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"lion conservation based around Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. It’s arguably one of the biggest conservation projects ever undertaken on lions. We have been following the births, deaths and marriages of more than 500 individual lions and satellite tracking more than 200 of them to piece together science that, we hope, can underpin conservation policy, working closely with Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority."
Wildlife conservationist David Macdonald studied Cecil the lion, whose killing made headlines around the world.
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The Candid Howl Project, an international collaboration of biologists, behaviorists, sound experts, and others, is encouraging people to analyze thousands of recordings of dogs, dingoes, coyotes, and wolves in the safety of their own homes. The nonprofit International Wolf Center recently asked its nearly 70,000 Facebook followers to volunteer.
Scientists are asking citizens to analyze barks, howls, and yelps for clues to behavior that could save endangered species.
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In 1822, a stork with an arrow through its neck taught us that birds migrate.

While the bird was found in Germany, the arrow originated in central Africa, providing the first evidence of seasonal migration in birds. The German word "pfeilstorch" ("arrow stork") describes storks injured by arrows during their seasonal journeys between Europe and Africa—twenty-five pfeilstorch have been found to date.

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"Voirin placed radio collars on 10 sloths in the island’s mangroves and tracked their unhurried movements at three- to six-month intervals for three years. Only three sloths remained entirely within the mangroves. Five moved past the mangroves to other tree species, and four moved more than 200 meters inland—quite far for a sloth. Coupled with population density estimates and extrapolated across the island’s 430 hectares, Voirin reached a high-end estimate of almost 3,200 individuals."
Size isn’t the only thing that’s small about the pygmy sloth―its population is too. But scientists at the Smithsonian say things may be looking up …
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Singing siblings: zebra finches that grew up without their dads and therefore without a "song model", don't have to worry about having no singing repertoire. As researchers discovered, the birds can also learn their song through their brothers.
Social learning from peers is a widespread phenomenon in infants. Peer group size may influence the degree to which interactions within the group can influence their own behavior. This insight nowadays gains more importance as an increasing number of children get into contact with large group peers at an even earlier age, for example in day care.
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More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years. At the same time, the total student debt in the US has reached $1.3 trillion (£850 billion).
Each semester, Hunter pays a fee of €111 ($120) to the Technical University of Munich (TUM), one of the most highly regarded universities in Europe, to get his degree in physics.
Included in that fee is a public transportation ticket that enables Hunter to travel freely around Munich.
Health insurance for students in Germany is €80 ($87) a month, much less than what Amy would have had to pay in the US to add him to her plan.
While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for both German and international students. An increasing number of US students are taking advantage.
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Ecology  - 
 
The gray catbird is so common in US backyards as to escape notice. But this bird is full of surprises. The amazing science of a long-distance backyard migrant.
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5200 km: "thanks to a pygmy whale named Isabela. Researchers first photographed the whale and collected her DNA in 1998 in the waters off the Galapagos Islands. Then, in 2006, another team photographed and collected samples from a similar looking whale off Chile"
Dual sighting connects blue whales in Chile and the Galapagos
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"The researchers monitored the movements of a baboon community using GPS devices with to-the-second precision. This enabled them to observe how the animals make decisions and the direction in which the group moves. The process is triggered by individuals who propose a direction. If opinions are divided, the undecided baboons follow the majority. This process is entirely democratic and takes place irrespective of which direction the dominant animals have chosen."
Baboons live together in hierarchical groups. However, important decisions are not dictated by the highest-ranking group members but are instead made democratically. This was discovered by a team of scientists including Iain Couzin from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell. The researchers monitored the movements of a baboon community using GPS devices with to-the-second precision. This enabled them to observe how the animals ma...
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Conservation  - 
 
"In the last decade or so, the number of eastern storks in Germany and Poland, for instance, have started to decline, and the birds continue to face threats throughout their range.

Electrocution remains one of the top reasons for mortality, says Fiedler. In a species that can live up to 30 years, producing roughly 80 eggs in its lifetime, continued loss by electrocution is devastating."
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Birds, conservation, animal movement, and all that's in between
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I study how habitat fragmentation impacts extinction.

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
 - Baba Dioum

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment... and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
 - Henry David Thoreau

"Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books."
 - John Dingell
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Conservation Ecologist
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  • University of Konstanz
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014 - present
  • Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012 - 2014
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Am Obstberg 1 78315 Radolfzell Germany
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