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    Fungi Species New to Science Discovered in Scottish Highlands

    Fungi Species New to Science Discovered in Scottish Highlands

    Citizen scientists have helped to discover a fungus previously unknown to science in the soil of the Scottish Highlands.  Scientists analyzed 219 soil samples collected by hiking volunteers from 55 “Munros” — or mountains — in Cairngorms National Park last year and found that hidden in the dirt was a new species of fungus from […]

    Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

    Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

    Government scientists in the UK could soon begin tests for giving oral contraceptives for grey squirrels in the country. The hope is to control this invasive species without killing the animals. The current plan is to set up feeding boxes that only the grey squirrels can access, using hazelnut spread containing the contraceptives as bait. […]

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Is market-based decision making compatible with a sustainable relationship between people and nature?  A new assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that decisions about nature are being made based on a narrow range of values that precipitate biodiversity loss.  “Biodiversity is being lost and nature’s contributions to people […]

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok has introduced many interesting trends, from cleaning hacks to fashion styles. But a recent stunt to relocate animals, like frogs and ladybugs, and release millions of these creatures into non-native habitats is putting ecosystems at risk. In early 2022, TikTok user thinfrog began posting videos of frogs in a paddling pool near his home. […]

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    The popular pastime of birdwatching has many healthy benefits for people and the planet, including immersion in nature — which has been shown to be beneficial for mental health — breathing fresh air, exercise, exposure to natural vitamin D, socializing and building togetherness through birdwatching communities and increased appreciation for nature. There were approximately 15.23 […]

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Protecting biodiversity isn’t just important for its own sake; it’s essential for human wellbeing too. A new report from the The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – which is often described as the “IPCC for biodiversity” – found that billions of people depend on 50,000 wild species for food, medicine, fuel […]

    Why Are Toads Climbing Trees in the UK?

    Why Are Toads Climbing Trees in the UK?

    The common toad (Bufo bufo) is usually observed hopping along the ground or croaking from a pond or other body of water.  That’s why citizen scientists in the UK were surprised when they went looking in trees for bats and dormice and found toads hanging out as high as three meters (approximately 10 feet) from […]