Gophers bring out the brooms in DuluthThe Gophers are on top of the WCHA standings after a two-game sweep over the No. 6 UMD Bulldogs.Emily PofahlGophers defenseman Madeline Wethington pursues an opponent at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Gophers ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1. Matthew Kennedy, Sports ReporterDecember 1, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers score 4 straight to beat Bulldogs on FridayThe Minnesota Gophers early on in their contest struggled to keep up with the Bulldogs on offense, heading into the locker room after the first period down by a couple of goals that were each scored at the beginning and end of the period. “Their first goal was off a deflection, and their second came off a missed assignment by us,” head coach Brad Frost said. Early on in the second period, the Gophers managed to slice the Duluth lead in half with Abigail Boreen’s first goal of her junior campaign. Going into the third period, the Gophers finally found their stride. A goal in the middle of the period by freshman Abbey Murphy tied the game 2-2. Later in the final period, another first-year skater came in clutch. With two and a half minutes left in the game, freshman Anne Cherkowski fired in the game-winning score to put Minnesota up 3-2. Another goal came 30 seconds later from an empty netter by junior Catie Skaja, which sealed the comeback win for the Gophers at 4-2.“We ended up making a switch in the third period and put Anne and Abbey on the same line with Oden, and it made a huge difference to take the lead and put the game away,” Frost said. Emilys have a big Saturday on the ice for the GophersUnlike the first game, the Gophers got on the board early, and it was two skaters with the first name Emily who provided the early goals for the Gophers. Emily Brown scored in the first period to make the game 1-0, and Emily Oden scored on the power play later in the contest to take a 2-0 lead. In the third period, the Bulldogs cut the lead in half but to no avail as they could not tie the game in the remaining time in regulation. The Gophers move to 3-1 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 2-2 on the season. Gophers’ goaltender Lauren Bench stopped 31 Bulldogs’ shots-on-goal as both teams registered 32 shots apiece. Bench stopped 54 of 57 shots on net over the weekend. “I thought in both periods we controlled the puck incredibly well and worked our butts off on defense,” Frost said. “And in the third period, our team bended but didn’t break, and much of this win goes to Lauren, who was really good down the stretch.” Frost was also pleased in his skaters, who were more aggressive than last weekend. He loved to see them play with a little bit more speed.The next games for the Gophers will come in the most anticipated series of the season versus top-ranked Wisconsin on Dec. 4-5. The puck drops are at 6:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Birds, Cats, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Frogs, Herps, In-situ Conservation, Invasive Species, Islands, Iucn, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Birds, Marine Conservation, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Reptiles, Research, Saving Species From Extinction, Water, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored New research shows that culling invasive, non-native animals on just 169 islands around the world over roughly the next decade could help save almost 10 percent of island-dwelling animals at risk of extinction.A team of scientists surveyed nearly 1,300 islands where 1,184 threatened native animals have collided with 184 invasive mammals.Their analyses gave them a list of 107 islands where conservationists could start eradication projects by 2020, potentially keeping 80 threatened species from sliding closer to extinction. Island-dwelling animals around the globe often face a common threat: alien species that compete with them for food, kill them and their young, and otherwise hamper their ability to survive. Now, new research shows that culling the non-native invaders on 169 islands around the world in the next decade or so could help save almost 10 percent of island animals at risk of extinction.“Eradicating invasive mammals from islands is a powerful way to remove a key threat to island species and prevent extinctions and conserve biodiversity,” Nick Holmes, the study’s lead author the director of science at the biodiversity conservation nonprofit Island Conservation, said in a statement. “This study is an invaluable global assessment of where these future conservation opportunities exist and [it] supports regional and national decision-making about where and how to prevent extinctions.”Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross on Gough Island. Image by Ben Dilley/Island Conservation.Cats, dogs, rats, pigs and other mammals that have hitched a ride with humans to islands or been intentionally introduced can decimate local species that have evolved in the delicately balanced island ecosystems. In the last five centuries, 75 percent of amphibian, bird, mammal and reptile extinctions have occurred on islands, according to the Island Conservation, and invasive animals are the single biggest factor in those die-offs. Today, islands are home to more than 40 percent of the land vertebrates that are listed as endangered or critically endangered by the IUCN — even though islands hold just over 5 percent of the world’s land mass.Those statistics make islands important candidates for conservation, but where will the investment of precious funding for conservation have the greatest impact?To answer that question, Holmes and his colleagues looked at nearly 1,300 islands around the world where 1,184 threatened native animals have collided with 184 invasive mammals. They then ranked the islands, accounting for how much the invasive species were threatening native animals, how important those animals were to the local ecosystem, their risk of extinction and the possibility of eradicating the non-native animals.Then, they looked at the human side of the equation — whether other eradications had been successful, for example, and how well such a conservation program might be accepted by local and national authorities.A white-vented storm petrel near Alejandro Selkirk Island. Image © Island Conservation.Those analyses gave them a list of 107 islands where conservationists could start eradication projects by 2020, potentially keeping 80 threatened species from sliding closer to extinction. Another 62 islands could begin projects by 2030. (The team “masked” certain sensitive islands where disclosing a location might put animals at further risk from poachers.)The researchers published their work March 27 in the journal PLOS ONE.Such projects would benefit local ecosystems, along with helping to maintain global biodiversity, coauthor Piero Genovesi said.“Through the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the global community has agreed to halt the loss of biodiversity and preventing extinctions by 2020,” Genovesi, an ecologist and senior scientist with the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, said in the statement. “Eradicating the non-native invasive species on the priority islands identified through this research would significantly contribute towards meeting this important target.”Chile’s Alejandro Selkirk Island. Image © Island Conservation.The team’s research also provided further proof that eradication works. On 260 islands, they found no traces of invasive animals, and of those, more than a third had had successful eradications in the past.“This research highlights an extraordinary opportunity to deliver disproportionate conservation benefits from applying proven methods of island restoration,” Stuart Butchart, chief scientist at BirdLife International, said in the statement. “We can now target conservation funds at the key locations where they will deliver the greatest benefits for native biodiversity.”Banner image of a rhinoceros iguana by Tommy Hall/Island Conservation. CitationHolmes, N. D., Spatz, D. R., Oppel, S., Tershy, B., Croll, D. A., Keitt, B., … Butchart, S. H. M. (2019). Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates. PLOS ONE, 14(3), e0212128. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212128FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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