A second form of contagious cancer has been found in eight Tasmanian devils across southeastern Tasmania. This makes researchers question the rarity of transmissible cancers.
Thanks to California’s ongoing drought, nearly 888 million trees have experienced drought-related stress since 2011. Of these trees, 58 million have reached dangerous water-loss thresholds, researchers say.
Although fish biomass is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts, a new study suggests the metric doesn't provide the whole story. As a result, researchers are calling for the establihsment and maintenance of larger, more permanent "protected areas" for marine life to thrive.
Global salt marsh erosion is largely driven by regular weather patterns, rather than the occasional violent storm.
A New England songbird species known as Bicknell's Thrush is threatened by both climate change and competition. Not only is their habitat being shifted to higher elevations, limiting their range along the Adirondack Mountains, but their behaviorally dominant relatives are pushing them uphill, too.
Nationwide, various agencies and organizations collect used Christmas trees after the holiday and make use of them in ways that include grinding them for garden mulch or building up sand dunes to prevent erosion. In West Virginia, the Department of Environmental Protection will be collecting Christmas trees to make up fish habitat in local lakes. If you live near there, the trees can be turned in Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Market in Charleston.
A 50-year study recently revealed that southern giant petrel seabirds living on the Antarctic island of Signy have experienced substantial population declines and reduced breeding success.
Evergreens may soon disappear from the Southwest region of the U.S. if climate change scenarios play out as expected, researchers say. Not only will we lose beautiful natural forests, but doing so also means less carbon storage.
A deadly pathogen that causes skin lesions is threatening European salamander populations and is spreading to parts of Asia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. A recent study highlights new conservation methods employed to ensure the deadly pathogen doesn't spread to North America, a hotspot for salamander biodiversity.
Utah's Henry Mountains is home to a viable population of genetically pure, disease-free American bison. Researchers say this could open new doors for improved conservation of these animals, which were recently named the U.S. National Mammal.
Volunteers with the Massachusetts Audubon Society have rescued nearly 120 "cold-stunned" sea turtles from shores of Cape Cod Bay. Researchers at the New England Aquarium will spend the next few days slowly warming the animals to get their body temperatures back to normal.
The extinction of large fruit-eating animals from tropical rainforests could make climate change worse. Researchers suggest refocusing conservation efforts to ensure these animals are around to disperse trees’ seeds and promote growth in these essential carbon sinks.
Female elephants are the matriarchs of their social groups. Researchers discovered that when a female elephant is killed by a poacher, their daughter readily steps in to fill her shoes. This suggests the animals have an unwavering resilience to pressure by humans.
Parasitic nest flies threaten Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands. Based on a recent study, however, researchers from the University of Utah suggest human intervention could help save these iconic birds.