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More Ravens, Aided By Humans, Could Threaten The Sage Grouse
2014-01-08 08:17:38

Wildlife Conservation Society A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls in sagebrush ecosystems are creating preferred habitat for common ravens that threaten sensitive native bird species, including greater sage grouse. The study appears in the January issue of the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Authors...

Upstream Forest Conservation Linked To Saving Fiji's Coral Reefs
2013-12-18 13:50:06

Wildlife Conservation Society The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity. In a study conducted by WCS and the University of Queensland evaluating the effects of terrestrial protected area designs on Fiji's coral reefs, it turns out that what's best for land ecosystems is also best for coastal corals....

Sahara Wildlife Collapse
2013-12-04 08:52:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world's largest tropical desert, the Sahara, has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The research team consisted of 40 scientists from 28 international organizations. They assessed 14 desert species, finding that half of those are regionally extinct or confined to one percent or less of their...

Human Expansion Squeezing Out Bonobo Populations In The Congo
2013-11-27 07:52:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The bonobo, formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee, is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations, according to the most detailed range-wide assessment ever conducted. The study, published in Biodiversity and Conservation, reveals that the loss of usable habitat is attributed to both forest fragmentation and poaching. The international team included researchers from University of Georgia, University of...

Scientists Urge Focus On New Branch Of Environmental Health
2013-11-20 09:49:14

Wildlife Conservation Society A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth's natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper's authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing and potential human health outcomes, including: Forest fires used...

Cave Paintings Found In Brazil Date Back To Ancient Hunter-Gatherers
2013-11-12 04:39:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local non-governmental organization, Instituto Quinta do Sol were recently tracking white-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari) and gathering data in Brazil's Pantanal and Cerrado biomes when they discovered ancient cave drawings made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago. The findings, published in the journal Revista Clio Arqueológica, demonstrate that...

New Humpback Dolphin Species
2013-10-30 08:25:36

[ Watch the Video: There's A New Dolphin In The Family ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers, led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the American Museum of Natural History, have discovered a previously unknown species of humpback dolphin swimming off the coast of northern Australia. The research team used both physical features and genetic data to study the evolutionary history of this family of marine mammals in order to determine...

Uganda Lion Populations Declining
2013-10-24 16:17:55

[ Watch the Video: Lions In Uganda On The Verge Of Disappearing ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online African lions have long been a powerful symbol of the continent’s untamed wilderness regions, but these majestic cats may not be strong enough to maintain healthy populations. Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of St. Andrews warn that Uganda's African lions are on the verge of disappearing from the country's national parks, in a...

Big Cats Love Calvin Klein's Obsession
2013-10-15 04:12:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the jury’s still out on which cologne is most appealing to women, researchers from the Bronx Zoo in New York have discovered that Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men” is the most effective fragrance on the market at appealing to large feline species such as cheetahs, jaguars and the panthers. Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) facility began conducting the scent-based experiments starting in 2010, and...

New Basket Traps Allow Juvenile And Non-target Fish Species To Escape While Increasing Incomes
2013-10-08 10:11:46

Wildlife Conservation Society Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute have achieved a milestone in Africa: they've helped build a better fish trap, one that keeps valuable fish in while letting undersized juvenile fish and non-target species out. By modifying conventional African basket traps with escape gaps, the marine researchers have proven that the new traps catch larger fish, allow more undersized and non-target fish...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'