Tagged: ecology

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40,000+ Antelopes Mysteriously Die

Death of Critically Endagered Antelope Herd Remains a Mystery (Kazakhstan) 40,000 of the critically endangered steppe-dwelling saiga antelopes have reportedly died—under circumstances which have left geoecologists and other researchers devastated. At first it started in May, with just a few of these majestic creatures found dead, which scientists thought to be normal, in keeping with past herd life cycles. One by one, the animals fell critical to their demise. Now, the entire herd of steppe-dwelling antelopes has been lost. It happened in just under a week. “The extent of this die-off, and the speed it had, by spreading throughout the whole calving herd and...

Lake Erie Water Snake, Member of the Northern Water Snake Species 0

Watch: Snake Gives Live Birth!

Traditionally, people think of all snakes as reptiles which ‘lay eggs’; in about 70% of cases, this would be true. The GIF below depicts what some Reddit users speculate to be a Northern Water Snake. Like a Water Moccasin or copperhead, the species is ovoviviparous, meaning that it gives birth to live young. The main difference between the water snake and a copperhead is in the venom: While a copperhead is considered a pit viper and is one of the only venomous water snakes in North America, the Northern Water Snake is nonvenomous and will merely inflict a nasty bite. Watch: Northern Water...

Songbirds are subject to numerous environmental issues as a result of road noise, according to one study. 0

Noise Pollution from Highways Could Be Destroying Habitats

Noise Pollution Could Be An Environmental Health Risk to Songbirds A study released from Stanford University has found that nearby roadways could be destroying natural wildlife habitats. The study suggests that wild animal population densities are growing smaller and smaller near actual highways. The study attempted to recreate these conditions by implementing a ‘phantom road’ in a nearby ‘roadless’ natural habitat by filling it with acoustic recordings of noise traffic from other highway sources. The study was carried out over the course of Autumn bird migration. The birds that remained in the area to forage were affected physically, with decreased body conditions...