Posted on November 28, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A whitetip reef shark. Photo courtesy NOAA.
Study says recreational anglers need more and better info
A little education could go a long way toward spurring more support for shark conservation among recreational anglers, said a team of scientists who recently questioned anglers on the subject.
The study, led by University of Miami scientists, showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they had prior knowledge of shark conservation. Continue reading
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Posted on November 24, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A loggerhead sea turtle off the coast of New England. Photo courtesy NOAA/Matthew Weeks.
Scientists say pro-active mitigation could reduce risk
Marine biologists already know that a number of ocean species are at risk from massive seismic blasting operations used to map oil and gas reserves beneath the ocean floor. A new study by scientists with the University of Exeter warns that seismic surveys may also threaten sea turtles.
The review, published in the journal Biological Conservation, found that compared to marine mammals and fish, turtles are largely ignored in terms of research attention and are often omitted from policy guidelines designed to mitigate the environmental risks of seismic surveys. Continue reading
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Posted on November 22, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is afflicting snakes across the Midwest and Eastern US, shares many traits with Pseudogymnoascus destructans the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report. Credit
Spread of snake fungal disease mirrors bat-killing white-nose syndrome
U.S. Geological Survey scientists said they’ve identified the fungus that’s been taking a toll on snake populations in parts of the U.S. and warned that global warming could put more snakes at risk.
The fungal disease killing snakes has some eerie similarities to white-nose syndrome, which has wiped out bat populations across the eastern half of the U.S. The snake and bat pathogens emerged in North America in the mid-2000s. Both are moving from east to west across the United States and into parts of Canada. Continue reading
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Posted on November 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Adélie penguin populations are growing as Antarctica warms up. @bberwyn photo.
Study shows growing population since end of last ice age
Global warming is expected to take a toll on some penguin populations, but other species could thrive — at least for a while.
Shrinking glaciers are opening new breeding areas for Adélie penguins in East Antarctica, perpetuating a 14,000-year trend of population increases, according to a new study published in the open access journal, BMC Evolutionary Biology. Continue reading
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Posted on November 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Boreal toads in Colorado, and other amphibians around the world, may benefit from the results of a new treatment that can eliminate a deadly fungus.
New treatment could help protect vulnerable species
Scientists in the UK and Spain say they’ve developed a way to tackle the amphibian-killing chytrid fungus in a way that could help protect wild populations of amphibians.
Their research is a major breakthrough in the battle against the deadly disease, which has affected over 700 amphibian species worldwide; driving population declines, extirpations and species extinctions across five continents. Continue reading
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Posted on November 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Not much love for endangered species like lynx at a recent Western Governors’ Association workshop. Photo courtesy Tanya Shenk/Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Recent workshop focused on industry gripes
For the apparent lack of anything productive to do, the Western Governors’s Association is apparently trying to cook up new ways to weaken the Endangered Species Act for the benefit of developers and extractive industries.
The association held a workshop last week, ostensibly to “encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act,” but that is just more Orwellian doublespeak, according to watchdog groups, who pointed out that speakers during the meeting “overwhelmingly represented industries and political interests opposed to protections for endangered species.” Continue reading
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