Creature Feature: Wait, there are bears in South America?

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?

Panda Populations on the Rebound

SCIENCE The population of wild giant pandas has risen some 17% in just over a decade, the Chinese government reported this week. (Nat Geo News) Play our game to design a giant panda wildlife reserve with the right amount of food, water, and shelter to help your pandas be healthy, learn important survival and social skills, and prepare for release into the wild. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Panda Populations on the Rebound

Manatee Invasion!

ENVIRONMENT A Florida park had to close a freshwater spring to swimming and kayaking when over 300 manatees rapidly moved into the area at an unexpected rate. (USA Today) Learn a little about Florida’s manatees with our media spotlight. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through the short USA Today article and look at … Continue reading Manatee Invasion!

Creature Feature: Wild Turkey

What bird is native to North America and has a distinctive gobble call? Today’s featured creature, of course! Today we’re highlighting the wild turkey in celebration of Thanksgiving. Fast Facts Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo Family Name:  Phasianidae Classification: Bird Habitat:  Woodlands Diet: Omnivore (Favorite foods include: plants and animals, including nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and even salamanders!) Size: Body, 3.6 to 3.8 ft; wingspan, 4.1 to 4.8 ft Weight: 5.5 to 18.8 lbs Average … Continue reading Creature Feature: Wild Turkey

Educators on Expedition: Journey to the Okavango

The following post was written by 2013 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Megan Swanson. Learn more about Megan and follow her blog here.  This summer, I had the opportunity to visit Botswana with my friend and colleague, Dr. Deborah Bennett.  Through a grant from Fund for Teachers, we came to investigate conservation in the face of increasing human-wildlife conflict.   Our goal is to incorporate this knowledge … Continue reading Educators on Expedition: Journey to the Okavango