Armchair Naturalist

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

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Mongabay |  November 25, 2020 Researchers at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen, Germany designed a study to understand if an ocean cleanup device such as the one used by the nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup is effective in cleaning growing ocean waste. The device works like a “giant Pac-Man,” sweeping up the...
The Guardian|  November 22, 2020 The amount of platypus habitat in Australia has shrunk by 22% in 30 years and the animal should now be listed as a nationally threatened species, according to new research. Scientists from the University of New South Wales, along with three of Australia’s largest environmental organizations – the Australian Conservation...
The Guardian |  November 6, 2020 As part of an experiment to see how technology could improve the wellbeing of captive animals, researchers at Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo installed a tunnel fitted with sensors in a monkey enclosure, giving the primates the chance to choose to listen to the sounds of rain, traffic, zen sounds or...
The Guardian |  October 13, 2020 A magical image of a Siberian tiger hugging an ancient Manchurian fir tree in a Siberian forest was named the 2020 wildlife photographer of the year by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum. The award is one of the world’s most prestigious photography prizes.  Photographer...
The Wildlife Society |  Oct 9, 2020 When looking at an area damaged by wildlife, a team of biologists found that fires didn’t burn intensely in areas near beaver dams but burned on average three times less than areas without beavers. Burning areas where beavers built their dams is “like trying to light a big...
Mongabay |  September 29, 2020 In a move wildlife conservationists are hailing as a victory, Vietnam has established a new nature reserve encompassing critical habitat for numerous species, several of them threatened globally with extinction. Threatened species thought to be living in the new reserve include the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), two species of muntjac deer...
Guardian |  September 29, 2020 Near-blind, underground-burrowing, African Ansell’s mole-rats can sense magnetic fields with their eyes, a study has found. Native to Zambia, the animals have very tiny eyes and live in elaborate underground tunnel systems, feeding on plant tubers and roots. The Ansell’s mole-rat’s eyes are barely functional. They cannot see colour or...
The Guardian|  September 29, 2020 Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report. The Royal Botanical Gardens in the UK led the report, which involved 210 scientists from 42 countries. The main cause of plant losses...
The Wildlife Society | September 18, 2020 In a new study published in Global Ecology and Conservation, researchers in China found that Eurasian tree sparrows show reduced fear responses to people wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. during the study, researchers approached the sparrows and recorded how close the humans could get before the birds took...
The Guardian |  September 16, 2020 Weather events in the southwestern states of the US including dry conditions, wildfires and a cold snap may have all had devastating effects on thousands of migrating birds including flycatchers, swallows and warblers.  For the past few weeks, these species have been literally “falling out of the sky” as...