Arkive’s Week in Review — Wildlife News
ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.
Article originally published on Friday, Feb 27, 2015
Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s
Researchers believe that the decline in the number of glacous winged gulls reflects changes in the availability of marine food. Considering that gulls are the ultimate diet generalist, their decline suggests some profound changes to local marine ecosystems.
Article originally published on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
European beavers pair up for life and never cheat
Less than 5 percent of animals are believed to pair together for life, yet not without instances of cheating. One of the exceptions appears to be the Eurasian beaver who is completely faithful to its partner for its entire life. Conversely, the American beaver is known to mate with others besides their partner.
Article originally published on Sunday, Mar 1, 2015
Hoary bat may become Hawaii’s state mammal
A bill has been introduced to designate the endangered hoary bat as the state’s official land mammal. They are solitary creatures that have a wingspan of only 12 inches.
Article originally published on Monday, Mar 2, 2015
Incredibly rare bird sighted
The critically endangered Zapata rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai) was finally seen for the first time in almost four decades. Fewer than 400 Zapata rails are estimated to exist. They belong to the genus Rallidae which includes the Aldabra rail.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015
Peacocks’ tails make noises too low for humans to hear
Peacocks make ‘infrasound’ noises with their tails that are about as loud as a car going by a few meters away. Researchers hypothesize that in males the sound could be used to attract females or ward away other males.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Last ditch: Mexico finally gets serious about saving the vaquita
There are reportedly less than 100 vaquita on the planet. The Mexican government announced that it would ban gillnet fishing in the vaquita’s habitat for two years and fisherman would be compensated for their lost income.
Article originally published on Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
WCS re-discovers ‘extinct’ bird in Myanmar
Jerdon’s babbler had not been seen in Myanmar since July 1941. At the beginning of the 20th century, the species was common in the vast natural grassland that once covered the Ayeyarwady and Sittaung flood plains around Yangon.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA