from their properties in the hope of seeing fynbos plants grow there again: if you have any choice in the matter, do so before the

What can albatross poo tell us about climate change?

Sometimes science leads to unexpected places. Just ask Julie McInnes. She measures the effects of climate change by studying fresh albatross poo.

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world's oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to

The secret to turtle hibernation is butt-breathing

To breathe or not to breathe, that is the question.

Strong hosts help parasites spread farther

Large, physically strong Masu salmon disperse farther when infected with parasites, potentially escaping from further infections at the contaminated site but ironically resulting in the greater

Expansion of tuna quotas 'step backward' for conservation

The 51-nation tuna fisheries body for the Atlantic and Mediterranean boosted quotas for highly prized bluefin despite scientific findings that doing so could threaten the species' recovery, delegates

Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change

Nature itself can be the best defense against climate change for many species—at least in the short term­—according to a study published in the journal Ecology Letters from the University of
Beneath Antarctica's Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

Beneath Antarctica's Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

Whoever you are, whatever you do, your job is almost certainly boring as hell compared with the researchers who spent the last six weeks diving beneath Antarctica’s sea ice to study alien life forms