Floating Fire Ants Mess with Texas

ENVIRONMENT They’re more venomous, more aggressive, and “Holy crap. I have never, in my entire career as an ant researcher, seen *anything* like this.” (The Atlantic) What are fire ants? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Take a look at some of the jaw-dropping photos of fire ant colonies floating in the floodwaters of the … Continue reading Floating Fire Ants Mess with Texas

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? We learned … … what the best new maps are, according to cartographers. Zoom in on one of the best maps of the year, from National Geographic magazine’s May issue.   … Pluto’s heavy heart may have turned the world upside-down. How did NASA get close enough to peer into Pluto’s pretty heart?   … bird poop may keep … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

Why Australia Has to Kill 2 Million Cats

ENVIRONMENT The cull isn’t part of some cruel anti-cat agenda. (Washington Post) Feral cats are actually fierce feline predators responsible for killing more than a billion small mammals and birds each year. Watch our Crittercam video to see how a game of cat-and-mouse really plays out . . . Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Why Australia Has to Kill 2 Million Cats

One of ‘Darwin’s Finches’ Struggles to Survive

SCIENCE One of the world’s rarest birds, the mangrove finch has dwindled to a habitat the size of just 12 city blocks. Here’s how scientists are trying to bring it back from near-extinction. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to understand why these little birds have such big reputations. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a … Continue reading One of ‘Darwin’s Finches’ Struggles to Survive

Fishy Situation

ENVIRONMENT Thousands of goldfish have taken over a lake in Colorado. (Boulder Camera) Get an introduction to invasive species with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity “Introduction to Invasive Species.” Apply its questions to the fish in Teller Lake. What type of fish are “taking over” Teller Lake? Trick … Continue reading Fishy Situation