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Coverage of habitat loss since July 25, 2023.

Delta Waterfowl Working to Expand Successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program

"...To help slow down wetland habitat losses across prairie Canada, Delta Waterfowl is considering how to emulate Manitoba’s successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program for Alberta and Saskatchewan—provinces with millions of small wetlands—to ensure the breeding duck habitat in prairie Canada remains viable and continues to produce ducks. Shallow prairie wetlands serve as territorial pair ponds that drive carrying capacity for breeding ducks and provide important food resources for nesting hens. Studies show that 10 one-acre wetlands attract 21 breeding pairs of ducks, while one 10-acre wetland attracts only seven pairs..."


Kew report: Five key extinction risks facing the world’s plants and fungi

"...Scientists’ understanding of how climate change and habitat loss could drive plant and fungi extinctions is being hamstrung by knowledge gaps in how many species currently exist, a new report warns..."


Canadian Wildlife Federation collaborates on fish conservation in Cariboo

"...READ MORE: Horsefly group calls for review of logging after concerns about watershed, habitat loss raised..."


Taking Flight: The Conservation of Endangered Bird Species in British Columbia

"... The threat of logging looms larger with shorter rotation times in forest harvests, leaving many forests insufficiently mature for the needs of the northern goshawk before they are logged. To combat this pressing issue, The Nature Trust of BC proactively protects large tracts of goshawk habitat. One example of their conservation success is the Meteor Lake Wetland-Bog property in the Upper Fraser River watershed..."


B.C. Invasive Species Council visits Bulkley Valley in education push

"...The outreach and education by the Invasive Species Council of B. C. aim to equip residents with the knowledge and tools to recognize and prevent the spread of such invasive species, safeguarding both the natural environment and local economy..."


Feds release details on study into impact of development near Greenbelt lands

"...Earlier this year, Canada's minister of environment and climate change, Steven Guilbeault, announced he would be commissioning a report on the potential effects if development happens on the (DRAP) Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve. The controversial lands are at the centre of an auditor's report finding that developers may have had direct influence on the Greenbelt boundary selection process. The federal study could put a wrench in the plans, though, as the investigation is looking at both DRAP lands which were part of the Greenbelt and the federal airport lands in Pickering..."


Letter: Government action needed in response to climate change

"...We also have reason to be very concerned about the impacts of climate change and human activities on the natural world. Habitat loss is one of the greatest threats to all species of plants and animals. Protecting natural areas is one of the solutions in fighting the effects of climate change..."


Halifax considers applying for ‘Bee City' status. Here's the buzz

"...Bee City Canada is a program from Pollinator Partnership Canada that aims to “inspire cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators,” according to a Halifax staff report from last month. Toronto became the country’s first Bee City in 2016, and according to the Bee City Canada website, more than 70 other cities and towns have joined the program since. In Nova Scotia, New Glasgow is the only municipality with Bee City status..."


Human activity and climate change cause cascading effects for Arctic ecosystem

"...It doesn't end up on dinner plates and it lacks the popular appeal of whales and dolphins, but scientists warn that a small fish that is critical to Arctic marine life could be in trouble from climate change and human activity..."


When the climate movement still talked about polar bears

"...But today, that symbol has largely fallen out of fashion. The advocacy group ClimateXChange even says the focus on the polar bear has done a “disservice” to the goals of the movement; a handbook for public engagement for members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading group of climate experts convened by the United Nations, says the image prompts “cynicism and fatigue. ” Overexposure has turned the polar bear into a fluffy, environmental cliche, like saving the whales or hugging trees, as opposed to a real-life carnivore with dangerous teeth and claws..."


‘Future is not looking good’ for Canadian beekeepers hit by record losses

"...Canadian beekeepers lost a record number of hives last year due to a fatal combination of unpredictable weather made worse by climate change, pests, pathogens and habitat loss. In recent years, the losses averaged about 35 per cent. But bee die-offs reached a record of 50 per cent last year..."


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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about habitat loss.

Is this an Asian or an African Elephant? 🐘 How to Differentiate Them!

"...Elephants play a pivotal role in biodiversity and culture in Africa and Asia, acting as crucial ecosystem engineers..."


The Missing Pieces in the 6th Mass Extinction

"...It's important to look locally since biodiversity affects how ecosystems impact water supply, fuel, pollination, food, and more for their surrounding regions..."


How El Niño and La Niña cause extreme weather

"...But how does it work, what kinds of extreme weather does it cause and how is global warming affecting it? ..."


Trophic Cascades in Salt Marsh Ecosystems | HHMI BioInteractive Video

"...Ecologist Brian Silliman uses manipulative filed experiments to reveal that salt marsh ecosystems are under top down control from consumers and predators..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about habitat loss relevant to the latest news.

Consequences of Coastal Wetlands Reclamation and the Need for Integrating Impact Assessment of Invasive Alien Plants Species an

"...We examine quantitative methods for cause-effect evaluation of three major biodiversity loss drivers: biodiversity/habitat loss, greenhouse gases GHG warming and nutrient enrichment/eutrophication, which are pertinent to IAPS, and coastal armoring in wetlands..."


The coastal conservation narrative is shifting from crisis to ecosystem services

"...Conservation biology emerged as a crisis discipline in the twentieth century amongst an increasing awareness of pollution and habitat loss..."


The decline of the ecosystem services generated by anadromous fish in the Iberian Peninsula

"...Anadromous fish provide important provision, cultural, regulatory and supporting ecosystem services across their distribution range and have been extensively exploited by humans since prehistoric times..."


The human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka: history and present status

"...The major causes and contexts of HEC in Sri Lanka include land use change, habitat loss due to human population growth, crop raiding behavior, problem elephants, and changes in agriculture practices..."


Unraveling the survival potential of a desert halophyte Salvadora oleoides Decne. across heterogenic environments

"...The plasticity of physio-anatomical attributes of this species with respect to adaptability to different environments can be helpful in performance of this species in arid regions under climate change in its native region as well as in desolated areas for carbon sequestration and maintenance of ecosystem services..."


Balancing environmental impacts and economic benefits of agriculture under the climate change through an integrated optimizatio

"...Finally, all the simulations were utilized in the structure of the optimization model in which minimizing loss of the production, greenhouse gas emission by reducing energy use and physical habitat loss were considered as the objectives..."


Sown mini-meadows increase pollinator diversity in gardens

"...Implications for insect conservation Domestic gardens and allotments provide huge potential habitat for pollinators, and small-scale floral enhancements can attract more beneficial insects in fragmented urban landscapes, supporting urban biodiversity, pollination services and biological control..."


Conservation status of the world?s carnivorous mammals (order Carnivora)

"...To examine the conservation status, population trends, distribution patterns, habitats and threats of all extant species belonging to this order (N?=?290), we collected data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List..."


Ecology, evolution and conservation of tidepool fishes of the Americas

"...Here, we review the diversity, ecology, evolution and conservation of the American tidepool fishes, from definition to trophic roles, ecological vulnerabilities and societal importance that reveal an extraordinary biodiversity and the important roles fishes play in the coastal ecosystems..."


Defining priorities areas for biodiversity conservation and trading forest certificates in the Cerrado biome in Brazil

"...This issue is worrisome in the private areas of Cerrado in Brazil, which is the second-largest biome, considered a hotspot for biodiversity conservation, and a provider of ecosystem services..."