Friday, October 30, 2020

Loose Feathers #773

Ruby-crowned Kinglet / Photo by Peter Pearsall/USFWS

Birds and birding news

Science and nature blogging

Biodiversity and conservation

  • USFWS is proposing a new rule to remove the Gray Wolf from Endangered Species Act protections. Because of the abbreviated comment period, the rule could be finalized by the end of the year. While the wolf populations has rebounded from its historic lows, it still has not returned to its historic range and faces the threat of unsustainable hunting.
  • Some spiders can hear by sensing airborne vibrations with their hairs and leg joints.
  • The USFWS refused again to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Protecting nature, both by preserving habitats and stopping the wildlife trade, could prevent future pandemics that pass from wildlife to humans.
  • Wild fruit production is falling in Gabon, which is reducing the food available for large mammals like forest elephants.
  • Fin whales sing multiple song types instead of just one as previously thought.
  • Remoras can move around on a blue whale's skin without falling off.
  • A study in Guam showed the value of endangered trees to the forests where they survive.

Climate change and environmental politics