On Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET, join National Geographic for a 35-minute Virtual Field Trip! Three National Geographic Explorers are helping us better understand and protect the Amazon rainforest. We’ll hike through the cloud forests of Peru, where an Indigenous biologist is studying the movement of Andean bears. Next, we’ll wend our way through the mangrove forests of Brazil with a marine ecologist. … Continue reading This Earth Day, Join Us on a Virtual Field Trip to the Amazon
SCIENCE Among the snowy peaks of Nepal and Tibet, stories tell of a mysterious ape-like creature called the Yeti. Other stories tell of critically endangered species called the Dzu-Teh. Which one is real? (Los Angeles Times and National Geographic) Navigate the historic range of the yeti on our Cryptid Cartogram. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Bears! The Yeti Is a Bunch of Bears!
by Johnna Flahive Yes! Does the name “Paddington” ring any bells? Despite the popularity of the beloved bear from the “deepest, darkest Peru,” many people are surprised to learn there really are bears in South America. Andean bears (a.k.a. spectacled bears) live there, and their story is just as full of peril and adventure as Paddington’s. The earliest ancestors of Tremarctos ornatus (Andean bears) arrived … Continue reading Creature Feature: Wait, there are bears in South America?
ENVIRONMENT The awe-inspiring bears are almost extinct in Washington State, but the government is now studying whether they should be brought back. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about grizzlies and species range. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Grizzly bears are “federally protected.” What does this mean? Federally protected species have … Continue reading Can Washington Bear Some Grizzlies?