Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! We are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of weekly motivation.

1. A shocking number of birds are in trouble

” Rich data on the global state of our feathered friends presents plenty of bad news — but also some bright spots. Researchers know better than ever how to help endangered birds, and there are notable bird conservation successes. ”

2. Huawei and Partners Announce First Confirmed Jaguars in Mexico’s Dzilam State Reserve

” The project utilizes infrared cameras, audio monitoring devices, cloud, and AI to collect, monitor, and analyze acoustic and visual data that gives a baseline understanding of the presence of 25 species, one of which is the endangered North American jaguar “

3. Record year for olive ridley turtles in Bangladesh as conservation work pays off

” Bangladesh has recorded the highest number of olive ridley turtle eggs laid on the country’s beaches this nesting season, thanks to extensive conservation actions. ”

4. More than 5,000 new species discovered in Pacific deep-sea mining hotspot

” Scientists have discovered more than 5,000 new species living on the seabed in an untouched area of the Pacific Ocean that has been identified as a future hotspot for deep-sea mining, according to a review of the environmental surveys done in the area.”

5. The World’s Newest National Park Protects 550-Million-Year-Old Fossils

” The 148,000-acre Nilpena Ediacara National Park in South Australia is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of life’s evolution on Earth”

6. ‘We are the guardians of vanishing ecosystems’

In Kenya, the Nashulai Maasai Conservancy’s success shows how respecting the Human Rights and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples leads to the conservation of the world’s biodiversity.

7. New AI reef conservation tool monitors, measures from space

” A new coral reef conservation tool has been developed by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology. By developing novel deep learning algorithms, coral ecologists in the UH Mānoa SOEST, are now able to identify and measure reef halos from space. The study was published recently in Remote Sensing of Environment.”

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