North American bats decimated by fungal illness are now classified as “endangered”

North American bats decimated by fungal illness are now classified as “endangered”

In recent years, white-nose sickness has decimated northern long-ear bat populations. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the flying creatures would be reclassified from threatened to endangered. This comes after a study found that by 2025, the devastating white-nose sickness will have affected 100 percent of northern long-eared bats. In 2012, white-nose […]

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Halloween in the Amazon: baby bird dresses up like killer caterpillar

Halloween in the Amazon: baby bird dresses up like killer caterpillar

“Mama, I wanna be a toxic caterpillar,” says the little bird. “Okay,” mamma answers, “but first you gotta study your Batesian mimicry.” Meet the cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra), an ash-colored, Amazonian bird that looks rather hum-drum compared to many other birds found in the region (hence it’s name ‘cinereous’ which comes from the Latin meaning […]

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