‘Fixing the Damage We’ve Done’: Rewilding Jaguars in Argentina

Rewilding Argentina Foundation, an initiative to restore the health of the country’s ecosystems by reintroducing species wiped out by human activity.ImageWorkers at a conservation project in Argentina hope to release the first jaguars fully into the wild later this year or early in 2021.ImageBefore they are fully released back into the wild, at Iberá National…

Would an otter make a good boss?

When you are aware of sea otters during Sea Otter Awareness Week, it changes the way you see the world. You start imagining otters heading up banks and schools. It makes you realize how different things would be if otters of any kind were in charge. If your boss were a smooth-coated otter, she would emphasize the importance of learning […]

The Silent Flight of Owls, Explained

A few evenings ago, while walking through the forest at dusk, my daughter stopped us in our tracks with a loud “shush.” As we stopped to listen, she pointed towards a mewing sound on the trail just ahead of us—and there, two fledgling Barred Owls perched on a wooden railing. As we carefully approached, first…

An Ancient Breed of Singing Dog Isn’t Extinct in the Wild After All

Photo of a Highland wild dog taken in 2020.Photo: Anang Dianto, PTFI Papua Province, IndonesiaA breed of wild dog known for its lyrical sounds may not be as extinct as we thought, according to a new paper out Monday. The study details genetic evidence suggesting that the New Guinea singing dog—thought to have only existed…

Wolverines Return to Mount Rainier After 100-Year Absence

A wolverine family spotted by a camera trap stationed in Mount Rainier National Park. Image: Cascades Carnivore Project/NPSConservationists at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State have spotted a wolverine mother and her two offspring, known as kits. A reproductive female hasn’t been seen in this national park for over a century, which suggests ecological…

Megafire does not deter Yosemite’s spotted owls

A California Spotted Owl. Credit: Jake Bourque. In 2013 the Rim Fire—the largest fire on record in the Sierra Nevada—burned one third of the potential California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) habitat in Yosemite National Park. The park provides prime habitat for this Spotted Owl subspecies, which is listed as a Species of Special Concern…

Polar Bears’ Dropped GPS Collars Reveal How Ice Drifts

Just because a scientist puts a GPS tracking collar on a wild polar bear does not mean the animal will obligingly keep it on. In fact, these humongous neckbands are purposefully girthy so that if one becomes irritating, a bear can remove it. But scientists have now found a way to use signals from the…