Monthly Archives: November 2018

Can Applying Psychology Encourage Private Land Conservation?

Considering the motivations of landowners in conservation can help tailor programs for effectiveness. Continue reading

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Captive Pandas: Are We Raising Them to be Picky-Eaters?

“Panda” by Kevin Dooley is licensed under CC 2.0 Thanks to aggressive conservation efforts by China and international groups, the population of giant pandas is beginning to stabilize, and the giant panda is no longer considered an endangered species. Despite … Continue reading

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Species adrift: What do European bison and a rare flower have in common?

Twelve. There are twelve individuals to whom all European bison (Bison bonasus) alive today trace their lineage (Slatis 1960). After the species was hunted to near extinction in the late 19th century, the European bison, historically abundant across Europe, is … Continue reading

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There’s no place like home – or is there? How riparian reserves are helping tropical birds thrive

Just like the Wicked Witch of the West, oil palm plantations have swept bird habitats up into a tornado of destruction. So, are tropical bird species doomed to extinction from habitat loss? Is it time to stop purchasing and toss out all of your products containing palm oil? Or, can we click our heels three times and help the birds return home like Dorothy? According to an article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology by Mitchell et al., it is possible for oil palm plantations and bird communities to coexist, but only if riparian reserves of a certain size and quality are present. Continue reading

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Turn Off the Lights: Illuminating the Effects of Light Pollution on Ecosystems

A recent study has revealed something alarming: artificial light pollution may be more damaging to the environment than previously thought, affecting all trophic levels within a community. Published in Journal of Applied Ecology from the Environment and Sustainability Institute at … Continue reading

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An Unorthodox Approach: How Lampreys can help Conserve Great Lakes Fish

Who knew that the best way to save native fish species might be by letting lamprey coexist with them? Although this sounds counterintuitive, the idea has been proposed for the Great Lakes region by researchers. Dams are currently situated at … Continue reading

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Can Crowdfunding Team Work Make the Biodiversity Conservation Dream Work?

Technology is rapidly changing. With the creation of the Internet new methods of communicating and connecting people across the world like Facebook and Twitter have evolved. These platforms have revolutionized how information is spread around the world. Could online crowdfunding … Continue reading

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