Creature Feature: The Solar-powered Hornet

Our Creature Feature series is brought to you through our partnerships in education and citizen science. In this post, the Biomimicry Institute shares more about what makes the oriental hornet a solar-powered marvel, as part of their mission to bring nature-inspired ideas to modern-day challenges. By Leon Wang and Jeanette Lim from the Biomimcry Institute At first glance, the oriental hornet may appear alarming with its stinger … Continue reading Creature Feature: The Solar-powered Hornet

Get Your Kids Outside this Weekend

By Julie Brown, National Geographic  Spring is the ideal time for outdoor exploration! In the evenings and on weekends, I try to get outside and explore with my family. I know that parents and kids are being pulled in many directions between work, school, daily chores, after-school activities, weekend sports games, and social obligations. Everyone needs some downtime. I find that my kids love to … Continue reading Get Your Kids Outside this Weekend

Creature Feature! Sssigns of Ssspring

By Bonnie Long from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality As winter fades away and the earth heats up with springtime sun, many hibernating critters begin to emerge from their long winter sleep. Be on the lookout for reptiles seeking warmth as you explore! Did you know that some snakes hibernate? A common North American group of closely related species are the Black Rat snakes. … Continue reading Creature Feature! Sssigns of Ssspring

Texas horned lizard

Creature Feature: Lizards Under Pressure

By Jen Schill and Jeanette Lim from the Biomimcry Institute A lizard covered in horns and spines might not sound appetizing to us, but to many other animals, it’s a tasty treat! Horned lizards, also known as horny toads because of their toad-like round body and blunt snout, live in deserts and semi-arid regions from southern Canada to Guatemala. To fend off predators including hawks, … Continue reading Creature Feature: Lizards Under Pressure

Creature Feature: Woodpeckers are Pros at Protecting their Brains

By Allie Miller and Jen Schill from the Biomimcry Institute Given that there are more than 180 species of woodpeckers worldwide, in many parts of the world, the woodpecker’s distinctive drumming is a familiar sound. These birds can peck at an astounding 8,000 to 12,000 pecks per day, and up to 20 pecks a second. With all of that activity, you’d think Woody would end … Continue reading Creature Feature: Woodpeckers are Pros at Protecting their Brains