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Educator Spotlight: Finding Solutions for Invasive Species

High school biology teacher Beth Quinones worked with a team of educators to engage students in researching invasive species, developing a management plan, and communicating the plan to their target audience. Beth and her collaborators brought in invasive species professionals to deepen students’ understanding of the issue and organized a community event where students shared their management plans and calls to action. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Finding Solutions for Invasive Species

Eat An Alien Invader!

Defend your coastline from invasive species—enjoy a meal! It’s National Invasive Species Week! Invasive species—sometimes called “alien invaders”—are organisms that are not native to the places where they live. They compete so successfully in new ecosystems that they displace native species, and disrupt important processes like food webs. In the ocean, alien invaders can cause serious damage to habitats where seafood is caught or harvested. … Continue reading Eat An Alien Invader!

Feeding Feral Cats is Not For the Birds

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

Cloned Crayfish Are Taking Over the World

SCIENCE A single mutation in a single crayfish has spawned an invasive “army of clones.” (The Atlantic) How did biology and business help another species of crayfish circumnavigate the globe? Find out in our “One Species at a Time” podcast with the Encyclopedia of Life. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Atlantic article says marbled … Continue reading Cloned Crayfish Are Taking Over the World

Saving the Great Barrier Reef, One Wetland at a Time

ENVIRONMENT A large-scale conservation project is underway on an Australian cattle ranch. Its aim: to help save the Great Barrier Reef, 12 miles away. (New Scientist) Why is ag not so sweet for the Great Barrier Reef? Teachers, scroll down for a text set in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas “The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site, and one that is known to … Continue reading Saving the Great Barrier Reef, One Wetland at a Time