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In Chile, 25 Rare Chinchillas Are Sitting on Top of 3.5 Million Ounces of Gold

One of 25 endangered short-tailed chinchillas being relocated to protect them from a mining project.Luis Ortega For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The short-haired chinchilla, a high-altitude South…

Pandemic Quiet Means We Can Eavesdrop on Rare Australian Dolphins

Researchers hope to better understand how calves communicate with their mothers.Marine Mammal Foundation For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published in Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The calm waters of Gippsland Lakes near…

Fish Species Communicate With One Another in Coral Reefs. Can They Save These Threatened Ecosystems?

Aggregation of parrotfish.Andre Seale/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Among the many egregious scientific inaccuracies in Finding Nemo—fish can talk, sharks form support groups, turtles wax their shells—perhaps none…

A Wildlife Refuge Under Siege at the Border

Border wall construction infrastructure is seen cutting through the landscape of southern Arizona. Bill Radke called the water withdrawals for the border wall “the current greatest threat to endangered species in the southwest region.”Russ McSpadden/Center for Biological Diversity For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones’ newsletters.This piece was originally…

Skunks Are Surprisingly Important in Chicago’s History

A skunk!Gene Blevins/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones’ newsletters.This piece was originally published in Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In September of 1833, bands of Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, and other Anishinaabe and Algonquin peoples gathered in a small fur-trapping town called Chicago,…