Category Archives: History

Dogs of Chernobyl

The Dogs of Chernobyl Are Experiencing Rapid Evolution, Study Suggests For decades, scientists have studied animals living in or near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to see how increased levels of radiation affect their health, growth, and evolution. A new study analyzed the DNA of 302 feral dogs living near the power plant, compared the […]

Animals With The Shortest Lifespans

Many factors determine the lifespan of an animal — habitat, food sources (and availability), the animal’s size and its ability to protect itself from predators. Longevity often depends on the age the animal reaches sexual maturity. The Greenland shark has a lifespan of 500-plus years, but they mate later in life, which accounts for why […]

Rare Bird Spotted in 178 Years

Bird watchers are flocking to northeastern Wisconsin in the hopes of glimpsing a southern shorebird last seen in the state almost 180 years ago. Logan Lasee, a member of the Bay Area Bird Club, spotted a roseate spoonbill in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay on July 26, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. More […]

National Hot Dog Day

When we think of summer, hot dogs come to mind almost immediately. It’s just part of the overall experience. A summer day at the amusement park or at a baseball stadium pairs nicely with a hot dog (or tofu dog, for those of you who prefer a meatless version). Hot dogs don’t have to be […]

First Know “Virgin Birth”

‘Virgin’ crocodile found to have made herself pregnant The first ever known case of a crocodile laying eggs without a male mate – a rare reproductive strategy that could be traced back to dinosaurs – has been documented by scientists. Over the last two decades, zoologists have increasingly documented the very rare vertebrate reproductive strategy […]

California is Meant to Burn

‘California is meant to burn’: Experts teach landowners art of prescribed burns The prescribed burn begins on a California hill with a drip torch to light brush, needles and fallen branches, the flames spreading out on the forest floor far below the tree canopy.   Students on this Saturday class learn how to keep the […]

107 Million Year Old Bones

Pterosaurs, the world’s oldest flying reptiles, once flew in Australia’s skies as far back as 107 million years ago, according to a study published Wednesday. Palaeontologists came to that conclusion after examining two pieces of prehistoric bone extracted from Dinosaur Cove – a fossil-bearing site in the Australian state of Victoria – more than three […]

Rare Albino Giant Panda Spotted

Rare albino giant panda spotted visiting other pandas in China nature reserve A rare all-white albino panda has made another appearance in new footage from China’s Wolong nature reserve. Back in April 2019, the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province in southwestern China released a picture of the all-white panda, which at the time […]

The Sixth Extinction is Underway

The sixth extinction is underway, study finds. But here’s why all hope is not lost. Global population trends among 71,000 animal species show nearly half are “sliding toward extinction,” some at alarming rates, a new study warns. Researchers found 48% of the species in the analysis were declining, while only 3% were increasing and 49% […]

World Turtle Day

Every year on May 23, American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a non-profit organization, observes World Turtle Day. This event is intended to raise awareness about the need to maintain turtles, tortoises, and their increasingly disappearing habitats. The day to advocate the conservation of turtles is observed as World Turtle Day. It aims to encourage human actions […]