Patriots to place Julian Edelman on injured reserve
The Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for at least three weeks.According to the NFL Network, the Patriots are placing Edelman on the injured reserve after the receiver underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning.The 34-year-old was ruled out of Sunday’s matchup in Buffalo, but now he’ll also miss the Patriots upcoming matchup with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. If all goes well in his recovery, Edelman is eligible to come off the injured reserve and play in Week 11 when the Pats travel to Houston. This news isn’t ideal, but not a surprise considering Edelman has bee...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
They're not in the mood. Toxins are turning off great egrets mating in the Everglades
MIAMI — Great egrets in the Everglades are losing their sexual motivation because they are exposed to mercury through the fish they eat, a University of Florida study using more than 20 years of data has found.Researchers observed that mercury contamination led to a 50% reduction in attempts by the birds to breed, showing that the heavy metal is affecting their reproduction process much earlier than previously thought. As most studies have focused on offspring-related metrics such as hatchling success, the recent findings indicate that the full effects of mercury exposure among wading birds ma...
Wolf researcher's new book explores predators, prey on Isle Royale
MINNEAPOLIS — Renowned Minnesota wolf researcher Dave Mech was in his early 20s and a graduate student at Purdue University when he arrived on Isle Royale in 1958 to study the predator-prey relationship between wolves and moose. Mech’s three-year groundbreaking project detailed for the first time the killing efficiency of wolves and the vulnerability of moose on the 210-square-mile Lake Superior island.Now in a compelling new book to be launched Tuesday titled “Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal,” Mech, along with Twin Cities co-writer Greg Breining, chronicles Mech’s life...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Illinois launches statewide plan to boost monarch butterfly population: 'If enough people get on board, we can turn this thing around'
CHICAGO — Monarch butterflies have flown south for the winter, but efforts to protect them in Illinois are sticking around.As butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains migrated thousands of miles toward Mexico, a group of stakeholders representing farms, cities, roadsides and natural areas signed on to the Illinois Monarch Action Plan, the state’s all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure the survival of that unmistakable orange-winged butterfly.The plan is part of an effort to add regionally 1.3 billion stems of milkweed, which monarchs depend upon. Illinois aims to add 150 million stems of the state ...
‘Godfather of Peruvian falcons’ uncovers peregrine’s epic journey from the Arctic
When a peregrine falcon crashed through the skylight of a high-rise building in Lima, Peru, what impressed falcon researchers was not its tremendous speed (peregrines are the fastest animal in the world), or that it was found eating a dove in a busy stairwell. But rather, they were impressed by its long, long journey.A recently published study in the Journal of Raptor Research links the breeding sites of the North American subspecies of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) from their breeding and natal (birth) grounds in Canada and the U.S. to their wintering sites in Peru.Using 57 years of da...
Ambitious and holistic goals key to saving Earth’s biodiversity, study says
The Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction, leaving humanity in a critical time to safeguard global biodiversity.Global players have failed to reach the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010 to curb biodiversity loss, according to the CBD’s assessment in September.A recently published study in the journal Science gives recommendations for developing the next set of biodiversity goals so they will be both robust and achievable. These new goals for 2030 and 2050 will be developed at the CBD’s 15th meeting of the Conferen...
Family travel five: Reel adventures
When the time is right to pursue a family fly-fishing adventure, know you’ll soon wake up in some of the country’s most pristine places. You may catch and release the fish, but will savor the memories for a lifetime.Here are five destinations to consider:———1. Casper, Wyo.With plenty of wide-open space at the ready, this central Wyoming town is a vibrant hub for outdoor adventure. Home to the North Platte River, which provides year-round fly-fishing opportunities, Casper has become a bucket-list destination for avid and aspiring anglers. The river sits below five reservoirs, enabling consisten...
First 'murder hornet' nest in US is found near Canadian border
SEATTLE — After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It’s the first such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers as “murder hornets,” were caught in two traps this week and tagged, WSDA spokesperson Karla Sapp said Friday.One was followed back to its nest on Thursday.“The nest is inside the cavity of a tree located on private property near an area cleared for a reside...
The Seattle Times
Rare two-headed snake found in Florida
Florida’s latest salvo in the Bingo game that is 2020 is a two-headed snake.Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Facebook page.“A rare two-headed southern black racer was recently found at a residence in Palm Harbor by Kay Rogers and family,” reads the post.FWC said the split heads on a single body is known as bicephaly, and it occurs while the snake is developing as an embryo “when two monozygotic twins failed to separate, leaving the heads conjoined onto a single body.”The snake is now in the care of FWC staff.“Two-headed snakes are unlikely to su...
An international flying squirrel trafficking ring has been busted in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A group of poachers set 10,000 traps and captured about 3,600 wild flying squirrels in Florida before putting them on an exotic pet pipeline that sent the animals to Asia.That’s according to Florida wildlife officials who announced Monday that seven people have been arrested after a 19-month investigation.The total retail value of the squirrels on the international pet market is believed to be over $1 million, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.The investigation was launched in January 2019 after a tipster made a complaint to the commission about...