Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! Each week we are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of Monday Motivation.
1. Frog that became extinct across England is reintroduced to Norfolk
“Distinctively striped northern pool frogs were last seen over 30 years ago.”
2. A Chilean mycologist is celebrating fungi’s “hidden kingdom”
“A chance encounter with a mushroom inspired Giuliana Furci to become a champion of these organisms that can feed, heal and even tackle climate change.”
3. New book showcases 1,000 pages of evidence for conservation actions
“Conservation Evidence released What Works in Conservation 2021 – a free, comprehensive assessment of the evidence for 2,426 actions for wildlife conservation.”
We’re delighted to release What Works in Conservation 2021 – a free, comprehensive assessment of the evidence for 2,426 actions for wildlife conservation. Now includes assessments for ALL mammals (plus 11 other species & habitat groups) @OpenBookPublish— ConservationEvidence (@ConservEvidence) August 2, 2021
4. Maleos bounce back in Sulawesi after villagers resolve to protect their eggs
“The projects have quadrupled and tripled local maleo numbers over a 14-year and five-year period, respectively, and experts are calling for other maleo conservation projects across Sulawesi to adopt this community-led, low-intervention method.”
5. Multispecies tracking reveals a major seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic
“This revealed a major hotspot associated with a discrete area of the subpolar frontal zone, used annually by 2.9–5 million seabirds from ≥56 colonies in the Atlantic: the first time this magnitude of seabird concentrations has been documented in the high seas.”
#ConservationOptimism A major sea bird 'hotspot' has been located in the North Atlantic, believed to be frequented by up to 5 million birds! Ear marked for protection, it will be the first high seas #MPA identified using tracking data alone! @BirdlifeOz https://t.co/JX9sJzKave— Mel dawson (@Meldawson6) August 10, 2021
6. New Zealand celebrates as distinctive cry of iconic bird returns
“Kiwi watchers have recorded the sound of the bird’s song at many sites that were silent just five years ago.”
#NewZealand #Aotearoa is celebrating the results of their annual #KiwiCallCount as the recovery of iconic #Kiwi populations benefits from effective invasive mammal control— Question Mark (@markday331) August 12, 2021
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7. Second Most Endangered Carnivore in Africa Conveyed to New Home in Malawi
“Fourteen wild dogs were conveyed by road and air to a peaceful environment in a country they have been limited in numbers for decades.”
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