New Zealand’s Iconic Kiwi Bird

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While just over a century ago, kiwi birds numbered over 20 million, today New Zealand is home to less than 70,000 of these unique birds. (Photo credit: Tom McHugh/Getty Images)

The kiwi bird is such an important part of New Zealand culture that New Zealanders call themselves “kiwis.” But, while just over a century ago these birds numbered over 20 million, today there are less than 70,000. What has caused their population to drop so drastically and can anything be done to bring these unusual birds back from the brink of extinction? [Read more…]

Baddie in the Bahamas: The Invasive Lionfish

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Invasive lionfish are outcompeting native coral reef species in the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. (Photo credit: Photodisc/Getty Images)

The invasive lionfish, which is native to the Indo-Pacific, is now wreaking havoc in coral reef ecosystems in the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. [Read more…]