Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (March 16, 2013)

If I asked someone today to describe a forest on the east coast of the United States, I would get a very different answer from them than I would from someone that had strolled through the region 100 years ago. Over the last century, the American Chestnut tree has virtually disappeared from the country's eastern forested regions even though the species used to represent about 25% of all the trees. The massive trees provided food for a wide variety of wildlife and it's hard to imagine how the ecosystem has changed after their disappearance. Carl Zimmer provides an excellent summary of the mysterious disease that wiped out the trees and some promising research advances that may soon resurrect the American Chestnut in the U.S. Maybe the Passenger Pigeon is next.

White-nosed syndrome, a disease that has been devastating bat populations throughout the eastern United States, is making its way south.

Help is needed to relocate the increasingly rare Siamese Crocodiles that currently live in a wetland that will be destroyed by the construction of a new hydropower dam in Cambodia.

NPR remembers the father of wildlife management and environmental philosopher Aldo Leopold.

Various governments train marine mammals like dolphins to kill people. Just a heads-up, some may have recently escaped.

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