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Concerned About “Murder Hornets?” Here’s a Quick Guide to Identifying Different Types of Hornets, Bees and Wasps

July 6, 2020
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Hornets, bees and wasps are common summertime pests. In addition to trying to taste the food at your family BBQ and make nests around your home, they also deliver a nasty sting. This year, Americans have yet another stinging insect to worry about — the murder hornet. This giant Asian native made its way to North America late last year. 

While scientists work to get rid of them before they make the United States their new home, you can protect yourself by learning to identify them and other stinging species. 

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The Surprising Benefits of Wildlife Tourism

June 29, 2020
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Wildlife tourism is a major business, accounting for 20% to 40% of the entire tourism industry’s net value. However, this kind of tourism can also have a detrimental impact on animal populations and their habitats. As people flock to take selfies with sedated tigers or ride abused elephants, they fuel the cycle of unsustainable ecotourism. Their actions further fund animal cruelty, captivity and destruction. 

Yet, many other wildlife tourist attractions actually work to protect animals and their habitats. In allowing tourists to come and experience these animals in their natural environments, these organizations change wildlife tourism — and the future of animals everywhere — for the better. 

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How Does Plastic Affect Animals and How Can We Help Wildlife?

June 24, 2020
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It’s difficult to ignore the detrimental effects of climate change. Sometimes, it’s even more complicated to understand it. We know that vehicles emit tons of carbon dioxide, and many of our energy sources operate on fossil fuels. Air pollution harms the Earth’s atmosphere and our own health, but what about plastic pollution?

The majority of us aren’t directly affected by plastic waste. Unfortunately, millions of animals are and that’s why it’s so important to learn about its impacts. This world belongs to all creatures, so we need to become informed and prepared so we can take action.

Check out the effects of plastic pollution and see how you can help.

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Animals Brought Back From Extinction in the Past Decade

June 15, 2020
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Sustainability is all about finding new ways to protect the planet. You might conserve natural resources or recycle more, but you should also think about how people can help the animal kingdom. Animals survived throughout most of history without depending on people, but now human pollution and hunting habits have brought some species to near extinction, and it’s our job to ensure those species are animals brought back from extinction.

It’s created more of an urgency for people to jump into conservation efforts. Sometimes this means enacting laws, and other times it’s about putting a species on endangered lists. When you’re beginning your journey to a more eco-friendly life, you should learn about which species are most at risk and what people do to save them.

Here are some animals brought back from extinction in the past decade. The efforts that saved them may help other species that become endangered.

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How Does Climate Change Affect Bird Migration?

May 15, 2020
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Climate change affects every living organism on Earth. From polar bears to rabbits, each creature struggles to adapt to rising temperatures, longer and shorter seasons and limited resources. Among them are birds. Hundreds of species rely on subtle changes in temperature to find food, breed, nest and relocate. 

So how does climate change affect bird migration?

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Have Australian Bushfires Led to Wildlife Extinction?

April 10, 2020
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The Australian wildfires are unprecedented. More than 25 million acres burned — around the size of Indiana in the U.S. With such widespread destruction, it can be difficult to process just how much of an impact these fires had on the environment. The bushfires resulted in the loss of human life, thousands of homes, millions of acres of forest and more than 1 billion animals. 

Like the California disaster of 2019, the most devastating wildfire in the state’s history, the Australian bushfires have a significant effect on both humans and the environment. While it is too soon to state with certainty whether the wildfires have led to wildlife extinction, little-known species will likely feel the greatest impact.

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Scientists Search for Animals Spreading Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
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In early December, the city of Wuhan, China, became the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Since then, the virus has spread across the globe, infecting more than 500,000 people and killing more than 20,000. As scientists race to find the culprit behind the infection, evidence points to animals — namely those sold at a specific market in Wuhan. 

While numerous species remain suspect in investigating the cause, including bats and pangolins, the mystery remains unsolved. Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. 

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Wildlife Habitat Destruction a Growing Issue Across the Globe

March 25, 2020
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The last year has been a rough one, with a high number of wildlife habitat destruction in the name of progress and the death of the last male white rhinoceros. Those who love animals and want to see diversity of species continue to worry about this issue and how human expansion impacts the world’s ecosystems. 

A recent United Nations report showed as many as 1 million species on the brink of extinction. The study points to human activities placing 25% of species at risk of extinction in the next few decades.

Even though the UN warns of pending doom to many creatures and we all understand the impact the loss of one species has on local habitat, humans seem incapable of curbing development.

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Have We Lost Two-Thirds of Our Endangered Species by 2020?

March 9, 2020
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Our world changes every day in subtle and life-altering ways. Animal extinction manages to be both at once. It happens so gradually that it remains unknown to many people until a headline about another extinct species draws their attention. And though the process feels slow, each organism we lose has earth-shattering repercussions. The worst part is that we don’t always know the extent of these consequences until they’re upon us.

A World Wildlife Fund report from 2016 stated we’d lose two-thirds of our endangered species by 2020. They reported a 58% decrease in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2012, with a prediction of 67% by 2020. Though environmental groups and legislators are continuously making gradual moves to protect endangered animals, we’re increasingly closer to reaching the two-thirds prediction.

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The Importance of Animal Nutrition on the Farm

February 19, 2020
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Running a farm is no easy feat. You might feel like your to-do list gets longer every day, but you’d never give up the joy you get from working your land and raising animals. It comes with a sense of pride that has fueled generations of families, cultivating small farms around the world.

Every farm has a slightly different purpose. You could grow a single crop and keep animals around for private use, like eggs and milk for your family. Animals could also be the sole purpose of your farm since they can make a significant profit if you raise them correctly.

If you have animals on your farm, don’t stop learning what you can do to help them. With the proper approach, you can feed your animals the food they need while maintaining or improving the sustainability of your farm. Here are five reasons why animal nutrition matters. 

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Wildlife Conservation Blog

 
Scientists have estimated that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. With these shocking numbers, understanding what part we play in wildlife and plant life extinction can help us reduce that number.
 
In this section, we’ll cover common issues surrounding wildlife, such as issues with poaching and habitat destruction, as well as technological developments and what role you can play in helping the animals on our planet.