New Species Discovered, A Swamp Creature Worthy Of Cinematic Stardom

It has been a while since we saw news of a species discovery, and this is no small matter, so thanks to Asher Elbein for this: A Salamander of Legend Emerges From Southern Swamps The reticulated siren is the largest vertebrate discovered in the United States in decades. It’s eel-shaped and leopard-spotted, and it has … Continue reading New Species Discovered, A Swamp Creature Worthy Of Cinematic Stardom

New Methods For Bee Species Protection In Photos

Thanks to the Guardian: City buzz: how urban beehives and artificial insemination are protecting Australia’s bees – in pictures Bee populations around the world are under significant threat from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease. Australian apiarists and scientists are developing innovative solutions to protect the country’s bee … Continue reading New Methods For Bee Species Protection In Photos

New Zealand, Invasive Species & Gene Editing

Thanks to Ed Yong and his editors at The Atlantic for this story on one country’s approach to rats: New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions. The first thing that … Continue reading New Zealand, Invasive Species & Gene Editing

Wildlife Conservation Society Announces Discovery Of New Bird Species

One of the conservation organizations we most admire announced some unexpected news via the CS Monitor: It can be easy to go unnoticed in a big city, and that may describe how the Cambodian tailorbird kept its low profile for so long. A team of scientists discovered the new red-headed, wren-sized bird in Cambodia’s urbanized … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Society Announces Discovery Of New Bird Species

The New Forestry In Germany

Gabriel Popkin offers this overview of the history of, and the new German approach to forest management in his article titled FOREST FIGHT, in Science: Germany invented “scientific” forestry. But a huge dieback triggered by climate change has ignited a fierce debate over how the nation should manage its trees SCHWENDA, GERMANY—Last summer, Friederike and Jörg … Continue reading The New Forestry In Germany

Species Discoveries Of 2021

The work of species discovery continues, even as extinction continues unabated: Natural History Museum identifies more than 500 new species in 2021 ‘Hell herons’, metallic beetles, tiny shrimp – scientists have been busy describing unusual creatures despite Covid restrictions Six new dinosaurs, an Indian beetle named after Larry the cat, and dozens of crustaceans critical … Continue reading Species Discoveries Of 2021

One More Reason Why Native Plant Species, Not To Mention Insects, Matter

As the curvy berm we started forming earlier this year, combined with 100+ newly planted trees, transition from wet season to dry season, we have been noticing an uptick in insects. While most of my early life experiences in Connecticut led me to believe that the world (or at least I) would be better off … Continue reading One More Reason Why Native Plant Species, Not To Mention Insects, Matter