A Test Of Nevada's Solar Tower Project Torched Over A Hundred Birds  

In what's turning into a public relations headache for the solar industry, news has emerged that a recent test of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada resulted in some 130 birds catching fire, when they flew into an area of highly concentrated solar energy. » 2/19/15 12:30pm 2/19/15 12:30pm

How Tourist Garbage Causes Yellowstone's Morning Glory To Change Color

Decades ago, the Morning Glory pool at Yellowstone National Park was a gorgeous deep blue. But because tourists have thrown coins, rocks, and trash into it for years, the spring has now turned into a sickly yellowish green. Now, a new optics study is shedding light on the pool's unfortunate change of color. » 2/11/15 1:20pm 2/11/15 1:20pm

Why Dingoes Could Be The Solution To Australia's Feral Cat Problem 

Feral cats are a huge problem in Australia, feeding off more than 400 of Australia's animal species. A new study has discovered that tiny, endangered animals fare better in areas populated by dingoes, suggesting these canine cousins could be used as effective conservation tools. » 2/09/15 12:20pm 2/09/15 12:20pm

Conservationists Have Restored Shackleton and Scott's Antarctic Shacks

Thanks to a ten-year effort by an international team of experts, the structures used by Antarctic explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott have been salvaged and restored to their original condition. » 2/04/15 1:19pm 2/04/15 1:19pm

Our First Glimpse Of Chester Zoo's New Baby Black Rhino!

Meet Fara — an Eastern black rhino that was born in Britain's Chester Zoo this past weekend. Here are some amazing pics, along with remarkable footage taken of her birth. » 2/03/15 4:00pm 2/03/15 4:00pm

Meet The Parasitic Worm That's Killing Giant Pandas

Pandas used to die of starvation, which was easy to resolve. But now they're being plagued by a parasite — and we don't have a vaccine. » 1/29/15 10:20am 1/29/15 10:20am

It’s Survival Of The Most Useful When Protecting Species

Consensus is growing that we are steering towards a sixth mass extinction event. There are calls for increased efforts to stop the accelerating loss of plants and animals. But do we really need to protect all species from global extinction? » 1/13/15 6:40am 1/13/15 6:40am

A Koala Soaks His Paws After Being Rescued From A Bush Fire

A bush fire in Adelaide, Australia imperiled humans and animals alike this week. Jeremy, the young male koala pictured here, was the first bushfire victim to pass through the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organization's wildlife clinic. » 1/10/15 8:34am 1/10/15 8:34am

Yunnan, China's Vanishing Paddy Fields

Photographer Samuel Peck recently visited Yunnan, China to capture images of its paddy fields. The region's vast swaths of flooded, arable land are among the largest and most scenic on Earth. When he arrived, however, Peck learned of their rapid disappearance – a vanishing act spurred by aggressive urbanization and a… » 1/07/15 5:00pm 1/07/15 5:00pm

Stop Picking On Crows: Study Reveals the Birds Aren't Evil Predators

We are huge fans of crows here, and now a new meta-analysis of 42 studies reveals that corvids don't have a negative impact on prey species. So South Africa's campaign to poison crows appears to be misguided. » 12/23/14 3:00am 12/23/14 3:00am

Today is the ground breaking ceremony for the $50 billion Nicaragua Canal. This despite the fact that no environmental or social assessment has been made available to the public. The 172 mile (278 km) canal will take five years to rebuild, resulting in the displacement of 29,000 people and unknown ecological… » 12/22/14 3:40pm 12/22/14 3:40pm

Conservation Scientists Sign Global Treaty To Recognize Animal Culture

Last month, delegates at the UN Convention on Migratory Species passed an unprecedented resolution acknowledging that some social animals have culture, and that conservation scientists need to be sensitive to this if their efforts are to be effective. » 12/15/14 2:20pm 12/15/14 2:20pm

These Might Be The Loneliest Whales in the World

Humpback whales can be found all over the world's oceans, despite the heavy beating they took in the era of industrial whaling. They undertake one of the longest annual migrations feeding at high latitudes and breeding near the equator. But there's one peculiar group of humpbacks who live life a bit differently. » 12/04/14 7:52pm 12/04/14 7:52pm

The British Government Wants To Build A Tunnel Under Stonehenge

In an effort to ease traffic around the region, the British government has announced proposals to bury the A303 highway under Stonehenge. The howls of outrage have begun. » 12/02/14 1:02pm 12/02/14 1:02pm

Camera-Traps Detect "Extinct" Wallabies In Western Australia

Using strategically placed camera-traps, conservationists in Australia have found signs of spectacled hare wallabies — a species that hasn't been seen in the area for the past 10 years. » 11/24/14 8:20am 11/24/14 8:20am

Intoxicated Birds Can Sober Up Safely In This Yukon Drunk Tank

This is that special time of year when birds in the Yukon get plastered by eating fermented berries. The drunks birds fall out of trees, fly into objects, and pass out. To help, local environmentalists have set up a special holding tank where they can sober up. » 11/21/14 9:20am 11/21/14 9:20am

An interesting twist on wildlife policy: Authorities have listed the Gunnison sage grouse (cf. the Greater sage grouse) as "threatened," claiming conservation efforts have reduced threats enough to give the bird a "more flexibly protected status." Environmentalists are disappointed, claiming the designation fails to… » 11/12/14 6:00pm 11/12/14 6:00pm

The Secret That Botanists Are Keeping From The Public

With its small bright green leaves and dangling, pearl-white flowers, Raven's Manzanita is instantly recognizable—except that nobody sees it anymore. Botanists won't disclose the location of the last known wild specimen in California. They've concluded that secrecy is the best way to protect rare species. » 11/06/14 10:20am 11/06/14 10:20am

Researcher Who Found 'Puppy Sized Spider' Received Death Threats

Last month, Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki's wrote a blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in South America. The post went viral. A few days later, Naskrecki was receiving death threats. Why? For collecting one of the specimens he described in his post, and placing it in a museum. » 11/02/14 1:26pm 11/02/14 1:26pm