Category: TWS Wildlife News

September 21, 2016

New bee species carves nests out of sandstone

In the Southwest desert, bees carve tunnels in sandstone. Their mandibles scratch the rough surface, while water carried in their bodies softens the cement between grains. The labor eventually wears...

September 20, 2016

Hawaiian honeycreepers on the verge of collapse

Hawaiian native forest bird species such as the endangered akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi) and ‘akeke‘e (Loxops caeruleirostris) occupy specialized habitat on the Alaka’i Plateau on the island of Kauai. However, these...

September 19, 2016

Chytrid fungus survivors suffer stunted growth

It’s easy to see that frogs are in trouble when their breeding ponds are littered with carcasses. But even in places with no visible die-offs, the fungal disease that is...

September 15, 2016

Like catching lightning — global campaign to end rabies now

The time has come to “end rabies now” and we have the tools and strategies to do it, according to a growing coalition of global rabies experts. After close to...

September 14, 2016

Migrating birds rush to spring breeding grounds

When it comes to spring migrations, the early bird gets the best breeding site. Now, radar data have revealed that birds rush for that advantage, flying faster than they do...

September 13, 2016

TWS, Coalition testify; wild horse board recommends changes

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, a nine-member federal advisory council that represents various stakeholder interests, recommended that BLM sell or euthanize unadoptable horses, as directed in the...

September 9, 2016

Patchy shade helps lizards survive the heat

Lizards may be in even worse trouble than ecologists thought. The small, cold-blooded animals are highly sensitive to climate change, and researchers have predicted that around 20 percent of species...

September 6, 2016

Invasive Species Council releases management plan

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) has released its 2016-2018 Management Plan, which outlines priority actions for the prevention and control of invasive species. NISC was established in 1999 by...

September 2, 2016

Kids document diseased amphibians in California

Young citizen scientists aged 4 to 16 have discovered that many frogs and toads on California’s northern coast are infected with the deadly chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Seventeen percent of...

September 1, 2016

Blue-winged, golden-winged warblers not all that different

After over 10 years of trying to determine genetic differences between golden-winged and blue-winged warblers, researchers discovered some surprising information. In a study published in the journal Current Biology, a...