The article written by Tom Bawden discusses the plummeting hedgehog population in Great Britain. A new study has put the number of hedgehogs below one million, over a third lower than in 2011. Rapid urban development seems to be the main issue. Hedgehogs live in large grasslands and hedgerows, but new developments and infrastructure are fragmenting these areas of habitat. The fencing of land and gardens has also made it difficult for the animal to find food.
There are other reasons for the decline. In the field of agriculture, growing need for farm land means the grasslands and... [+] Read more
Scientists are in the process of genetically modifying Canadian honeybees to be more resistant to their winter weather. Emily Chan from CTV News discusses this in her article Scientists hope to develop made-for-Canada honeybees. The goal is to have a diagnostics centre where the genomes of bees sent in by beekeepers would be analyzed and given a report on their potential, answering questions about their health including disease resistance and durability in the cold. Therefore, farmers can breed specific bees in order to pass down better traits to future generations.
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Miley Cyrus, of Wrecking Ball fame, is swinging into the conservation arena with a battle cry and 28.8 million Instagrammers. The conservation organization Pacific Wild welcomed the popstar to B.C. recently to garner support for their #saveBCwolves campaign, which is advocating against a controversial program.
Last year the B.C. government imposed a wolf culling initiative in the South Selkirk Mountain region. The program, which is to last for five years and take hundreds of wolves, is overseen by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and has been implemented... [+] Read more