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2009-08-18 15:20:00

Natural Resource Conservation Service to use monitoring technique for stream assessmentsThe results of a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study that rapidly measures stream habitat have been adopted by a government agency working with private landowners to restore waterways throughout the U.S.The results of the study, which assess the relationship between streamside vegetation and migratory songbirds, are being used by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource...

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2009-07-30 12:40:00

Scientists have discovered a songbird with a bald head - the first of a new species of songbirds in Asia. Writing in the July issue of the Oriental Bird Club's journal Forktail, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Melbourne say the "Bare-faced Bulbul" is the first new species of bulbul to be discovered in Asia in more than 100 years. Scientists describe the bird as greenish-olive with a light-colored breast, distinctive featherless, pink face with bluish skin...

2009-07-14 12:57:25

The Wildlife Conservation Society says a new subspecies of monkey has been discovered in a remote region of the Amazon in Brazil. The organization said the monkey is related to saddleback tamarins, which include several species of monkeys known for their distinctively marked backs. The new subspecies was first seen by scientists on a 2007 expedition into the state of Amazonas in northwestern Brazil. Researchers have dubbed the monkey Mura's saddleback tamarin (saguinus fuscicollis mura) after...

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2009-07-14 11:30:00

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that critically endangered alligators in China have a new chance for survival. The WCS's Bronx Zoo, in partnership with two other North American parks and the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Management of the State Forestry Administration of China, has successfully reintroduced alligators into the wild that are now multiplying on their own.The alligator hatchlings"”15 in number"”are the offspring of a group of alligators...

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2009-07-07 15:05:00

Monkey is threatened by proposed dams and other development in regionThe Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the discovery of a new monkey in a remote region of the Amazon in Brazil.The monkey is related to saddleback tamarins, which include several species of monkeys known for their distinctively marked backs. The newly described distinct subspecies was first seen by scientists on a 2007 expedition into the state of Amazonas in northwestern Brazil.The discovery was published...

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2009-06-24 10:05:00

While cancer touches the lives of many humans, it is also a major threat to wild animal populations as well, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).A newly published paper in the July edition of Nature Reviews Cancer compiles information on cancer in wildlife and suggests that cancer poses a conservation threat to certain species. The WCS authors highlight the critical need to protect both animals and people through increased health monitoring."Cancer is one of...

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2009-06-18 14:31:07

New study shows that fecal DNA sampling provides extremely accurate estimates of tiger populations The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today a major breakthrough in the science of saving tigers: high-tech DNA fecal sampling. According to the study, researchers will be able to accurately count and assess tiger populations by identifying individual animals from the unique DNA signature found in their dung. In the past, DNA was collected from blood or tissue samples from tigers...

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2009-06-17 16:20:00

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change according to a study by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups.The international team of scientists has proposed that bans on fishing gear - like spear guns, fish traps, and beach seine nets "“ could aid in the recovery of reefs and...

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2009-05-08 14:37:51

Researchers in the forests of central Africa have observed methods used by mother gorillas to keep their families in line. The report, published in the journal Primates, marks only the second time such activity has been seen among wild western lowland gorillas. While monitoring at the Lac Tele Community Reserve Project in the Republic of Congo, Ammie Kalan of Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, UK and Hugo Rainey of the Wildlife Conservation Society, noted that they clapped their hands in...

2009-04-23 17:45:00

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of International Earth Day, the Director General of Afghanistan's National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) declared Band-e-Amir as Afghanistan's first national park. This official designation affords legal protection to the lakes and surrounding landscape, and will ensure sustainable environmental management for this area of great natural beauty. Since 2006, the United States Agency for International Development...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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