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, Apr 3, 2015
‘Lazy’ sea lion sons rely on mothers milk while diligent daughters learn to hunt
For the first two years of their life, male Galapagos sea lions barely make any effort to hunt. Meanwhile, many young females hunt at sea even before their mothers wean them.
Article originally published on Saturday, Apr 4, 2015
How do hummingbirds fly in wind and rain?
Researchers placed hummingbirds within a wind tunnel to observe their response to different wind speeds. They twist their bodies to accommodate the airflow which expends more energy, but allows them to continue flying in place.
Article originally published on Sunday, Apr 5, 2015
Florida wildlife officials ask people not to ‘help’ gopher tortoises
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Department urged people to not help gopher tortoise hatchlings to the ocean, since they cannot swim. The announcement was made after three instances occurred of people trying to help. The public was reminded that not all turtle species can swim.
Article originally published on Monday, Apr 6, 2015
Aceh’s purge of illegal oil palm at 3,000 hectares and counting
Oil palm plantations are being removed to protect the people from ecological disaster. The plantations lie within the protected Leuser Ecosystem (KEL), the last place where the Sumatran rhino, elephant, tiger, and orangutan coexist in the wild.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015
Overfishing leads to crashes in sardines and other forage fish
Forage fish are essential food for bigger predators thus playing a vital role within the ecosystem. U.S. fisheries managers are deciding whether to shut down fishing for Pacific sardines since stocks are declining.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015
The truth about magpies
Magpies have a notorious reputation for being thieves of shiny baubles and preying upon the defenseless chicks and eggs of songbirds. The reality however, is that they are interested in objects, their shininess is irrelevant. While they may prey on songbirds, there is no evidence to suggest they cause population crashes.
Article originally published on Thursday, Apr 9, 2015
Farmers urge return of jaguars to protect crops
White-lipped peccaries damage farmers’ crops in Brazil as their populations grow and farmers are considering alternatives to hunting. One option is maintaining well-connected jaguar habitat on their agricultural properties thereby allowing jaguars to naturally control peccary populations.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA