Modern, energy efficient street lights might feel like a welcome comfort when walking along the beach at night when it’s so dark the ocean has become a black expanse with only occasional dots of light from passing boats. But for species that forage and feed in the dark, broad spectrum lighting can interfere with the […]
The Sonoran Desert toad excretes a chemical that can induce a psychedelic experience so memorable that some people call it the “God molecule.” But, unfortunately, the largest native toad in the U.S. is not immortal. Conservationists are now warning that demand for the toad’s psychedelic toxin could put the species at risk.
In Panama, scientists, lawyers and politicians are working together to dismantle current legal systems and popular mindsets about Nature. And, they’re collaborating to build it back better for the future of their country and the planet. It all started with Callie Veelenturf, an American marine conservation biologist and National Geographic explorer. While studying sea turtles […]
In Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands, police have recovered 139 animals, most of which were invasive species and several of which are dangerous. The lineup includes iguanas, pythons, giant African snails, and caimans. Authorities, part of the Seprona environmental division of the Guardia Civil, investigated the property after the owner died, and word […]
The coral of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing “widespread” bleaching just two years after the reef’s last mass bleaching event in 2020. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said Friday it had observed the bleaching after conducting surveillance flights over the 1,243-mile reef, as AFP reported. “Bleaching has been detected across the Marine […]
Grasshoppers may seem very different from people, but there’s one thing some of them have in common with humans and other mammals: their teeth. It might seem like a safe assumption that all grasshoppers are vegetarian, but it turns out that not only do some species eat meat, they have also evolved the right teeth […]
The giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands are some of the most famous reptiles in the world, but there is still much more to learn about them. It turns out that the 8,000 or so giant tortoises that live on the island of San Cristóbal do not belong to the species scientists thought they did. […]
In some urban areas, street trees are the only close reminder of the wild natural world beyond the city limits of concrete and steel. A new study estimates that by 2050, 1.4 million street trees in the U.S. — which make up only a fraction of total urban trees — will be killed by invasive insects.
A bat previously believed extinct is now back from the dead. Researchers announced March 8 that they had spotted Hill’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hilli) for the first time in 40 years. “Rediscovering Hill’s horseshoe bat was incredible – it’s astonishing to think that we’re the first people to see this bat in so long,” Bat […]