Month: June 2019

Areas cleared of forests bleed heat to neighboring forests, and this fuels increases in temperatures there, new research has found. Average temperatures in forests around the world are already rising because of climate change; this leaked heat exacerbates the problem and accelerates local extinctions of forest-dwelling species. A Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii), a species endemic
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Cats don’t speak our languages, so it can be difficult to understand exactly what they’re trying to say. Although they’re known for being independent animals, they do need love and affection and enjoy being with their human family. In fact, there are many ways cats show their love for us, we just might not recognize
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In Whāingaroa/Raglan on New Zealand’s (NZ’s) west coast, trapping for introduced mammals that prey on endangered native birds is something of a competitive sport. Karioi Project, a local conservation NGO named after the bushclad volcano that backs the small surf town and houses a significant population of endemic oi (grey-faced petrels, Pterodroma gouldi), has established
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Every March, birders spill into the canyonlands outside of Austin, Texas, to search for Golden-cheeked Warblers. The tiny black-and-white songbird, with vibrant yellow splashed across its face, is the state’s sole endemic bird, and a federally protected species with an estimated population of 27,000. In early spring the birds migrate up from Central America to nest in
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(Picture Credit: BERKO85/Getty Images) Most cats love summer. It’s a great time to get out and nap at the beach, nap in the yard, or nap on the boat. Even indoor cats can have more sunny spots to nap in thanks to the longer days. Just make sure you’re staying safe in the heat! Some
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(Picture Credit: Grant Faint/Getty Images) Does your dog lean on you? Most dog owners have experienced a dog leaning on their legs at least once in their lives. Your dog simply sits or stands next to you and casually leans a bulk of her weight against your calf. And, more often than not, it is
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Our vast world is quite a splash of natural design and color. From the uniqueness of a raindrop splatter, the individual characteristics of an iris, the shape and form of a flower or plant, and the genetic coding of anything that lives, nature has created awe-inspiring blueprints for everything that we can see and hold.
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Dumb criminals make everyone’s jobs so much easier. Three poachers were arrested, convicted, and banned from hunting, fishing, and trapping worldwide for three years after they illegally killed a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park and posted photos of their “trophy” on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The social media trail made it easy for authorities
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While her UCLA classmates spent their free time in the sun, Lisa Hanawalt passed hers away in local pet shops, chatting up parrots and learning their personalities. Eventually, she got her own when a neighbor handed off his ex-wife’s lovebird. The relationship didn’t last long. “She was the most hateful creature,” Hanawalt says. “She would bite
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For most people, the term “therapy animal” conjures up visions of a dog—maybe a Lab or Golden Retriever—visiting facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and schools to interact with patients, residents or students. It’s a bias that Natalie Pond, marketing and strategic partnerships coordinator for Bellevue, Washington-based Pet Partners, is very familiar with. But while dogs
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American Golden-Plover. Photo: Mick Thompson/Eastside Audubon WASHINGTON (June 25, 2019) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the second appropriations bill in a week that increases funding for critical conservation programs. “Minibus number 2” (H.R. 3055) prioritizes the protection of important lands, funding for bird programs, monitoring and research, restoration of coastal habitat, and
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(Picture Credit: Dion Thompson Photography/Getty Images) Summer has arrived, which means the hot weather is here to stay for a while. That also means that we need to protect our cats when the heat gets extreme. A heatwave can be dangerous for outdoor and indoor cats, alike. Cats can suffer from heatstroke just like humans
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