Footprint ‘reading’ tech is a new way to protect rhinos

New software helps track rhinos by their footprints, bringing "a centuries-old tracking skill into the 21st century," says Zoe Jewell.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species algorithms science-and-technology

Female leopards are early birds, males are night owls

Scientists thought leopards were most active at dusk, but a new study shows it's not so cut and dry. Females are early birds and males are active at night.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species science-and-technology earth-and-environment time predators

National parks may also preserve trait diversity

In addition to providing homes for endangered and threatened species, national parks can protect the trait diversity of mammals, new research finds.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation mammals endangered-species ecosystems earth-and-environment national-parks costa-rica

Blame milkweed loss for steep monarch declines

Loss of milkweed is the most likely reason for the incredible loss of monarchs, a new study of 1.4 million butterflies shows.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment

Elephant ‘highways’ pave the way to better conservation

Elephants trample through thick forest vegetation to get to water holes. The trails they make offer clues to better approaches to conservation.

Amy Patterson Neubert-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems elephants science-and-technology

Elephant ‘highways’ pave the way to better conservation

Elephants trample through thick forest vegetation to get to water holes. The trails they make offer clues to better approaches to conservation.

Amy Patterson Neubert-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems elephants science-and-technology

In risky times, parasitic birds lay eggs in more baskets

To boost their odds of survival in unpredictable habitats, birds known as "brood parasites" hedge their bets by spreading eggs across other birds' nests.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds eggs parasites science-and-technology

Racism in cities harms animals and the environment, too

Researchers urge more focus the environmental impact of racism, including on ecosystems, plants, and animals. They say those effects also harm human health.

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation biodiversity racism earth-and-environment

Monarchs from east and west fly differently, but still mate

Even though eastern and western monarch butterflies have different styles of migration, they're genetically the same, researchers report.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: genetics conservation butterflies science-and-technology flight

Cold War spy satellite captures threat to marmots

When an American pilot went down over the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the US launched a spy satellite. Its data now helps monitor the bobak marmot.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation agriculture rodents ecosystems satellites earth-and-environment

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