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Grades 6-8

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po...

High in the eucalyptus trees in coastal southern California, a cluster of migrating monarch butterflies formed huddled masses, as if to brave the chill. I could appreciate their need for warmth as my own wind-chilled fingers refused to move, making the delicate task of handling one of the netted butterflies even more challenging. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Comparison of a Parrotlet’s Seed Preference

A visit to her best friend's house inspired this young naturalist to learn more about parrotlets and to design an experiment to determine their favorite seeds. See her findings.

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Activity

North American Mammals Coloring Book

More than 500 mammal species live in North America today. Travel from Alaska to Mexico to find out how six different species survive in their habitats. Then bring them to life with this coloring book.

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Article

Great White South by Herbert G. Ponting

Ponting is one of the best photographers to have documented Antarctica. He was also a fine travel writer. Read an excerpt from his account of traveling with Robert Falcon Scott on his last expedition.

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