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.

Mary Jo Brooks, NWF  |   Dec 17, 2019 While much needs to be done to reverse the impacts that humans have had on wildlife, there were some successes for wildlife and US public lands. Over 2 million acres of public lands and waters were protected with one bill and New Mexico became the first state...
Bryan Nelson, MNN | December 14, 2019 A new study about plastic waste in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean found that the islands were “literally drowning in plastic” and that hermit crabs were trading in their shells for plastics, and with dire consequences. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote chain of...
NEWS | December 2, 2019 A vast animal migration of countless small sea creatures – from squid to krill – which swim from the ocean depths to near the surface to feed is the largest on the planet and a critical part of Earth’s climate system. For the first time, it has been observed globally by NASA...
Russell McLendon, MNN |  November 27, 2019 Until now, no one had managed to record the heart rate of a blue whale. But a team of U.S. researchers took the first recording of a blue whale’s heart rate. Led by Jeremy Goldbogen, assistant professor of biology at Stanford University, the team used a specialized tracking...
Russell McLendon , MNN | November 20, 2019 A new study finds that noise pollution not only harms lots of animals, but also threatens the survival of more than 100 different species. Published in the journal Biology Letters, the study suggests noise pollution harms species from all over the animal kingdom including amphibians, arthropods, birds,...
Aeon |  November 15, 2019 During a 2016 trek to west New Guinea, biologist Ed Scholes of Cornell University in New York and the US nature photographer Tim Laman discovered a new species of bird of paradise. The species is now called the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise. Click through to the watch a video of the...
Christian Cotroneo, MNN |  November 14, 2019 A plastic jug that was likely left behind by campers nearly ended the life of a coyote who got stuck in it and could not get her head out. She would have died of thirst or starvation. It took a tedious effort of many concerned citizens and rescuers...
Mary Jo DiLonardo, MNN | November 5, 2019 The firefighters from the Ventura County Fire Department were on patrol in a eucalyptus grove in the Maria Fire zone looking for dangerous burnt-out trees when they spotted a great horned owl hopping around in the ashes. The crew approached the owl and wrapped up the owl to...
 ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA , TIME |  November 1, 2019 A pair of researchers developed a footprint identification technique (FIT) and specialized software for researchers to track wildlife populations. A less intrusive substitute for radio collars, the technique can identify individual animals with 95% accuracy without getting up close or using camera traps. Read more
CHRISTIAN COTRONEO, MNN | September 28, 2019 A new study from the University of Liverpool has found that fish feel pain in a way that’s “strikingly similar” to humans. In fact, like us, they hyperventilate and stop eating when they’re hurting. They will even rub the part of their body that aches. Read more