Mosquitoes: What’s the Point?

ENVIRONMENT We could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth. Why don’t we? (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn a little about a slightly less drastic alternative here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, and vote in today’s poll! Discussion Ideas It is very unusual for the good folks at National Geographic to openly … Continue reading Mosquitoes: What’s the Point?

Extinction Minus Two

ENVIRONMENT The death of one of the three remaining northern white rhinos has further stoked fears that the subspecies is doomed to extinction. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn how conservationists are using guns, drones, and dogs to protect the remaining northern white rhinos. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Take a look … Continue reading Extinction Minus Two

Will We Bring Back Extinct Animals?

SCIENCE Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth . . . or a Neanderthal . . . back to life? Is it a good idea? (Nat Geo News) Keep track of animals at risk for extinction with our handy chart of the categories and criteria of endangered species. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Will We Bring Back Extinct Animals?

Where Are Animals Most Likely to Go Extinct Due to Climate Change?

ENVIRONMENT Australia and South America are among the hardest hit as rising temperatures could drive the extinction of one in six species worldwide. (Nat Geo News) Use our educator guide to learn more about teaching climate change. Discussion Ideas According to the Nat Geo News article, “animals and plants in South America and Australia [are] particularly hard hit” due to climate change. Why do you … Continue reading Where Are Animals Most Likely to Go Extinct Due to Climate Change?

Remembering Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

By Maggie Turqman Manager of Research, National Geographic Library Have you heard of Martha Washington?  Not the first lady, married to George. This Martha lived in the Cincinnati Zoo, and died 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914. Martha was a passenger pigeon. In fact, she was the very last one—when she died at age 29, her species officially went extinct.  What’s in a name? … Continue reading Remembering Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon