Mule Deer Migration, Fearless Fish, and Pirate Naturalists

Mule deer at Torrey Creek Trailhead, Wind River Range Wyoming. Photo by Scott Copeland.

Mule deer at Torrey Creek Trailhead, Wind River Range Wyoming. Photo by Scott Copeland.

By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler:


A paradise of birds: Rice field ecosystems can host rich diversity. (SciDev Net)

Hail the novel ecosystem: Why extinctions don’t mean less biodiversity — yet. (Science; HT David Biello/Scientific American)

Fossil teeth tell story of feline extinctions in North America. (Scientific American)

From 12,000-year-old creosote trees to a 100,000-year-old Mediterranean sea grass meadow, see pictures of some of the oldest living things on Earth. (Wired)


Handy field skill: how to de-flea a ringtail, in photos. (Vladimir Dinets)

How do sloths breathe upside-down? (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

1.000 mule deer, 240 kilometers, 1 incredible and ancient migration. (Science)

Are these the Spartan warriors of the ant world? (Wired)

New Research

Mystery of the bio-duck sound solved. (Biology Letters)

Sleep tight: How chimpanzees choose tree species with the perfect biomechanical properties for safe nests. (PLoS One)

How short but severe droughts can screw up ecosystems for centuries. (West Virginia University)

Lunch & Learn: Explore the deep ocean from your desk. NOAA researchers are live streaming from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. (Popular Science)

Modern ferns survive because of an ancient genetic accident. (The Economist)

Climate Change

How will climate change affect rangelands? New tool helps scientists make predictions. (CGIAR Climate)

Rising CO2 makes fish fearless — and vulnerable. (Globe and Mail)

Adapting to climate change: It’s a gut reaction (or not, literally). (University of Rhode Island)

Nature News

Is Australia’s campaign against commercial whaling a “silly monkey trick” to distract us from its fundamental anti-environmentalism? (Conservation Bytes)

In business, it’s a fight for survivability as much as sustainability. Measures help, but not without will. (The Guardian)

Bowhead whale – normally an arctic resident – found vacationing in Cape Cod Bay. (Boston Globe, via National Wildlife Federation)

Rethinking “Natural”: How future agriculture could support more wildlife. (Science Daily)

Looks matter: The importance of aesthetics in prairie restoration management. (The Prairie Ecologist)

Science Communications

On Twitter: Climate skeptics fewer, but more vocal on IPCC report. (Conservation magazine)

Why do we talk with our hands? Apparently, it helps us think. (Discover)

Why climate change risk misperception might not matter after all. (DotEarth)

This & That

Not all swashbuckling and booty: The “secret” citizen-science lives of pirates. (Deep Sea News)

Why most things you think you know about the Gulf oil spill are wrong. (Smithsonian)

Think for yourself: Against the dogma of a united front by scientists on any issue. (Dynamic Ecology)

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Marty joined the Nature Conservancy in January 2014 to write about TNC research and manage the Science Impact Project. She started her career in ecosystem ecology and climate impact research, but has focused on science communications since 1999. She’s now doing what she likes best – writing about cool science and helping scientists find and communicate what’s exciting about their work.

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