Category Archives: Ecological Restoration

Monarch Butterfly Populations Are Plummeting

Both Eastern and Western monarch butterflies are seeing their populations plummet precipitously, worrying scientists that the future of the species is in peril, according to multiple surveys of butterfly populations. The New York Times recently reported on efforts to track the Western monarch butterfly, which spends its winter on California's central coast before heading off to…
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Warming, acidic oceans may nearly eliminate coral reef habitats by 2100

Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely meet serious challenges, according to new research presented in San Diego at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. Scientists project 70 to 90 percent of coral reefs will disappear over the…
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The most dangerous and invasive species in Florida | Photos

More than 500 non-native fish, wildlife and plant species live and thrive in Florida. What’s the problem? Exotic creatures and vegetation — from iguanas to Burmese pythons to lion fish and air potato vines — threaten native species and cause serious economic damage, says the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. There are several hundred…
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Alien Species Reconsidered: Finding a Value in Non-Natives

The tale of the honeybee is a sadly familiar one: a once-thriving species is on the ropes. After brutal bouts with mites and fungi, honeybees are now facing their most dangerous threat yet: a mysterious disease called colony collapse disorder. In the winter of 2010 alone, U.S. beekeepers reported losing 34 percent of their hives…
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Florida’s black bears remain off limits from hunters — but only for now

The Florida black bear will remain off limits from hunters, but only for now. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved a 10-year management plan and decided there was no need to schedule a hunt to control the growing population of bears in the wild. But despite intense pressure from conservation groups, animal advocates…
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Thought extinct for 30 years, the starry night toad is rediscovered

At less than two inches in size, and with a stunning coloration of shiny black skin with white spots, these marvelous little critters can be found in just one location—Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the tallest and most remote coastal mountain ranges on Earth. In fact, the amphibian’s common name is an ode to…
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Poor water conditions drive invasive snakeheads onto land

The largest fish to walk on land, the voracious northern snakehead, will flee water that is too acidic, salty or high in carbon dioxide—important information for future management of this invasive species Snakeheads eat native species of fish, frogs and crayfish, destroying the food web in some habitats. They can survive on land for up to…
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US and Canada have lost more than 1 in 4 birds in the past 50 years

A study published today in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, signaling a widespread ecological crisis. The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups of birds and habitats -- from iconic songsters such as meadowlarks to long-distance migrants…
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