Finding answers... For what we should, but don’t know!
Scientific enquiry has produced amazing quantities of knowledge
We know more about the fascinating workings and the fragility of the natural world than ever before. And we use that information as best we can to conserve the world for all its living constituents and their offspring.
Yet there are many gaps to fill!
Great numbers of organisms have never been described, countless mysteries of life elude us, and we comprehend little or nothing of many fundamental environmental processes.
The more gaps are filled, the better we understand natural processes
With a good understanding of natural processes, measures to care for that which must be preserved will improve. And we will be more equipped to restore that which has been broken.
Everything is possible, but only if we look
Wind speed and foraging success in an acoustic predator
Although we are staring to understand the impact of anthropogenic noise on animal behaviour, there is limited research on natural noise and its potential influence on mammalian behaviour. We investigated foraging behaviour of bat-eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis) which are known to rely predominantly on hearing to detect their prey. We collected data on habituated bat-eared foxes in the Kalahari by following them on foot while their foraged. We found that contrary to our expectations, increasing wind speeds did not strongly affect their foraging rates. This suggests that bat-eared foxes continue to forage effectively despite the potentially distracting or masking noises produced by the wind, at least at the speeds observed in the field during our study.
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