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Why conservationists need a little hope: saving themselves from becoming the most depressing scientists on the planet
Here’s a challenge: take a conservationist out for a drink and ask them about their work. Nine times out of ten—or possibly more—you’ll walk away feeling frustrated, despondent, and utterly hopeless. Yet a few conservation scientist are not just trying to save species from extinction, but also working to save their field—their life’s work—from slipping into total despair.
New research finds that female giant South American river turtles “talk” to their hatchlings.
A few years ago I was caring for some head-started Blanding’s turtles while interning at USFWS and on a few occasions I could’ve sworn I heard them make some strange “clicking” sounds. Maybe I wasn’t crazy after all!
On May 21, 1927 I took three adult Hellbenders … One specimen was shot three times with a .32 cal. revolver, and only temporarily stunned for it was quite active until it was killed twenty-four hours later.
—M. Graham Netting, “The Food of the Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis (Daudin).” Copeia, 1929.
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn. Montgomery County, PA.
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