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COVID-19 has made us stop and notice the natural world we live in — and its been for the birds – literally! The National Audubon Society has seen downloads of its bird identification app in March and April doubled over numbers since the same time period last year, and visits to its website are also up dramatically, according to E&E News. Similarly, Cornell University has live bird cams and “visits” to that site have doubled, as well as public interactions with Cornell’s crowdsourced bird-logging app, eBird. On Cornell’s site you can check out Barred Owls (and their adorable chicks), Red-Tailed Hawks (and their chicks), and Savannah Osprey, among others. And you can take courses on bird identification, biology, and even their songs. I (Monica) am hooked – can’t stop watching these beauties! This one’s for you, Jessie G and David C!
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a lifelong diplomat from the United Republic of Tanzania, in late 2019 assumed the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in the countdown to the Convention’s 2020 Conference of the Parties with the potential for the sixth wave of mass extinctions hanging in the balance.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the first two months of 2021, more manatees have died than in the first two months of 2020 and 2019 combined, totaling an estimated 350 animals. Despite recently passed protections for Florida’s seagrasses, a crucial part of the ecosystem that supports manatees, the sea cows are starving at higher rates and experts worry this […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]
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