How the Jaguar, King of the Forest, Might Save Its Ecosystem

Reading Time: 7 minutes As the region’s apex predator, jaguars keep the ecosystem in balance, say the scientists. “If you remove an apex predator from an environment, you could unleash an explosive mushrooming in the population of other species, which in turn could wreak havoc on the habitat, leading to its complete collapse,” says Zarza Villaneuva. “By tracking the … Read more

Cities Aren’t the Wildlife ‘Deserts’ Scientists Once Feared

Reading Time: 7 minutes Some species, such as peregrine falcons, have higher survival rates or greater reproductive success in cities than in rural areas. Some even prefer urban landscapes. A 2017 analysis of 529 bird species globally found that 66 were found only in urban areas, including not only classic urban birds like feral pigeons, but also a variety … Read more

Can Swimmers and Sharks Coexist? Smarter Maps Might Help

Reading Time: 7 minutes Medici’s death was the first shark fatality in Massachusetts since 1936. “We’re on a trajectory, right?” says Doyle. “It was three bites in 14 months.” After her friend’s paddleboard scare, Doyle cofounded Cape Cod Ocean Community, a group that eventually became a nonprofit dedicated to increasing public safety. The group has helped connect pilots with … Read more

Iconic Yellowstone Park Faces Startling Climate Threats

Reading Time: 7 minutes This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In 1872, when Yellowstone was designated as the first national park in the United States, Congress decreed that it be “reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, and sale and … set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground … Read more

The Quest to Tally Alaska’s Wild ‘Warm-Blooded’ Bumblebees

Reading Time: 6 minutes This story originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “People don’t come to Denali and other parks in Alaska to look at bumblebees, but they should,” says Jessica Rykken, entomologist for Denali National Park and Preserve. The “Last Frontier” state may be known for supersized wildlife, from bears to … Read more