Dispatches

Saving the Ghosts of the Forest
Saving the Ghosts of the Forest

by Merri Collins

The silky sifaka is a rare species of white lemur, known in Madagascar as the “ghost of the forest”, for its ability to evade the human eye by swinging swiftly through the tree tops. Silkies are one of…

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- Jun 15, 2012
The Delicate Balance of Species Dependence
The Delicate Balance of Species Dependence

by Kathryn Dixon

What do horseshoe crabs, and red knots have in common? Survival. Two different, but vital, annual migrations bring these animals together every year. Both are fighting to survive.

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- Jun 12, 2012
Do you know the Pudú?
Do you know the Pudú?

by Merri Collins

Pudú are the world’s smallest deer species, found in the temperate forests of South America. Like other deer, pudú eat foliage, shoots, twigs, bark, buds, fruit and seeds.

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- Jun 08, 2012
Preservation of Wild Places May Help Protect Human Health
Preservation of Wild Places May Help Protect Human Health

by Kathryn Dixon

In eco-immunology, a young new field of scientific research, the main goal of researchers is to understand how the spread of disease in wildlife is exacerbated by human and environmental elements (like…

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- Jun 05, 2012
Isle of Lewis: Wind Farm or Bird Sanctuary
Isle of Lewis: Wind Farm or Bird Sanctuary

by Michael Warren

According to a new article published by the BBC, such is the case on the Isle of Lewis. Located in Scotland, Lewis currently boasts to have one of the highest eagle population densities in Europe.

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- Jun 04, 2012
English county creates otter underpass
English county creates otter underpass

by Merri Collins

Earlier this year officials in Hereforshire County, located in the West Midlands area of England, built an underground passage to help lead otters to the other side of Road A438 safely. Otters crossing…

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- Jun 01, 2012
40th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
40th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

by Merri Collins

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service recognized the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

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- May 24, 2012
Allergies and Asthma Could be Related to Biodiversity Loss
Allergies and Asthma Could be Related to Biodiversity Loss

by Lillian Steenblik Hwang

A recent Finnish research study suggests that a decline in biodiversity in the plants, animals and microbes in our daily environment may be linked to rising rates of allergies and asthma.

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- May 19, 2012
Venus Flytrap Poachers Arrested in North Carolina
Venus Flytrap Poachers Arrested in North Carolina

by Kathryn Pardo

RALEIGH, NC—Venus flytrap poaching may not seem like the most lucrative crime for those looking for an easy buck, but the uprooting of these plants to sell in roadside stands and markets is threatening…

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- Feb 15, 2012
Wolf Culling Enacted by Government
Wolf Culling Enacted by Government

by Kathryn Pardo

WASHINGTON, DC—The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to implement aerial hunting of wolves this year, using federal funds to support the culling. The ultimate goal of this plan is not to effectively…

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- Feb 12, 2012
Universities Turn to Green Energy
Universities Turn to Green Energy

by Kathryn Pardo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At least seven colleges and universities now receive 100 percent of the electricity they use from green power sources, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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- Nov 09, 2011
Conservation Group Sues NPS Cypress Management Plan
Conservation Group Sues NPS Cypress Management Plan

by Kathryn Pardo, Jessica Gottlieb, Jessica Schmonsky

A conservation organization has filed suit against the National Park Service, accusing the government agency of failing to protect critical Florida panther habitat in Big Cypress National Preserve. The…

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- Oct 13, 2011

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