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Habitat Loss

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Coverage of habitat loss since June 7, 2021.

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Kootenay Conservation Program concerned by declining Great Blue Heron population

"...Herons breed within a kilometre of slow-moving rivers, lakes and wetlands with rich food sources, often in colonies (known as heronries or rookeries), but occasionally as single pairs, Trigg explained. Herons need big trees to support the stick nests they build, and older deciduous and coniferous stands buffered from disturbance are preferred. Herons are sensitive, and human activity and Bald Eagle harassment and predation result in nest abandonment and/or low productivity..."

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How do wind turbines impact Golden Eagles?

"..."Previous research on Golden Eagles, notably in the United States, has tended towards collision with turbine blades as the main consequence of their interaction with wind farms. Our study shows that across numerous wind farms in Scotland, this was not the case, but that deleterious habitat loss through avoidance of turbines was the main impact," said corresponding author D. Philip Whitfield, PhD, of Natural Research Ltd, in the UK..."

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Three key habitat-building corals face worrying future due to climate crisis

"...Human activity has long harmed corals worldwide, and coral reefs are already some of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Intense and long-lasting mass bleaching events, ocean acidification, pollution, urbanization, fisheries, and tourism are all leading to reduction and loss of coral cover. Now, the climate crisis is adding to those threats..."

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Salmon and other sea life affected by recent heat waves, experts say

"...Salmon in British Columbia are already at risk due to a combination of factors, including changing climate, mining, logging, habitat loss and the Fraser River landslide..."

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Rare whooping cranes raised for the wild as COVID-19 rules relax Globalnews.ca

"...Only about 800 exist: all descendants of about 15 that survived hunters and habitat loss in a flock that migrates between Texas and Alberta. Last year, zoos and other places where the endangered birds are bred had to cut staff and reduce or eliminate use of artificial insemination, which requires close work by two or three people, and of having people in shape-disguising costumes raise chicks..."

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Detecting wildlife illness and death with new early alert system

"..."Human-induced disturbances are contributing to a wide range of threats -- habitat loss, invasive species introductions, pollution, disease, wildfires," said co-lead author Terra Kelly, a wildlife epidemiologist at the UC Davis One Health Institute and its Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center within the School of Veterinary Medicine. "It speaks to the need for a system like this where we can better understand the threats facing wildlife populations and respond to them in a timely way so there's less harm to wildlife..."

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To understand ecology, follow the connections

"...AMHERST, Mass. - City sprawl and road development is increasingly fragmenting the habitats that many plant and animal species need to survive. Ecologists have long known than sustainable development requires attention to ecological connectivity - the ability to keep plant and wildlife populations intact and healthy, typically by preserving large tracts of land or creating habitat corridors for animals..."

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Loss of biodiversity in streams threatens vital biological process

"...There are a number of causes of extinction, Cardinale said. In order of importance, they are habitat loss, overharvesting (which doesn't apply to this study), competition from invasive species, disease, pollution and climate change -- which he called "the big unknown at this point. "..."

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Robert Barron column: Bees are integral to local ecosystems

"...It seems the bees are in serious decline due to the combination of habitat loss, disease, climate change and exposure to pesticides..."

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Culling cutlines, not wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

"...Woodland caribou herds in Alberta and British Columbia have been declining for decades. Scientists blame habitat loss — since 2000, B. C..."

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Dragonflies: Species losses and gains in Germany

"...The researchers found both losses and gains, but are concerned about the decline of species using standing water habitats. Decreases were observed in 29% of species, mainly in cold-adapted species that prefer standing water habitats such as bogs and fens. Many of these species are already threatened with extinction..."

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Goldilocks of the Grasslands is back

"...This threatened species faces numerous threats ranging from habitat loss and fragmentation, invasion of exotic species and woody vegetation, as well as haying during their breeding season..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about habitat loss.

Cute Killers | Australia's Biting Cousins of the Kangaroo

"...Large predators, habitat loss, disease and even their own reproductive urges can have serious consequences for endangered populations..."

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Trophic Cascades in Salt Marsh Ecosystems | HHMI BioInteractive Video

"...Ecologist Brian Silliman uses manipulative filed experiments to reveal that salt marsh ecosystems are under top down control from consumers and predators..."

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The Great Elephant Census | HHMI BioInteractive Video

"...African elephants are threatened by habitat loss and by poaching to support the ivory trade..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about habitat loss relevant to the latest news.

Human Actions Alter Tidal Marsh Seascapes and the Provision of Ecosystem Services

"...Simultaneously, the effects of urbanization such as habitat loss, eutrophication, fishing, and the spread of invasive species interact with each other, and with climate change, to fundamentally change the structure and functioning of tidal marshes and their food webs..."

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A Global Perspective on the Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Freshwater Fish Biodiversity

"...We conclude with a candid assessment of the current management and policy responses and the extent to which they ensure freshwater fish populations and biodiversity are conserved for human and aquatic ecosystem benefits in perpetuity..."

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Research agenda on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in European cities

"...However, biodiversity in cities is affected by numerous factors, namely habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, as well as pollution, altered climate, and new biotic challenges..."

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Ecological condition, biodiversity and major environmental challenges in a tropical river network in the Bago District in South-

"...The dominant pressures on rivers were urban land use, inputs of untreated sewage, in-stream and riparian garbage littering, run-off from agricultural fields and plantations, as well as physical habitat degradation..."

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Topographic diversity as an indicator for resilience of terrestrial protected areas against climate change

"...Habitat loss from unrelenting human pressure is causing an unprecedented decline in global biodiversity..."

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An overview of Neotropical arthropod conservation efforts using risk assessment lists

"...Implications for insect conservation The homologation of the LRLs in the IUCN would increase the representation of endemic arthropods generating (1) an increase in funding for research and (2) for local conservation policies such as ecological restoration, and their use as bioindicators of environmental impact on investment projects in agriculture, mining, forestry, and urbanization..."

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Using the Lonsdorf model for estimating habitat loss and fragmentation effects on pollination service

"...One of the most important issues related to landscape ecology and ecosystem services is finding the pattern of habitat patches that offers the highest pollination in agricultural landscapes..."

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Potential extinction debt due to habitat loss and fragmentation in subalpine moorland ecosystems

"...Our finding has an important implication that climate change induced by human activities may threaten biodiversity in natural ecosystems through habitat loss and fragmentation..."

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Bioacoustic signal denoising: a review

"...Animal biodiversity has been experiencing rapid decline due to various reasons such as habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, and environment pollution..."

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Biological Traits and Trait Combinations of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in a Wetland Under Hydrological Disturbance

"...Drought is a hydrological disturbance, predicted to aggravate in a climate change scenario..."

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Maleo Macrocephalon maleo population recovery at two Sulawesi nesting grounds after community engagement to prevent egg poaching

"...We aimed to test whether the maleo's decline could be reversed in two community-based conservation programs in the Tompotika region of Central Sulawesi, in which maleo eggs were left undisturbed in situ and egg-taking (poaching) by humans ceased by community agreement..."

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