North America has lost around 3 billion birds since 1970, study finds

North America has lost around 3 billion birds since 1970, study finds

A new study found that North America has approximately 3 billion fewer birds that there were in 1970. The loss represents a 29% population decline, making it an "overlooked biodiversity crisis" according to the authors. "I couldn't believe that…

Up to 600 dolphins washed up along Atlantic coast of France this year

Up to 600 dolphins washed up along Atlantic coast of France this year

Up to 600 dolphins have washed up on beaches along the Atlantic coast of France since the start of 2019. Although dead dolphins wash up on beaches in France every year, scientists say the situation is alarming. Two different surveys, according to The Local, showed…

Researchers define a new ocean-life zone, name it the Rariphotic

Researchers define a new ocean-life zone, name it the Rariphotic

Smithsonian scientists have recently defined a new ocean-life zone, comprising of reef fishes, including numerous new species, that live well below shallow coral reefs. The new zone was named Rariphotic. The new zone was defined based on the unique fish fauna…

Whales and dolphins have rich ‘human-like’ cultures and societies

Whales and dolphins have rich ‘human-like’ cultures and societies

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects – much like human societies. A major new study, published recently in Nature Ecology & Evolution, has linked the…

Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest…

82 false killer whales dead after stranding in Florida Everglades

82 false killer whales dead after stranding in Florida Everglades

95 false killer whales, large members of the dolphin family, have stranded along Hog Key in the Florida Everglades this weekend. Attempts were made to try and herd the animals back out into deeper water but 82 have died and 13 are unaccounted for. To date, it is the…

Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

The number of Stellar sea lions, Alaska's endangered population, continues to decline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the recently conducted survey revealed the number of sea lions across Alaska is increasing, however,…

Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

A new research conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) team of scientists indicates the worldwide severe decrease in the number of amphibian population cannot be stopped or reversed abruptly, and the key solution to this global phenomenon will lie in local…

More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are…

Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia…