MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – The Power of the Bracket

I’ve been a biology teacher for 28 years. Every year, I find myself looking at my curriculum with an eye toward how I can keep both a.) the content of my course fresh and b.) the delivery of that content enticing to a generation of young minds who are maturing in a world of social media, screens, and digital literacy. Add to this a very … Continue reading MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – The Power of the Bracket

Cloned Crayfish Are Taking Over the World

SCIENCE A single mutation in a single crayfish has spawned an invasive “army of clones.” (The Atlantic) How did biology and business help another species of crayfish circumnavigate the globe? Find out in our “One Species at a Time” podcast with the Encyclopedia of Life. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Atlantic article says marbled … Continue reading Cloned Crayfish Are Taking Over the World

What is Killing These Funny-Looking Antelope?

ENVIRONMENT The sudden, mass death of 200,000 saigas provides a dark omen for what might happen to wildlife in a changing world. (The Atlantic) What other threats do saigas face? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The terrific Atlantic article outlines the environmental threats faced by saigas, a critically endangered species of antelope. What are … Continue reading What is Killing These Funny-Looking Antelope?

Is This Bird an Arsonist?

SCIENCE The indigenous peoples of northern Australia have long told tales about raptors intentionally starting fires in order to lure their prey into the open. Now, a scientific study has documented these “firehawks.” (International Business Times) It’s the Year of the Bird, and that apparently includes fire-starting raptors. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A … Continue reading Is This Bird an Arsonist?

Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs

WORLD Researchers are supporting a call to list the cheetah as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. (National Geographic) Familiarize your students with endangered species using our encyclopedia entry and reference resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scientists are calling for cheetahs to be reclassified from “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” … Continue reading Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs