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Updates of conservation efforts in the fields of genetics, biology and ecology by a Master of Science student. Plus topics that interest me in general, loosely related to conservation :)
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Claim: Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated - TG Daily

Claim: Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated - TG Daily | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
TG Daily Claim: Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated TG Daily Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report...
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Special for Earth Day - Ecology Global Network

Special for Earth Day - Ecology Global Network | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Special for Earth Day
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Celebrating Earth Day, new National Science Foundation resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity.
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Peter Phillips's comment, May 2, 1:16 AM
just what I was after for my VCE Env Sci class... thanks!
Peter Phillips's curator insight, May 2, 1:19 AM

Every organism on Earth, from microbes to plants to large predators, has evolved unique survival mechanisms and distinct ecological roles... recent findings about how geckos climb up vertical walls and walk across ceilings led to the development of new adhesives...

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Every day is 'green' day as South Bay toddlers learn conservation - Easy Reader

Every day is 'green' day as South Bay toddlers learn conservation - Easy Reader | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Every day is 'green' day as South Bay toddlers learn conservation
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When her daughter entered preschool, Kathleen Jacecko was quick to note the trash bin in the classroom.
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Education of the younger generations is the key. 

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Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of Rainbow Trout

Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of Rainbow Trout | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of Rainbow Trout
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“In humans and most vertebrates the duplication events were older so there are fewer duplicated genes still present.
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United Nations Proclaims March 3 as World Wildlife Day - Environment News Service

United Nations Proclaims March 3 as World Wildlife Day - Environment News Service | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Environment News Service United Nations Proclaims March 3 as World Wildlife Day Environment News Service The General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its contributions, including “ecological, genetic, social, economic,...
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Four new species found off Scottish coast

Four new species found off Scottish coast | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Large sea snail, marine worm and two kinds of clam are believed to live near a cold seep vent in north Atlantic (Four new species found off Scottish coast #oceans #biology #wildlife http://t.co/2Wht9ceFJK)...
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Editorial: Endangered Species Act threatened

Editorial: Endangered Species Act threatened | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
A bill in Congress poses a serious threat to the Endangered Species Act.

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, December 28, 2013 10:38 AM

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is endangered in my opinion.  Everywhere it seems, States are trying to butcher the Act so that they don't have to protect endangered Species or their habitat they depend on in order to survive.  They don't want their way to or ability to mine or drill hampered by some animal.  We must all fight this any where we see it.  

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Threatened Canada lynx may be on rise in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (12/28/13 12:08 pm)

Threatened Canada lynx may be on rise in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (12/28/13 12:08 pm) | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Although rarely seen, the Canada lynx appears to be increasing in number in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, an encouraging sign for a species the state considers endangered.

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, December 28, 2013 10:58 AM

..."In the last century, the elusive animals were pushed out of the state — and many other parts of the country — largely because of the destruction of their forest habitat."  

They don't mention the impacts of trapping for their furs has had on the Species.

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Envirotracker

Envirotracker | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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For the upcoming Australian federal election, make sure you know which parties support the environment. It has never been so important, especially given that today is world overshoot day (we have used up the sustainable resources the earth is capable of creating for this year - anything we use from now until the end of the year is "borrowed" from future generations)

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Prince William wants son George to embrace conservation issues - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Mother Nature Network (blog) Prince William wants son George to embrace conservation issues Mother Nature Network (blog) According to The Daily Mail, the Duke of Cambridge gives an "animated" interview, discussing how becoming a father has changed...
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Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Old-growth trees store half rainforest carbon

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Old-growth trees store half rainforest carbon | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News (Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Old-growth trees store half rainforest carbon http://t.co/cicQq1aEWj)...
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Mountain Shadows owls take flight, released from wildlife rehab - Colorado Springs Gazette

Mountain Shadows owls take flight, released from wildlife rehab - Colorado Springs Gazette | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

The three great horned owls that were removed from their nest in Mountain Shadows in May were released back into the wild Sunday, after spending two months in...

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We've been asking the wrong questions about conservation - The Guardian

We've been asking the wrong questions about conservation - The Guardian | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
We've been asking the wrong questions about conservation The Guardian In looking at how best to protect wildlife from the growing climate change crisis, conservation scientists usually ignore the single most significant impact on fauna and flora:...
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Understanding the ecology of species and their likely responses to climate change is helpful, but understanding how humans are going to be affected by climate and what this impact will be on those species is far more important.

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Conservation From the Last of the Wild to the Least of the Wild - Huffington Post

Conservation From the Last of the Wild to the Least of the Wild - Huffington Post | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Conservation From the Last of the Wild to the Least of the Wild
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It is an opportune time to note that conservation today is taking place to a large extent in two distinct places: the last of the wild and the least.
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"Even in our highly unnatural cities, the very human desire to connect with nature has also given rise to countless parks and gardens...

With their high concentrations of educated residents who value their environment and the idea of sustainable use of natural resources, cities are both incubators for innovative technologies and provide a constituency for conservation." 

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Australia's native wildlife under threat as land stewardship declines

Australia's native wildlife under threat as land stewardship declines | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Feral invaders and the disappearance of outback land management practices driving species extinction (Australia’s native wildlife facing unexpected threat from urbanisation: http://t.co/zw2F6Ccw7n)...
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“When there are few people in the Australian outback, the country starts to degrade. The bush may look intact but species are dropping out.” ... the problem has been exacerbated by fewer people actively managing pastoral leases in northern Australia. ....there should be more support for Indigenous wildlife rangers and better incentives for people to live and work in the outback. ...speech on the topic at the TedX gathering in Sydney on Saturday.

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Bio-Duck: Scientists Solve Mystery of Strange Ocean Sounds

Bio-Duck: Scientists Solve Mystery of Strange Ocean Sounds | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
New study provides conclusive evidence that mysterious ocean sounds known as bio-duck are produced by Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis).
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Four Conservation Experts Look Back on and Beyond 40 Years of the ... - National Geographic

Four Conservation Experts Look Back on and Beyond 40 Years of the ... - National Geographic | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Vital Ground Safeguards More Habitat for Grizzlies & Other Wildlife in Western ... - National Geographic

Vital Ground Safeguards More Habitat for Grizzlies & Other Wildlife in Western ... - National Geographic | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Dr. Jordan Schaul provides some recent news regarding Vital Ground's continued efforts to protect wildlife habitat in Montana.
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Brush Up on Your Endangered Species Knowledge with This Cool Infographic

Brush Up on Your Endangered Species Knowledge with This Cool Infographic | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Infographic’s are very handy visual aids, offering up a plethora of information in a simple, creative, and organized way.

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Australia has many endangered spieces, amongst them the Orange-bellied Parrot, the Forty-spotted Pardalote, and the Tasmanian Devil. Then again, our government isn't really doing much to help them. 
Our country is not the only one with endangered species: brush up on your knowledge of endangered species of the world. 

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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
One government biologist discovered the best way he could help save polar bears was to quit his job.

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With global warming threatening species such as the polar bear, scientists have been racking their brains on how to protect them. One of the important ways of increasing awareness of the problem is to keep the story public. 

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Chameleons Use Color to Communicate, Biologists Say - Sci-News.com

Chameleons Use Color to Communicate, Biologists Say - Sci-News.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Sci-News.com Chameleons Use Color to Communicate, Biologists Say Sci-News.com Biologists at Arizona State University have discovered that veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) change colors in unusual ways when they interact with other...
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This news-piece includes a fantastic short video showing Chameleons interacting in a territorial situation. The winner is the one who is able to make the other retreat. They have been observed to use colour to interact as well, changing to green and yellow colours during interaction as opposed to their resting brown colouring. 

 

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Native trees help wildlife – so why do councils plant so many exotic ones? - The Guardian

Native trees help wildlife – so why do councils plant so many exotic ones? - The Guardian | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Native trees help wildlife – so why do councils plant so many exotic ones?
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The differences can be stark and remarkable: native trees tend to harbour far more wildlife than exotic species.
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Olinguito: New Species of Mammal Found in Colombia, Ecuador - Sci-News.com

Olinguito: New Species of Mammal Found in Colombia, Ecuador - Sci-News.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Sci-News.com Olinguito: New Species of Mammal Found in Colombia, Ecuador Sci-News.com Biologists from the United States, Ecuador and Panama have described a new species of carnivore from the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, and named it the...
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Farm bill's Conservation Reserve Program preserves birds ...

Farm bill's Conservation Reserve Program preserves birds ... | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Like canaries in the coal mine, declining bird populations across America's grasslands are early warning indicators of much bigger ecosystem disruptions that affect us all. The birds are still singing to us, but they are doing so ...
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Kenya's elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist

Kenya's elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Richard Leakey was in Nairobi this week with news that ivory poaching, and illegal sales in Asia, may accelerate overall trend downward.
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