‘Tis the season to celebrate our favorite fabulous felines! That’s right: Next weekend is Big Cat Weekend here at National Geographic! Big cats include lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and snow leopards. These extraordinary creatures, which play an incredibly important role in their ecosystems, cannot be replaced. If they are not at the top of the food chain, the delicate balance of trophic relationships will be … Continue reading Welcome the Week with Big Cats
ENVIRONMENT It turns out that Florida’s prettiest pinkos are natives of the Sunshine State after all. (National Geographic) Learn more about American flamingos with the Photo Ark! Discussion Ideas What is the species range of the American flamingo? Until recently, the species range of the American flamingo was thought to be mostly in the countries of the Caribbean—hence the bird’s other name, the Caribbean flamingo. … Continue reading Florida’s Flamingos Were Hiding in Plain Sight
ENVIRONMENT New research shows a trend of vultures avoiding Portugal in favor of Spain, and human activity is likely to blame. (BBC) How else are vultures adapting their species ranges? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Portugal is a nice place! Why are vultures avoiding it? Read through the short BBC article for some help. … Continue reading Why Vultures Avoid Portugal
WORLD Researchers are supporting a call to list the cheetah as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. (National Geographic) Familiarize your students with endangered species using our encyclopedia entry and reference resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scientists are calling for cheetahs to be reclassified from “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” … Continue reading Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs
WORLD Evidence suggests that camels came with Roman legions to sites throughout Southern Europe. (Dr. Caitlin R. Green) What else was going on in Londinium? Use our great resource to learn more about Roman London. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the map above, and compare it with this fantastic … Continue reading What Were Camels Doing in Ancient Britain?