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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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
Megan Shersby, Discover Wildlife | October 24, 2019 Sir David Attenborough’s latest wildlife epic, Seven Worlds, One Planet, premiered on BBC One. The globe-trotting nature show spotlights the natural wonders in different continents each episode. It also reveals how each continent has evolved its unique flora and fauna, for at the heart of each film is geology and how the formation...
Science Daily | October 22, 2019 A new study has revealed how common shore crabs can navigate their way around a complex maze and can even remember the route in order to find food. A Swansea University team of scientists, led by marine biologist Dr Ed Pope and master’s student Ross Davies, wanted to see...
Science Daily | October 21, 2019 A study led by researchers from North Carolina State University has found that aye-ayes, extremely rare lemurs known for their constantly growing incisors, large ears, and strange hands — particularly for the slender, elongated middle fingers that they use for locating and spearing grubs inside trees, possess small “pseudothumbs”...
Mindy Weisberger, Live Science | October 16, 2019 Researchers captured rare footage of humpback whales blowing streams of spiraling bubbles to form “nets” of air around groups of the tiny marine creatures that the whales eat. The scientists used cameras flying overhead and attached to feeding whales in waters near southeastern Alaska. Read more