Severe droughts and wildfires threatens Amazonian rainforest

The future of the Amazon rainforest is at risk from prolonged droughts and widespread forest fires.
The future of the Amazon rainforest is at risk from prolonged droughts and widespread forest fires.

ResearchBlogging.org Extreme dry weather coupled with high-intensity wildfires is already beginning to damage large areas of the Amazon rainforest, a situation that is being made worse by continued deforestation and logging.  Continue reading Severe droughts and wildfires threatens Amazonian rainforest

Stunted butterfly wings linked to food shortages during caterpillar phase

Migrating monarch butterflies need to develop optimal wing shape if they are to successfully complete their journey
Migrating monarch butterflies need to develop optimal wing shapes if they are to successfully complete their journeys.

ResearchBlogging.org A lack of food during a critical stage of larval development may impair the growth of adult monarch butterfly wings, with potentially disastrous consequences for the migration success of this species.  Continue reading Stunted butterfly wings linked to food shortages during caterpillar phase

Attempts to reintroduce an endangered bird species to the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil

Attempts have been made to reintroduce the red-billed curassow to a wildlife reserve in Brazil
Attempts have been made to reintroduce the endangered red-billed curassow to a wildlife reserve in Brazil

ResearchBlogging.org Long-term monitoring is key to determining if the reintroduction of captive-bred red-billed curassows is to be a success. 

Continue reading Attempts to reintroduce an endangered bird species to the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil