Protected areas do not always benefit wildlife, global study finds | Conservation

National parks and other protected areas have had mixed success in conserving wildlife, according to the largest ever global study of their effects. Using wetland bird data from 1,506 protected areas around the world, scientists analyzed the trends of more than 27,000 populations, and found that increased provision for the birds had not necessarily helped. … Read more

The ants go rafting: invasive fire ants take to Australian flood waters to colonize new areas | Queensland

Invasive fire ants have used recent flooding in Queensland to expand their Australian invasion, teaming up and forming floating rafts with their bodies to allow them to survive for weeks at a time. Eradication officers in Queensland have captured photos of the dangerous ants forming the rafts in flood waters. It’s one of the pest’s … Read more