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Increase in whale strandings causes concern

Increase in whale strandings causes concern

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Whale and dolphin strandings and deaths may be on the rise due to sonar. In the past few years, whale strandings have risen, says a spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in a May 4 article on ABC News. The DEC isn't sure why whales are stranding more frequently, he says, but it plans to investigate the causes.

Increase in whale strandings causes concern

Rodent eradication declared a success in South Georgia

Rodent eradication declared a success in South Georgia

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

50 tonnes of rodenticide spread by helicopter to remove invasive species. South Georgia has been colonised by invasive rodent species. These introduced rodents feed on the eggs and young of ground-nesting native birds, which can offer no resistance. Every year thousands, perhaps millions, of young birds are eaten alive by rats.

Rodent eradication declared a success in South Georgia

Forearms point to Tasmanian tiger as a solitary hunter

Forearms point to Tasmanian tiger as a solitary hunter

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, really was more like a solitary stalking tiger than a wolf, says a study into the bones of this extinct marsupial in the latest Biology Letters. That means it wasn't a direct competitor with the introduced dingo - raising questions about exactly how this top predator met its untimely demise in mainland Australia.

Forearms point to Tasmanian tiger as a solitary hunter

Look out for the little guys - smaller fish more vulnerable than thought

Look out for the little guys - smaller fish more vulnerable than thought

Posted Mon, 02 May 2011 19:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Small fry may be at greater risk from population plunges than the big predatory fish, says a study out today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That flips the convention that has fish species at the top of the food pyramid as most vulnerable to pollution and overfishing pressures; anchovies and sardines need looking after too.

Look out for the little guys - smaller fish more vulnerable than thought

Curious or cowardly - how greenfinches personality shines through

Curious or cowardly - how greenfinches personality shines through

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:38:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

An experimental study on greenfinch personality has shown that being brave or curious has real biochemical consequences, when it comes to defending against dangerous oxidants. Braver and bolder finches show better antioxidant defenses than more timid and less adventurous birds, says the study in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Curious or cowardly - how greenfinches personality shines through

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Oceanic eddies 300-miles wide don't just stretch across the surface of the ocean - they reach down to its depths, helping to connect isolated areas of the mid-oceanic ridges, and even providing 'lifts' to their inhabitants. So claims a new paper in Science which shows that these rotating currents help bring the 'seasons' of the surface to the darkest corners of the oceans.

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:10:00 GMT by Louise Murray

In a wildlife spectacle, a massive aggregation of over 300 humpback whales followed the biggest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in twenty years into bays in the Western Antarctic peninsula. The humpbacks were gorging on swarms of the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. Almost all life in the Southern Ocean is ultimately dependent on the protein-rich crustaceans, from seabirds, seals and penguins, to the filter feeding whales.

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:05:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

In one of the biggest mass-participation studies of its kind, 6,000 members of the public across Europe have helped document the evolutionary track of banded snails over the last fifty years. The Evolution Megalab project, published today in PloS One, shows that warmer temperatures are influencing snails in some areas – and threw up some interesting surprises.

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:46:00 GMT by Laura Brown

The government announces measures to kill the non-native species that is becoming a pest. The UK government is to remove a species of parakeet from the British countryside because it poses a threat to crops, electricity grids and native birds.

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:46:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

The continental USA sits on the North American Plate which shares near coastal boundaries with the Caribbean and Pacific Plates and two smaller tectonic plates. Earthquakes are a geological fact of life in America, but the nation has escaped a major earthquake for more than 100 years and this, according to a report by the National Research Council (NRC) has led to a false sense of security in Americans. America has suffered moderate to strong earthquakes in recent decades, but these have struck in sparsely populated regions.

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:23:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists have discovered flame retardant chemicals in peregrine falcon eggs. The study looked at eggs that had failed to hatch in falcon nests around Spain and Canada, including the Great Lakes Region. It was discovered that the levels of chemical compounds were higher in the eggs of birds living in coastal environments.

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Humpback whale song - Whales singing in the vast expanses of the oceans introduce new song elements into their repertoire each year, creating new 'remixes'. And the most popular tunes quickly ripple across the oceans in a massive cultural interchange that has no known parallels outside of homo sapiens. So say scientists studying Pacific humpback whales.

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

Tigers to return to Central Asia

Tigers to return to Central Asia

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:04:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Kazakhstan government announces programme to reintroduce tigers. In an unexpected announcement, WWF-Russia and the Kazakhstan government have initiated a programme to reintroduce tigers to Central Asia. The Kazakhstan government has taken steps to deal with poaching and habitat loss, the two biggest threats to the tiger reintroduction programme.

Tigers to return to Central Asia

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by David Hewitt

The Earth Times caught up with one of London's top bee experts to discover what's prompting growing numbers of city-dwellers to set up hives in their own back yards. From New York to Paris and all points in between, city-dwellers are embracing the simple pleasures of beekeeping in their thousands.

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:51:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

With the one-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill disaster looming in the near future, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has released a report written by senior scientist Dr. Doug Inkley that details the current state of both the wildlife and the wetlands in the region. Although the report's findings indicate that some species have begun to show signs of recovery, many others are still in peril and will require the help of legislators, conservation groups, scientists and regulatory bodies in order to survive.

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:30:01 GMT by John Dean

The Co-operative has launched the Pan Bee project to create a series of 'Bee Roads' across the UK to act as main routes for pollinators including bees. As part of its £750,000 Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative will help identify and convert corridors of land to create and secure habitats for pollinators, starting in Yorkshire.

Taking the Plan Bee roads

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Posted Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Posted Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spot (or hear) the vole - in the snow

Posted Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Posted Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bad news for corals and divers.

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Voyage to/from Ancient New Zealand

Posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Glaucus has a twin!

Posted Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Invading beetles threaten autumn colours

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:58:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Humpback whales singing different songs

Posted Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:09:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:03:12 GMT by Paromita Pain

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

Posted Tue, 15 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New flood warnings for New York as Tropical Storm crosses northeast

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:46:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Why We Should Mix-and-Match Forests

Posted Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Male bonding works for dolphins too

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:01:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Earthquake strikes Spain, killing at least eight people

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 20:05:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Humming in the Rain: Precipitation and Anna's Hummingbird Flight

Posted Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong