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Grades 6-8

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Memory Retention in Landscape Learning of Honeybees, Apis mellifera

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) play a vital role in U.S. agriculture as pollinators of several crops, including carrots, almonds and apples. Pollination is the result of honeybees' ability to remember foraging sites. This study investigated honeybee memory endurance using the relay landscape learning method. Honeybees (n=1,000, Day 0) were released 0.8 kilometers from the experimental hive in opposite directions, 500 for the relay and 500 for the control. On Days 1, 3, 6 and 9, 40 relay and 40 control honeybees were recaptured, repainted, and re-released 1.8 kilometers from the hive.

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Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Inbreeding Case Studies Activity Part 2

This activity extends part 1 by reassigning students to new groups to present the case study completed in part 1, and then to complete the remaining case studies. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Testing Water Quality Near a Public Landfill

The landfill dump near his home had been closed for years, but was their still a risk of chemicals lingering in the groundwater? See what this young naturalist's experiments determined.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Selective Territoriality Among Foxes

The gift of a game camera led this young naturalist to discover wildlife in his own backyard. Find out what he discovered when he focused in on the gray fox.

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