Plants and Animals

A Bold Attempt to Save Wild Ocelots from Extinction

A Bold Attempt to Save Wild Ocelots from Extinction

Research veterinarian Ashley Reeves had a rough week in mid-August. She had hoped to artificially inseminate ocelots at three zoos as part of a project to save these small, elegant spotted cats in the wild. But one female failed to ovulate, another had complications with her egg, and sperm for the third had lost much of its motility—its ability to …

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You May Want To Rethink Adding Extra Lighting To Your Garden

You May Want To Rethink Adding Extra Lighting To Your Garden

Outdoor light fixtures can have an impact on the general health of the insects and animals that call your backyard home. Moths may confuse the fixtures with the moon, which they use to navigate. Many winged insects are attracted to the illumination, leading to their death and decreasing populations. This could also cause spiders to feast on the bugs around outdoor …

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Hurricane’s Effects on Marine Mammals, Fish, and Plants

Hurricane's Effects on Marine Mammals, Fish, and Plants

Hurricanes affect marine life differently, depending on whether they can move or are stationary.  Marine mammals and fish often head for deeper water, but seagrass and oysters have to stay put. After a hurricane, increased levels of freshwater, bacteria, and debris can also harm marine life.  Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a …

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how ocean heatwaves might affect marine life

how ocean heatwaves might affect marine life

By Alex Sen Gupta and Katie Smith Since April, the world has seen record high ocean temperatures and that’s bad news for the marine life like plants and animals that call the ocean home. Longer and more frequent bouts of extreme temperatures can cause the exodus of some species and the invasion of others, with potentially devastating impacts on the resident ecosystem. …

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New NRCS Certification Available Through Partnership With Texas Corn Producers

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NEW Certification … Certification verifies knowledge of conservation and sustainability of various natural resources PUBLISHED ON September 3, 2023 The certification verifies individuals have obtained exceptional knowledge and skills in the areas of conservation and sustainability of various natural resources including soil, water, air, plants and animals. (Photo: Unsplash, Getty Images) TEMPLE, Texas — A new NRCS Fundamentals of Conservation & …

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Should You Be Shaking Your Plants?

Should You Be Shaking Your Plants?

While it’s definitely not a good idea to violently shake your plants, research supports how occasional, gentle shaking (emphasis on gentle) can initiate an inherent gene response to physical stimuli at a cellular level, activating mechanisms that support cell wall growth, nutrient-sensing, and even immune defense. Thigmomorphogenesis is considered an “adaptive trait associated with increased fitness,” meaning plants that demonstrate this response …

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How to Grow and Care For Bird-of-Paradise Plants 2023

How to Grow and Care For Bird-of-Paradise Plants 2023

With their striking leaves and petals, bird-of-paradise plants bring a little something exotic to any home or garden. Their origami-esque tropical flowers really do resemble a bird in flight, and they come in a variety of colors from sunset hues to creamy white. They may seem like the kind of high-maintenance prizes best left to experienced gardeners, but bird-of-paradise plants …

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In Costa Rica, The Search For National Geographic’s Soul

In Costa Rica, The Search For National Geographic’s Soul

LA FORTUNA, COSTA RICA – MARCH 26: Arenal, a dormant volcano, is seen in the background as a … [+] kinkajou makes its way across the forest floor. Getty Images It must be down there, buried deep. The still-beating heart of National Geographic. The spirit that once inspired every traveler’s soul. In recent years, National Geographic has seemed off: Eight …

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Why We Must Protect Bees: The Planet Depends On Pollinators

Why We Must Protect Bees: The Planet Depends On Pollinators

Bees have been in the news a lot recently. Millions of bees escaped when their hives fell off a truck in Canada. Hundreds of almost 3,000-year-old mummified bees were discovered in a paleontological site on the coast in Portugal. And a striking snapshot of just one busy mason bee memorising landmarks to build a nest in Germany was highly commended …

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Florida Wildlife Corridor promoted through Brooksville Main Street mural project

Florida Wildlife Corridor promoted through Brooksville Main Street mural project

When people support the Wildlife Corridor Foundation Mural Project in Brooksville, they’ll get the rare opportunity to celebrate the wildlife of Florida and support those sublime artistic expressions that capture the natural beauty discovered in the Sunshine State. Additionally, they will provide funding for award-winning artist Justin Alsedek to paint the largest mural in the history of Brooksville on the …

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