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News: May 2021

Nudging for Nature: adopting behaviour change interventions can benefit conservation

The natural world faces unprecedented threat. Recent work highlights how academics from different disciplines working more closely together could make all the difference.

Publication date: 21 May 2021

Cryptic sense of orientation of bats localised - the sixth sense of mammals lies in the eye

Mammals see with their eyes, hear with their ears and smell with their nose. But which sense or organ allows them to orient themselves on their migrations, which sometimes go far beyond their local foraging areas and therefore require an extended ability to navigate? Scientific experiments led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), published together with Prof. Richard A. Holland (Bangor University, UK) and Dr. Gunārs Pētersons (Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies) now show that the cornea of the eyes is the location of such an important sense in migrating bats. If the cornea is anaesthetised, the otherwise reliable sense of orientation is disturbed while light detection remains unimpaired. The

Publication date: 7 May 2021

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