While there's no replacement for experiencing nature in real life, our new Armchair Naturalist corner is a place where kids can read about the latest news and stories about the fascinating world of wildlife and nature.

Times of India|  January 17, 2019 This absolutely beautiful picture of a tigress with her five cubs taken at the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in India is a victory for conservation efforts. With the average tiger litter only has three cubs, this tigress was photographed with her five little offspring! Thankfully...
Focusing on Wildlife |  January 12, 2020 Sloths have become a popular animal to love and meme. But there is a difference between caring for and conserving an animal and exploiting it. With their new popularity, many new tourist attractions have sprung up, selling tickets to “sloth yoga” classes or encouraging visitors to touch the...
MNN |  January 8, 2020 In a new and fascinating study, researchers from the University of Georgia set up over 100 cameras throughout the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The researchers captured around 267,000 images of 20 species including wild boar, Japanese hares, macaques, pheasant, foxes and raccoon dogs, animals...
Mongabay |  January 20, 2020 A 10-second video captured on an Icelandic island shows an Atlantic puffin picking up a stick and scratching itself. The discovery, along with a similar observation from 2014 in Wales, is the first evidence of tool use in seabirds and suggests that seabirds like puffins may be more intelligent or possess...
CBC Radio  | Jan 03, 2020 Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate that 480 million animals have died in the fires in New South Wales since September. The wildfires have destroyed about five million hectares of land in Australia. In this piece, wildlife rescuer Tracy Burgess talks about the animal rescue effort. Read more
Russell McLendon, MNN | December 26, 2019 Researchers looking for microbial DNA in snow samples from Northern Europe and North America found a hidden empire of bacteria, fungi and algae in seemingly lifeless snow. “I was just blown away by the biodiversity,” co-author Shawn Brown, a professor of biology at the University of Memphis, told New Scientist....
Kristine Liao, Audubon Magazine | December 20, 2019 In a study published last month in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers from McGill University found that big bill of the Tufted Puffin helps the bird to release excess body heat after an energetically demanding flight. Essentially, the Tufted Puffin uses its beak to cool down to...
Steven Morris, The Guardian | December 26, 2019 An annual survey from the National Trust found that volatile weather in 2019 led to an influx of migrant species. Warm weather and high winds in the early months of 2019 led to an influx of migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies from the south and east, including...
Phoebe Weston, The Guardian | Dec 21, 2019 According to WWF researchers who study jaguars off the coast of the Brazilian Amazon, a population of jaguars has learned how to catch fish in the sea to survive. This is believed to be the first evidence the elusive creatures have been jumping in the sea to...
Donna Ferguson, The Guardian |  Dec 21, 2019 Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is in bloom for the first time in a glasshouse at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  And it’s not a sweet smell. The orchid smells like “a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sun” and looks like decaying flesh. The look and smell are adaptations to...