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2013-10-02 12:24:16

Over the past few decades, crop breeders have increasingly relied on the wild and weedy relatives of domesticated crops as new sources of disease resistance, drought tolerance, and other traits. But just like all wild plant species, these "crop wild relatives" (CWR) are also at risk of decline and extinction due to habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, two speakers will describe the latest efforts to identify and protect the wild relatives of domesticated...

2013-09-29 23:04:42

Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund continues support of youth engagement and restoration on one of the busiest national forests, the San Bernardinos. (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 Southern California Mountains Foundation has been awarded a $24,200 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Southern California Mountains Foundation’s efforts in restoring high impact areas on the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) engaging youth, ages 11-17,...

European Conservation Efforts Successful
2013-09-26 15:09:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Study after study seems to bring bad news for conservationists, but a new analysis of European wildlife shows that conservation efforts appear to be having a positive effect. Performed by the Zoological Society of London, Birdlife and the European Bird Census Council, the analysis found that species such as bears, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers across Europe over the past 50 years. “Wildlife will bounce back...

New Understanding Of Biological Systems On Regional To Continental Scales Fostered From NSF Grants
2013-09-26 09:50:45

National Science Foundation Macrosystems biology awards support predictive understanding of large-scale biological responses to climate, land-use change Have you looked closely at a local pond, meadow or forest and observed changes in it over time? That's exactly what scientists are trying to do on a larger, regional to continental scale--a macrosystems biology scale. Macrosystems biology might be called biological sciences writ large. To better detect, understand and predict the...

2013-09-25 23:33:43

The $25,000 grant will support the Center's conservation efforts to help the Hawaiian monk seal. Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013 The Marine Mammal Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) in recognition of The Marine Mammal Center’s efforts to save the Hawaiian monk seal species from extinction. This grant will help fund The Marine Mammal Center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts to give sick, injured and orphaned...

Cane Toad Caught Trying To Eat A Bat
2013-09-25 04:20:50

[ Watch the Video: Cane Toad Couldn't Stomach This Bat ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talk about a Kodak moment – a park ranger working in the Peruvian rainforest managed to capture a picture of a cane toad attempting to dine on a bat, complete with the airborne rodent’s wings sticking out of its mouth. According to Phil Torres of Rainforest Expeditions, the picture was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Cerros de Amotape...

2013-09-24 23:02:39

Donated Flight Lands Loggerhead in the Care of the Sea Turtle Rescue Program Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) September 24, 2013 A private pilot from New Jersey stepped up to the plate to transport a threatened sea turtle to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for treatment. William Kindle, a board member for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, flew the 75-pound juvenile loggerhead to Charleston on his Cessna Citation II aircraft earlier today. The...

2013-09-24 23:02:09

Combined Organization Will Expand and Accelerate Conservation Outcomes Arlington, VA (PRWEB) September 24, 2013 The Nature Conservancy and Rare today announced their intent to merge, combining forces to accomplish greater conservation outcomes together than either organization could alone. Under the combined organization, Rare, known for its ground-breaking Pride campaigns, aimed at inspiring and empowering local people to conserve their natural resources, will retain its identity and...

World's Forests Moving Uphill
2013-09-24 14:15:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A relaxing stroll through the woods is increasingly becoming an intense cardiovascular workout, as a new report from researchers at Aarhaus University in Denmark indicates that that the world’s forests are slowly being relegated to steep, mountainous slopes. According to study author Brody Sandel, the increasingly efficient removal of trees from flat areas around the world raises concerns about the biodiversity of the world's forests...


Latest Conservation Reference Libraries

Monito del Monte, Dromiciops gliroides
2014-04-30 10:08:55

The monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides), Spanish for little bush monkey, is a species of marsupial that can only be found in southwestern areas of South America, specifically in Argentina and Chile. This species prefers to reside in Valdivian temperate rain forests and mountain bamboo forests. It was once thought that this species is descended from marsupials living in Australia, but studies have shown that Australidelphia marsupials most likely originated in South America and later moved...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Selasian wood, Cinnamomum parthenoxylon
2014-02-10 07:32:18

Cinnamomum parthenoxylon is an evergreen tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Selasian Wood, Saffrol Laurel or Martaban Camphor Wood. The plant is a member of the Lauraceae family. It is indigenous to south and eastern Asia, specifically, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Cinnamomum parthenoxylon trees grow anywhere between 33 and 66 feet tall. Its trunk and branches are covered by a grey or...

Sequoia slender salamander, Batrachoseps kawia
2014-02-06 10:04:58

The Sequoia slender salamander (Batrachoseps kawia) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California, ranging the western Sierra Mountains in California and the Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits deciduous woodlands, mossy green areas and coniferous forests. The Sequoia slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.3 to 1.8 inches long from snout to vent.  As its common name implies, its small, slim body...

San Gabriel slender salamander, Batrachoseps gabrieli
2014-02-06 09:49:23

The San Gabriel slender salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and it is found ranging from the San Gabriel Canyon, in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains to Kimbark and Waterman Canyon in the extreme western San Bernardino Mountains. The San Gabriel slender salamander grows to lengths between 1.5 and 2 inches. As its name implies, its small, slim body gives this salamander an almost wormlike...

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