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News Bin - May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 |

News Roundup

| by Meghan Pipa

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the May 7 edition, read more about the following:

  • Bold project hopes to DNA barcode every species in Costa Rica
  • It’s time for World Migratory Bird Day
  • As visitors vanish, Madagascar’s protected areas suffer a ‘devastating blow'
  • When and how might travel rebound?
  • ‘Sweet City’: the Costa Rica suburb that gave citizenship to bees, plants, and trees

Bold project hopes to DNA barcode every species in Costa Rica

Costa Rica scientists are launching a new project to identify the country’s million-plus species. President Carlos Alvarado declared the “BioAlfa” project of “national importance,” ensuring that all DNA barcoding results are to be put in the public domain. This is a big step for Costa Rica to become the first “bioliterate” country.

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It’s time for World Migratory Bird Day

The protected areas that depend on tourism have been hit hard in Madagascar. Many of these areas rely heavily on foreign visitors and international funding from big donors. Conservationists fear for the future of the people and wildlife in Madagascar.

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As visitors vanish, Madagascar’s protected areas suffer a ‘devastating blow'

Birders are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day on May 9, as people around the world welcome birds back to their nesting grounds. Learn about this event and join the “Birds Connect Our World” celebration.

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When and how might travel rebound?

Countries will be planning for an increase in domestic travel as fear and uncertainty will remain present when traveling abroad in the future. Airlines may have cheaper flights to stimulate travel, and Delta CEO Ed Bastion predicted that it could take two to three years for the airline to return to its record number of flights and passengers carried in 2019.

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‘Sweet City’: the Costa Rica suburb that gave citizenship to bees, plants, and trees

Curridabat, a suburb within San José is transforming into a haven for urban wildlife by recognizing pollinators as citizens. The urban planning project has been realigned to create a more respectful co-existence between humans and nature.

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