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Can Wetlands Save the Worlds Frogs?

Posted by metroadmin on March 13, 2018

by Sarai Acosta

A devastating realization

Visualize a tropical vacation. You have a small cottage in the jungles of Panama. Nearby there is a small wetland with a myriad of beautiful and amazing animals. The sun wakes you up and you step outside to hear birds chirping, monkeys howling, and see iridescent butterflies float by. You close your eyes take a deep breath, then your heart sinks as you realize something is missing. You don’t hear the ambient croaking of the frogs that once made their homes here. You look over to the little stream by your cottage and see a miasmatic cloud of black mosquitoes that seem to be multiplying out of control. This is a world without amphibians, and it is in our eminent future. Our actions and our ways of life are causing the world’s ecosystems to disintegrate right under our noses.


By Jake Trusheim

An artistic rendering of woolly mammoths. With recent advancements in genetic engineering, the mammoth may one day walk the earth again. Via Mauricio Anton
Image 1: An artistic rendering of woolly mammoths. With recent advancements in genetic engineering, the mammoth may one day walk the earth again. Via Mauricio Anton

The woolly mammoth. The passenger pigeon. The thylacine. All of these species are long gone, but thanks to massive advancements in genetic engineering and biotechnology, they may return to grace our planet once again (Bennet 2017). Sound too good to be true? It might just be. Their reappearance may result in the disappearance of currently threatened and endangered species.


Are You Accidentally Poisoning Your Pollinators?

Posted by metroadmin on February 16, 2018

by Asia Jones

Your garden is not always bee-ing as friendly to pollinators as you think.

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Bumble bee

The pollinator friendly plants you buy at your local nursery may actually be poisoning your pollinators, at least when you buy them. Lentola and colleagues found that nursery plants contain pesticides that are harmful to pollinators (Lentola et. al, 2017)! Fortunately, there are easy and cost effective ways to grow your garden without harming our important and beloved pollinators.


Welcome to the ‘Student Conservation Corner’

Posted by metroadmin on February 16, 2018

Where UC Davis students tell stories about wildlife and conservation science.

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