Julie Stanley secured a grant from Trout in the Classroom for a year-long project that provided her sixth-graders the opportunity to observe fish growth and become involved in the protection of trout populations and habitats. Students also gained hands-on experience with water quality testing and tank maintenance. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Raising Trout in the Classroom
ENVIRONMENT Silicon Valley is booming, and longtime residents are being driven out. But only in Shoreline Park are the newcomers eating the natives. (New York Times) Where else are feral cats threatening native species? Use our study guide to learn how Australia is dealing with the problem. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker … Continue reading Feeding Feral Cats is Not For the Birds
ENVIRONMENT A recent study finds that the often-feared big cats actually help keep crops and domesticated animals safe from other threats. (Scientific American) Zoom in on the dwindling range of the biggest of the big cats with today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research investigates “ecosystem services” offered by tigers … Continue reading How Tigers Benefit Farmers
ENVIRONMENT Among Puerto Rico’s displaced residents is an entire flock of critically endangered parrots. (Atlas Obscura) How are conservationists working to support Puerto Rican parrots? Use our activity to learn more about captive breeding. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The great Atlas Obscura article describes the Puerto Rican parrot, also called the iguaca, as … Continue reading Mystery of the Missing Puerto Rican Parrots
SCIENCE Even sharks—infamous predator of the sea—risk becoming prey to the American alligator. (Newsweek) Use our activity to help students create an imaginary marine ecosystem—then throw an alligator in there. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why was it a surprise to find that American alligators are preying on sharks? They’re usually not in the … Continue reading Gator vs. Shark!