Category: TWS Wildlife News

August 20, 2015

Black-Footed Ferrets Inseminated with Frozen Sperm

One of the rarest mammals in North America is slowly recovering because of scientists’ successful efforts to inseminate females with frozen sperm. Scientists with Lincoln Park Zoo along with partners...

August 20, 2015

Field Notes: A Tool for Making Digital Species Drawings

The identification of species with new digital illustration techniques could help taxonomists reluctant to go back to the drawing board, according to a new study. “Species illustration for me is...

August 18, 2015

Insecticides Alter Spiders’ Personalities and Behaviors

Consume the same amount of alcohol as your friend, and you may notice that you’re acting a little loopier than them, or vice versa. This is the idea that urged...

August 14, 2015

Effective New Model for Predicting Shorebird Habitat

Seashore managers have a new tool to help them protect future habitat for the federally endangered piping plover. “A lot of the national parks and especially the national seashores along...

August 13, 2015

Banding the Bay’s Pelicans

Early on a beautiful July morning professionals from local wildlife agencies and volunteers met at a Crisfield, Maryland boat ramp. Our destination? Smith Island, a small series of islands on...

August 13, 2015

The High Speed Chase to Find Why Birds Change Altitudes

It was generally around 4 a.m. when the car chase would start to get old. Melissa Bowlin would be thinking, “Please just land, bird — that spot looks great over...

August 12, 2015

TWS Member Creates Risk Framework for CWD in Montana

Wildlife managers in Montana now have a better focus on where a deadly prion disease that kills deer may infiltrate the state. “The overall goal was to help Montana focus...

Prairie chicken
August 11, 2015

Fire Ants Limit Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Survival

Small but dangerous to insectivores, invasive red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) could be negatively impacting the brood survival of critically endangered Attwater’s prairie chickens (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri), according to...

Monarch butterflies
August 11, 2015

Nation-Wide Efforts Expanding to Protect Monarch Butterflies

There’s an ongoing fight to save one of the most well-known and well-loved species of butterflies. Numbers of the monarch butterfly have been falling drastically since the 1990s, and for...

Flying foxes
August 7, 2015

Using High-Res GPS to Study Thailand’s Flying Foxes

Researchers tracking the movements of flying foxes with high-resolution GPS devices have found that the best way to stop the large bats from getting in conflict with local fruit farmers...