biodiversity

Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

By John R. Platt A few times a year, wildlife officials in Texas receive excited phone calls. “I just saw something that looks like a really big cat, or maybe a giant weasel,” a caller might say. “Was it a jaguarundi?” No, they’re not reporting a sighting of a mythical beast like the chupacabra. But […]

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    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    The epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a small species of reef shark with a set of unique abilities. It can use its fins to walk both in and out of the water, and it can go without oxygen for up to two hours.  These traits have helped the species succeed in rapidly-changing coral reef environments, […]

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    With the world experiencing more extreme weather due to climate change, landscapes are being altered and ecosystems are having to respond quickly. So which species are going to struggle and which are going to fare relatively well as extended droughts, heavy rains and floods reshape the world’s terrain? In a new study, biologists Christie Le […]

    The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

    The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

    By Anne Pinto-Rodrigues On a warm afternoon in March, Plantina Mujai busily cooks up a meal in the kitchen of her café in Khweng village, in the Indian state of Meghalaya. She’s dressed in a crisp white and green jain kyrshah, the traditional checkered cloth worn by women of the Khasi community, the largest ethnic group […]

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    By Liz Kimbrough In the mountains of Colombia, an experienced bird-watcher saw an iridescent flash of blue and green. “A hummingbird caught my attention. I got out my binoculars and was shocked to see that it was a Santa Marta sabrewing,” Yurgen Vega said. “This sighting was a complete surprise, but a very welcome one.” […]

    Marine Life Defenders: UN Talks ‘Last Chance’ for Global Ocean Treaty

    Marine Life Defenders: UN Talks ‘Last Chance’ for Global Ocean Treaty

    By Jessica Corbett As the fifth and final round of talks for an international treaty to protect the high seas began at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday, conservationists across the globe warned world leaders that this may be the “last chance” for a necessarily ambitious agreement. The ocean has absorbed over 90% of heat from […]

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    By Derrick Z. Jackson The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch (pictured above). In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island. This was clear as she led me to nesting areas there for Atlantic puffins. Over […]

    Protect This Place: Italy’s World Heritage Beech Forests

    Protect This Place: Italy’s World Heritage Beech Forests

    By Olivia Box The Place Nestled at the very edge of the toe of mainland Italy you’ll find Aspromonte National Park, one of the wildest places in Italy. It sits at the end of the Apennines, which start just below the western Alps and run through central Italy to the toe of the country’s “boot.” […]

    U.S. Virgin Islands Protects Land From Development With New Parks System

    U.S. Virgin Islands Protects Land From Development With New Parks System

    The U.S. Virgin Islands have created a new system of parks within over 30 areas that will now be protected from commercial development, while being preserved for nature and outdoor recreation. Hundreds of acres across sites on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are now preserved within the new Territorial Park System, which includes […]