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A collection of interesting biodiversity news from February (09/03/17)

Marine
 
Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean
 
Deep-sea squid points a big, bulging eye up and a tiny eye down
 
Underwater meadows that protect humans from deadly bacteria in alarming global decline

Terrestrial
 
Bat hibernation: Scottish quest to solve puzzle 
 
Wet summer means less sparrowhawks, say Norfolk conservationists
 
Why are the geese on a pond in King’s Lynn turning white?
 
Norfolk’s area of outstanding natural beauty
 
Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life
 
Mysteries of elephant sleep revealed
 
Bumblebees can tell who visited flowers by smelly footprints
 
Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico drops after one-year recovery
 
Plant keeps moths captive inside its fruits for almost a year
 
Orangutan squeaks reveal language evolution, says study
 
Why grey wolves kill less prey when brown bears are around
 
Seeds offer clue to domesticated plants' larger size
 
Huge otter fossil, millions of years old, discovered in China
 
How birds of a feather evolved together
 
Bison return to Banff national park in Canada
 
Endangered antelope 'may be wiped out'
 

A collection of interesting biodiversity news from January (26/01/17)

Marine

Meet the crab with the 'mighty claw'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38079412

Seal studies reveal secret life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38160780

What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea
https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/jan/17/what-lies-beneath-discovering-surprising-jewels-in-the-north-sea-nudibranchs?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rare Antarctic beetle find delights
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38145258

Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118377-seals-hunt-down-hidden-fish-by-sensing-their-breath-in-the-sand/#.WIDDkSRZb3c.twitter

Whales talk to each other by slapping out messages on water
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114953-whales-talk-to-each-other-by-slapping-out-messages-on-water/#.WEGQlUNiTys.twitter

Fish have evolved to survive toxic waste that would normally kill them
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/killifish-evolve-survive-toxic-waste-pollution-genes-study-sea-oceans-a7463536.html

Obama to create world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/26/obama-to-create-worlds-largest-protected-marine-area-off-coast-of-hawaii-papahanaumokuakea?CMP=share_btn_tw

World's oldest known killer whale Granny dies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38496164

Terrestrial

Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2116641-ants-craft-tiny-sponges-to-dip-into-honey-and-carry-it-home/#.WG-umdhXiCQ.twitter

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38218119

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38519299

Extinct giant goose used its wings to fight rather than fly
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2117424-extinct-giant-goose-used-its-wings-to-fight-rather-than-fly/#.WHec7RSfLYQ.twitter

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38585325

Dragon lizards fly by grabbing their fold-up wings with ‘hands’
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114847-dragon-lizards-fly-by-grabbing-their-fold-up-wings-with-hands/#.WEGQLXUopWs.twitter

How parents divide their duties
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/How-parents-divide-their-duties.aspx?s_id=346747614

Planet Earth II: Nine things we learned from the series
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37606747

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38450228

Ash tree genome sequenced for first time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38416116

Bumblebee numbers hit by 'unsettled decade'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38447937

Headlight beetle's glowing path caught in time-lapse photo
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331072-600-headlight-beetles-glowing-path-caught-in-timelapse-photo/#.WG4qn5nix2Q.twitter

Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38559336

Appeal for towels and blankets to help influx of hedgehogs
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/appeal_for_towels_and_blankets_to_help_influx_of_hedgehogs_1_4813509?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

Call for help as west Norfolk RSPCA centre is inundated with hedgehogs
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/call_for_help_as_west_norfolk_rspca_centre_is_inundated_with_hedgehogs_1_4799330?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

Nature lovers to protect rare Lakenham lizard colony
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/nature_lovers_to_protect_rare_lakenham_lizard_colony_1_4806113?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

The creatures that defy what we think we know about plants and animals
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-creatures-that-defy-what-we-think-we-know-about-plants-and-animals-a7443756.html

Foxes may confuse predators by rubbing themselves in puma scent
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118444-foxes-may-confuse-predators-by-rubbing-themselves-in-puma-scent/#.WIXF3qtd4x4.twitter

'Rat explosion' threatens sooty terns on Ascension Island after cat cull 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/12/03/rat-explosion-threatens-sooty-terns-ascension-island-cat-cull/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Zoology news: November’s animal antics from around the globe – in pictures
https://www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic/gallery/2016/dec/06/zoology-news-novembers-animal-antics-from-round-the-globe-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why plants eat faeces when they could eat flesh
http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/press-release-plants-eat-faeces-eat-flesh/

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38224564

World's largest reindeer herd plummets
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38297464

Reindeer shrinking in size due to warmer Arctic temperatures
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/reindeer-shrinking-size-warmer-arctic-temperatures-global-warming-a7469351.html

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38415906

Feral cats now cover 99.8% of Australia
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/04/feral-cats-now-cover-99-per-cent-of-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Primate tool-use: Chimpanzees make drinking sticks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38524671

Lost British birdsong discovered in New Zealand birds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/12/lost-british-birdsong-discovered-in-new-zealand-birds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Alien bird risk from pet trade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38585331

Alien-like creatures emerge in central Australia following heavy rains
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/13/alien-like-creatures-emerge-central-australia-following-heavy/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Australia's bees and wasps revealed to be as dangerous as its snakes
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/17/australias-bees-and-wasps-revealed-to-be-as-deadly-as-its-snakes?CMP=share_btn_tw

Primates facing 'extinction crisis'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38652196

Rare golden eagle spotted in south Norfolk
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/rare_golden_eagle_spotted_in_south_norfolk_1_4825427?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

The 10 species most at risk from climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/critical-10-species-at-risk-climate-change-endangered-world?CMP=share_btn_tw

Birders flock to Thetford industrial estate to spot migratory gulls
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/birders_flock_to_thetford_industrial_estate_to_spot_migratory_gulls_1_4851248?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

A place in the country: meet the new woodlanders
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/21/place-country-new-woodlanders

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