Stories about Animals

April 10, 2019

Climate change causing more far female sea turtles

Pollution, coastal development, toxic algae, and gillnets all pose a threat to the existence of sea turtles but climate change may pose the biggest threat of all. It turns out that the heat of the sand where eggs are buried ultimately determines whether a sea turtle...

April 9, 2019

Bright Lights Kill Millions of Birds In Big Cities

It’s spring and time for annual bird migrations, but for the more than 70 percent of U.S. birds, which are migratory, it is increasingly dangerous. A new study published last week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is shedding “light” on the...

April 8, 2019

Two Cool Things: Great New Nature Documentaries

Environmentally-themed documentary films and TV series are having a Renaissance.  Last week, National Geographic debuted a new six-part nature series from Guillermo Navarro, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer of the feature film Pan’s Labyrinth.  The...

April 4, 2019

Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan’s last controversial “scientific” whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary just concluded, Japan Today reported.  The government said they killed 333 minke whales, and of those, 122 of them were pregnant females.  Japan will no longer...

April 1, 2019

Frog plague worse than scientists originally thought

In the early 1990s, researchers linked the mass die-offs of frogs around the world to a fungus they named Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd for short. The fungus ravages frogs’ skin and makes it peel off–which for amphibians, their skin is critical to...

March 27, 2019

Thousands of cane toads invade South Florida

Staggering numbers of toxic bufo toads, or cane toads as they’re commonly known, have invaded Palm Beach Gardens, Florida much to the dismay of the town’s 55,000 residents. The amphibians have swarmed people’s pools, yards, sidewalks and because of...

March 26, 2019

Ending the “pet” trade for big cats will save lives

Big cats don’t make good pets but you might be shocked at how many of these magnificent animals are being held in captivity in private homes, often living in atrocious conditions that not only endanger their lives but those of people in the surrounding...