World’s First ‘Glowing’ Reptile!

SCIENCE Scientists diving recently near the Solomon Islands made an illuminating discovery: The first biofluorescent sea turtle ever recorded. (Nat Geo News) Learn how animals get that certain glow with our explainer on bioluminescence. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Researchers describe “biofluorescence” in the hawksbill sea turtle, but our … Continue reading World’s First ‘Glowing’ Reptile!

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

Biodiversity Festival

By Stuart Thornton, National Geographic Roving Reporter There is a lot to see at BioBlitz’s Biodiversity Festival. Inside a long tented pavilion, manned booths offer students, teachers and parents information about a wide variety of subjects from—local San Francisco Bay area parks to artistically created oyster reefs. The Marine Mammal Center, KQED Science and, of course, National Geographic Education have set up areas that receive … Continue reading Biodiversity Festival