SCIENCE New research shows island birds become flightless—quickly and repeatedly. (Nat Geo Phenomena blog) Use our resources to learn more about birds. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How did researchers determine that island birds are “edging toward flightlessness”? They compared the anatomy of flightless and volant (flying) birds, as well as changes in the … Continue reading Island Birds Are Losing the Ability to Fly
Our Creature Feature series is brought to you through our collaborations in education and citizen science. In this post, the Biomimicry Institute shares more about what makes the barn owl a stealthy hunter as part of their mission to bring nature-inspired ideas to modern-day challenges. By Sam Gochman, Ayda Uraz, and Jeanette Lim from the Biomimcry Institute Barn owls are often regarded as mysterious creatures, with their nocturnal habits, … Continue reading Creature Feature: Masters of Silent Flight
By Andrew Rasner, National Geographic Intern That’s how Barrington Irving, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who at 23 became the youngest person to fly around the world, describes his newest project, The Flying Classroom. This fall, Irving is making another transcontinental trip, stopping at more than 30 locations across North America, Asia, and Australia as students from across the country follow along in their classrooms. To … Continue reading A business jet, a virtual classroom, powered by students’ minds.