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Biodiversity Questions in School Gardens

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Find a bug (and draw it). Find plants that are ingredients in pizza sauce; in toothpaste; in salsa. Find two living and two nonliving things.

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- Jul 31, 2017
Waiting for Owls

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In the woods, the air is still and quiet. The ground is warm from the sunshine that beats down on the hillside all day, but mostly, it’s dark. The lightest breeze brings the smell of ponderosa bark and…

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- Jun 26, 2017
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations

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Life as a bird is hard. Life as a seabird can be really hard. Seabirds spend the vast majority of their time in a habitat that provides no drinkable water or shelter, a place that can be as vast and empty…

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- May 10, 2017
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country

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It's a cold November morning as I drive from my home in rural Wise County, Virginia, to the town of Tazewell, some 80 miles away. My journey takes me across the edge of the Virginia coalfields and through…

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- Apr 30, 2017
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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As part of an ongoing project, Erika Zambello is visiting all National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States. Established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),…

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- Apr 25, 2017
Living the Science: Place-Based Education as a Model for Scientific Learning

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“Dip your hand in the water!” I yelled over the crash of whitewater, and then a few seconds later, “Now try it again!”

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- Apr 20, 2017
I Dream of Bison

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I grew up on an organic farm in Germany. By the time I was born, we Germans had already wiped out our large mammals; the wisent (German bison), wolf, bear, lynx, wild cats, auroxen, moose and elk were…

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- Jan 13, 2017
Learning to be a Naturalist at Hubbard Brook

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Having just completed my third year as a music composition, horn performance and mathematics student at Oberlin College and Conservatory, I left my tiny dorm room and musician friends in Ohio to spend…

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- Oct 10, 2016
Can You Find Green Salamanders? A Community Searches in the Appalachians

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This is the case with the green salamander, one of the most unique amphibians in the salamander-rich Appalachian Mountains. The only truly green-colored salamander in eastern North America, the green salamander…

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- Sep 12, 2016
Learning at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

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“I can’t believe I held a snake!” “The longleaf pine trees are awesome.” “I can’t wait to come back!”

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- Jun 22, 2016
Children and Scaly Mammals

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When I first started working on an article for World Pangolin Day (which takes place every third Saturday of February), I did not realize how few people even knew pangolins existed. As an evolutionary…

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- Apr 24, 2016
Biodiversity of the Dry Tortugas

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I visited Dry Tortugas National Park in 2013 and 2015 as part of a field class taught by Dr. Stuart Pimm at Duke University. Located 68 miles west of Key West, this 100 square mile national park is mostly…

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- Mar 28, 2016