Marine organisms can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces, study shows

A single plastic grocery bag could be shredded by marine organisms into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to new research. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Satellite reveals van Gogh got it right

By David Poulson Did Mother Nature look over van Gogh’s shoulder for this one? Or is it the other way around? Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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One wet winter can shake up San Francisco Bay’s invasive species

For many Californians, last year’s wet winter triggered a case of whiplash. After five years of drought, rain from October 2016 to February 2017 broke more than a century of records. In San Francisco Bay, biologists discovered a hidden side effect: All that freshwater rain can turn the tables on some of the bay’s invasive species. Source: Invasive Species...

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Dog sledding is big again in snowy Michigan

By Guest Contributor Winter is going to the dogs in Michigan–and that’s not a bad thing. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Invasive ‘supervillain’ crab can eat through its gills

Invasive green shore crabs can ‘eat’ by absorbing nutrients across its gills — the first demonstration of this ability in crustaceans — scientists have found. Source: Invasive Species News...

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New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a rainforest survey on Malaysia’s island state of Penang. A 117-member team documented flora and fauna from the tops of trees to the dark reaches of caves and discovered several species previously unknown to science living just miles from a major...

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Recently discovered fossil shows transition of a reptile from life on land to life in the sea

Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists report they have filled in some important clues to the evolution of animals that once roamed land and transitioned to life in the water. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Kestrels thrive in cherry orchards–and return favor

By Eric Freedman New homes may help save a declining bird species and, at the same time, protect economically vital cherry crops from orchard-damaging enemies. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Dahl’s toad-headed turtle threatened by fragmented habitat, shrinking populations

A recent study shows that the Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to alarmingly small and fragmented populations and high levels of inbreeding. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra’s increasingly fragmented forests

A research expedition tracked endangered tigers through the Sumatran jungles for a year and found tigers are clinging to survival in low density populations. The study found that well-protected forests are disappearing and are increasingly fragmented: Of the habitat tigers rely on in Sumatra, 17 percent was deforested between 2000 to 2012 alone. Their findings have...

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