Polar bears and wolves may get the glory, but small predators like weasels, foxes and their cousins play outsized ecological roles. And many of these species are declining fast.
Governments, scientists and conservation groups are working to protect 30% of Earth’s land and water for nature by 2030. Two scientists explain why scale matters for reaching that goal.
A recent study offers evidence that marine biology’s biggest stage is broken, and suggests ways to fix it.
China has rich natural resources and is seeking to play a leadership role in global conservation, but its economic goals often take priority over protecting lands and wildlife.
At the beginning there was an unknown noise… Decades later, we discovered a new species of owl.
Inbreeding usually leads to an accumulation of genetic defects, but evolution on a small archipelago may have helped the severely inbred Chatham Island black robin to avoid this fate.
It’s important that citizen science projects engage volunteers from across society, including young people. A new Australian initiative is doing just that.
Melanesia’s tropical islands are home to at least 700 species of frogs – many with tiny ranges. We must safeguard these biological treasures.
Standard marine protected areas with fixed boundaries can’t effectively shelter these ocean nomads.
Emperor penguins survive in a ‘Goldilocks zone’ between too much sea ice and too little. Climate change is having an impact.
Scientists don’t know what prompts turtle hatchlings to emerge from their nests and head for the water, but vibrations appear to play a role.
Honey bees, wild and native bees face threats from parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. Shorter winters, more extreme weather and more habitat destruction won’t help.
Published in 1962, ‘Silent Spring’ called attention to collateral damage from widespread use of synthetic pesticides. Many problems the book anticipated persist today in new forms.
Tackling this global problem requires an international effort – particularly by rich nations where the demand for exotic pets is increasing.
Yes, the new threatened species plan is better. But it’s nowhere near enough to actually prevent Australian species from dying out
Populations of Fleay’s barred frog in Australia’s ancient rainforests were decimated by the chytrid fungus. Now, the frogs have developed a natural resistance.
Cute and fluffy species get most of the attention that attracts resources to conserve them. But a new study finds people respond well to creepy crawlies if they’re given time in the media limelight.
Do you know zoopharmacognosy is? Some animals use trees to treat themselves.
Sharks are much more severely threatened by humans than vice versa. A marine biologist explains how people can help protect sharks and why some strategies are more effective than others.
The struggles of monarch butterflies reflect a shared North American ecological and social problem.