Porcupines might not seem like the best study animal for a group of high school students. With roughly 30,000 quills on their back, the idea of handling them is enough to make even a seasoned researcher carefully weigh the logistics. But read how one wildlife ecologist gave hundreds of students an opportunity to conduct valuable research on the porcupines of the Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wisconsin, […]
Porcupines can live a long time — some up to 18 years. Yet it’s not always the carefree lifestyle one might assume given their prickly armor.
Biologists hail the comeback of Northern elephant seals, once hunted to near extinction for their oil-rich blubber, as one of conservation’s great successes. Now, they’re scrambling to protect the rebounding population’s habitat in Point Reyes, California from rising seas.
This month we are serving up two of our classics from the NATURE archive of films, before taking a summertime break. But keep an eye out for a variety of shows old and new that will stream online all through the summer!
Trees are the original carbon-sequestration tech, and new research continues to open our eyes to their promise as allies in the effort to halt climate change.
Those who explore the waters of the Amazon basin occasionally hear a forceful snort, the sound that a pink river dolphin or boto makes when it surfaces to exhale. Visitors sometimes catch a glimpse of a pinkish, rounded forehead or small dorsal fin just above the surface. That’s likely all they’ll get, though. Not only are these freshwater dolphins relatively shy, but their numbers have […]
Founded in 1998, FrogWatch USA is one of the longest-running citizen science programs around, and, since amphibians are extremely sensitive to environmental changes, FrogWatchers’ observations have been especially valuable.
Summer is just around the corner, and new studies and research just may impact your plans. Here's our latest round-up of science and nature articles worth a read.